I have been working in Mondulkiri province for 4 years now with the organisation Nomad RSI (www.nomadrsi.org). I know the work of CCi since 2009 as they contacted my organisation as they were helping their students from Mondulkiri which have graduated from University to find jobs. Then the next year my organisation started a new project and we have recruited, Chan Oeng, a CCi student who is still working with us nowadays. Then the next year we have collaborate with CCi to support young traditional healers from Mondulkiri province to attend the national course on traditional medicine in Phnom Penh. Two students have been living in the Indigenous Student Centre in Phnom Penh for 6 month. This was a great opportunity as both of them had never been to Phnom Penh or any city before and living in a house with many Bunong students had definitely help them to be comfortable and succeed in their study. Both have been graduated and came back to their village with the official recognition as being traditional healers by the Ministry of Health.
Supporting Bunong people to get University degree is a very important contribution to Mondulkiri development. Thanks to CCi we can see every year more young Bunong people with good education involved with NGOs, government agencies which are the best people to build a harmonious development of the province. For our organisation it is great to be able recruit those Bunong students with good education background as it have been one of the main difficulty that we faced, very few Bunong people had the opportunity to study at the university.
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I first met Tommy Daniels and got to know about the work of CCi when I was requested to make an assessment of the school in Sen Monorom in 2002. I was already familiar with the province having worked for Medicines Du Monde (a French NGO) for over a year supporting the inadequate health service in the province, which is remote, sparsely populated and often referred to as the forgotten province of Cambodia. I was later a long term election observer for the Asia Foundation (for both Mondolkiri and neighboring Kratie province) – this is an American NGO committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. It was working in Mondolkiri that I fully understood the difficulties the tribal population and other marginalized people in Mondolkiri face especially in health and education. At the time very few, if any, NGOs were seriously addressing these issues and the government was unable. The work of CCi was like a beacon of shining light and I was very struck by the friendly atmosphere and optimism whenever I visited.
I am now working in rural Uganda with Medcines Sans Frontirieres (better known in N America as Doctors Without Borders) and have worked in several developing and conflict countries including Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, South Sudan and Lebanon. But I have a particular fondness for Cambodia in general – I first started working there in 1993 and I am actually married a Cambodian - but Mondolkiri in particular. I also met Tommy Daniels in Phnom Penh and was interested in how the work there directly links with the activities in Mondolkiri.
The commendable, tireless and valuable work that CCi has done and continue to do is so important to Sen Monorom as it educates the young Montagnard people who can then return to help this underdeveloped province with their knowledge and I can think of no better organization to support.
Chris Hall, Logistics Coordinator, MSF Uganda, email@example.com
I have known Tommy Daniels and have been familiar with the work of Cambodia Corps for almost ten years. They keep a low profile but are highly effective. they fill an imortant need that would not otherwise be met, either nmy the Cambodian Government or by other NGOs.
While living in Japan I was the Executive Director of a Funding Foundation called Refugees International Japan and involved with Refugees International in Washington DC, in this capacity I visited many refugees areas to assess organisations which we were funding and had a special interest in Cambodia. In 2000 I moved to Portugal where I founded a small funding organisation called Friends of Cambodia. In 2004 I was looking for a project to fund and CCi was recommended to me. We visited them in Mondlekiri and we were very impressed with what they were achieving. Education is very empowering and the idea that the students should come back and share what they had learned was very appealing The staff was very helpful and the students were very happy. We have also been involved in their Phnom Penh programme and it has been very rewarding to be able to see the students graduate and move back to Mondlekiri. One of our supporter is a dentist and he now visits Cambodia each year to check the students teeth. Another way of supporting CCi. I have been most impressed with the whole organisation and especially with the dedication of Mr. Daniels and recommend it as a good organisation to support Geraldine Willcox MBE President Friends of Cambodia
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I traveled to Phnom Penh with another volunteer in May of 2010 expressly to work with the Cambodia Corps and the Montagnard highlander students whom the CCi supports. Our non-profit organization works with many Montagnard highlanders in Vancouver, Canada, helping to promote their cultural arts - particularly their sacred dance and music traditions, as well as language, crafts, and way of life. Our goal in volunteering in Cambodia was to enable the highlander students there through the CCi. We were very impressed with the advanced education support program that they had been running and their track record of graduated students. Our visit consisted of several parts: 1) I was bringing donations of laptops from Canada for the use of students at the CCi. We ensured that they were properly configured and students familiar with their use. They were clearly needed and well appreciated. 2) I provided training in computing science - specifically concepts of Linux, networking, security, and software development. This was primarily directed to students taking computing science degrees. 3) We toured Montagnard villages in the northeast where the students originated. Several students acted as our guides. We were introduced to families and parents and learned more about the challenges on-the-ground for Montagnard there - for education, work, and their way of life. We spent nearly one month in Cambodia. We came away all the more impressed by Mr. Daniels and the CCi. This takes a tremendous effort and organization to achieve - and the benefits and outcomes are clear and undeniable. I strongly support the CCi's mission of empowering and elevating the Montagnard people through advanced education, skills, and knowledge. Loki Jorgenson, Ph.D., President, Monsoon Society for the Cultural Arts of Southeast Asia
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