Volunteering with CCF in early 2015 gave me the chance to see first-hand the amazing work being done by CCF in the Steung Meanchey community. As well as educating and caring for more than 2,200 children, CCF operates a broad spectrum of community services that support the families to keep the kids in school. The staff really do ‘work from the heart’, with an underlying belief that CCF children can be the next generation of Cambodian leaders. It is clear that CCF's work with these kids is truly life changing - breaking the cycle of poverty and providing them with the opportunities they deserve.
In 2012 I came across an article in People magazine called "Heroes Among Us", featuring Scott Neeson, founder of Cambodian Children's Fund in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I had been a loyal sponsor to another organization for many years but at some point I felt that I would like to have more interaction with my sponsor child and it appeared that CCF did encourage just that: frequent communication through email, Skype and even visits!
I did my due diligence by spending some time checking all of the charity evaluators and reading sponsor reviews before I made a decision. I was impressed with CCF's 100% rating for accountability and transparency and low fund raising and compensation expense (compared to other major charities). I made my commitment to CCF and within a couple of weeks I was introduced to 9 year old Kunthea.
My 7 year sponsor experience with CCF has exceeded my expectations ten fold. I have been blessed with the most lovely young lady to sponsor! In addition to the numerous letter and video exchanges, I've had the good fortune to be able to visit Kunthea in 2017 and again this year where I toured CCF and the Neeson Scripps Academy, an amazing state of the art educational facility. I chatted with her teachers, viewed her school work, met her parents and cute little brother and her school chums. It is always a tearful goodbye when I leave but I am also heartened by the fact that she has such a great future in front of her - a future that would never have been possible if it were not for CCF and all of the programs made available to her.
CCF staff in California and in Phnom Penh, are diligent in keeping sponsors informed through emails, social media and even personal invitations to attend events at which I have met Scott Neeson as well as many of the bright students who travel to attend leadership summits California. I would encourage any potential sponsor to consider CCF if it is important for you to really and truly get to know your sponsor child, actively exchange communication in all forms and, if possible, experience a visit to Phnom Penh and the amazing facilities and smiling faces of the children and staff of Cambodian Children's Fund.
I worked as a volunteer with CCF for 3 months, teaching yoga to the children, staff and “grannies”. I loved my experience with CCF. The staff is committed and caring and supported me in every way possible during my stay. The children are even more inspiring in person. based on my experience, I would give CCF a 10 out of 10 for excellence in regards to creating a safe, caring, effective and sustainable organization.
I've just come back from a trip to PP where I visited CCF and saw the amazing work that they do. I was really impressed with their philosophy and the fact they help the entire family unit, and not just a child - this is so important, as everyone benefits. The level of education that the students get is amazing and the schools are of a very high level. I was given the opportunity to be involved with the dinner preparation at CCF, and it was truly a humbling experience.
However, the real eye opener was when I went for the community walk! The obstacles and barriers the children and their families overcome on a daily basis is mind boggling. I happened to go on a very rainy day, and just walking through the community where the "road" was pretty much a small river by the time I was there, and to see the houses that CCF provides and the food that they give the community so that the families can function as "normal" is amazing. I truly felt that this was a charity where the money donated is directly benefiting the people it's for.
CCF initially came across our radar through the wonderful profile piece on founder, Scott Neeson, which aired on Australian Story (ABC TV, Australia - a must watch and it's on the CCF website!) and reports from friends about this incredible charity.
Our family started sponsoring children and we loved the fact that the sponsorship required, apart from finance, a commitment on our part to support these children and communicate with them on a regular basis by email i.e. the children, who are amongst the most impoverished in the world, are the absolute focus of the organisation.
CCF provides these gorgeous children an education and opportunity to overcome the enormous odds that have been stacked against them by circumstances of birth and a devastating national history.
We have visited CCF twice over the past few years and remain even more committed to this wonderful charity each time. CCF programmes wrap their arms around the children and families of Steung Meanchey to support them in a holistic way; providing 'rice rewards' for children whose parents support their attendance at school (making up for the meagre, lost wages that a child might contribute picking through toxic rubbish for recyclables); food programmes so that no child goes hungry (even those in the community but not enrolled in CCF); a community medical centre providing vaccinations, maternal health programmes and access to life saving care for the community; wonderful practical and emotional support for the elders of the community', and most importantly a firmly entrenched leadership programme which encourages and ensures that the students benefitting from the programmes CCF offers are engaged and committed to give back to their community in a multitude of ways.
It is the most beautiful thing to watch CCF teenagers voluntarily help serve en masse dinners to young children during the early evening in school yards and see young people visiting the 'grannies' who lost so much and so many during the Pol Pot years.
Every person in this organisation, from the founder, and the CEO, to the incredible group of locals, ex-pats and volunteers who are drawn in by the amazingly successful model this charity has created must be utterly commended for the real difference they are making.
While I can never quite capture everything this NGO is offering and achieving without writing an essay, in short, what CCF is doing works. This charity is making a real difference where it counts - in so many ways.
Any donations to CCF have a real impact. It is a locally based and incredibly efficient NGO with a very big heart and real focus and purpose - and proven track record of 'results'.
The smiles on the faces of the children you encounter there, given an opportunity to go to school and even on to higher education, something that so many of us take for granted, says it all.
These guys really are the best. They are uniquely able to turn almost 100 cents in the dollar into pure change for children who need it the most.
I have had the pleasure of volunteering with Cambodian Children’s Fund in Phnom Penn for the past three months. Having volunteered at the Sydney Office for six months prior to this, I was already impressed by the calibre of the staff and how passionately they felt for empowering these children. This has only been strengthened throughout my time in Phnom Penh. CCF employs a unique, multi-faceted approach that involves the entire community, from grandmother to infant. Rather than a band-aid approach to educational aid, CCF and its wonderful staff tailor their action towards the specific community with outstanding results. I have met grandmothers learning to swim and to be literate in Khmer, as well as seen first-hand a child who was on death’s doorstep a year ago flourish and walk around as a healthy little boy now. As mentioned, the staff are a huge reason for the success of this NGO, with every single member embodying a level of integrity, compassion and sensitivity that serves CCF well. The goal of empowerment and producing tomorrow’s leaders is not just an aspiration but a reality through this NGO’s amazing work. It was a privilege to be a part of this, and I loved my time here very much.
Twice now I’ve been honored to meet the annual group of kids from Cambodia who have earned the trip to the US for Tony Robbins Global Youth Summit in San Diego.
These kids have worked incredibly hard to earn the right to attend. They are so intelligent and so appreciative of everything CCF has done for them in Cambodia. CCF is changing their lives and they have the education, intelligence, drive, and commitment to return home to Cambodia and become pillars of their neighborhoods and do their part to help change the lives of others and help make their communities better.
CCF is giving them the chance to improve their futures and also the futures of those around them. It’s very exciting!
But CCF does so much more than just this group of teenagers. They have a school in Cambodia with so many students and they provide an education for these children who would not have the opportunity of a good education if it wasn’t for CCF.
I learned a lot about CCF and it’s founder Scott Newsom, by watching some videos on YouTube. You should watch too and learn about how wonderful this organization really is! You’ll understand why I’m so excited.
I have visited the Cambodian Children's Fund
It is the most incredible charity I have ever encountered
They have taken women men and children who have lived on the garbage dump of Siem Rep and created homes education and health care for them
They will go on to have a productive life and change through one generation of having the basic necessities of life brought to them
I am grateful that I can help these children and their families
Every dollar given is a step forward for these people. I saw it with my own eyes...From babies to Grandmas...!!
I hope anyone who reads this will read about Scott Neeson (who I think is a Holy Man) and his great contribution
We must all help him continue to do God's work
shirley stamen jaffe
I've been a supporter of CCF for the past few years and have volunteered at one of their events. From everything I've seen, CCF's programs have a profound impact on the lives of the families they assist, and its staff are honest, dedicated, and resourceful. I have every confidence that my donations are put to good use, and I'd love to volunteer with CCF again in the future.
I had the pleasure of volunteering for CCF for three months, over that period I was welcomed as member of the CCF team and I was given a unique insight into the amazing work they do. I was particularly pleased to see that the volunteer roles steer away from 'voluntourism', and instead focus on capacity building for local staff.
Seeing the impact CCF has on the communities in Steung Meanchey is almost unbelievable. The opportunities that CCF provides are truly life changing, and it is inspiring to be involved. It is exciting to meet students at CCF, knowing that they will go on to do amazing things in life. By investing in CCF, either through volunteering or becoming a donor, you are helping to build a sustainable model that will have a lasting positive impact.
I have loved being a part of CCF and it is an experience I will carry me in life.
Our Hair Aid team worked with CCF to provide free hair cutting training to teach those a skill that they could earn money from. Our team was honoured to tour the entire CCF facility and we were so humbled to see the extensive holistic network they have created to provide a better life for those that experience life much tougher than ours ever will be. Our team was grateful to work with such dedicated volunteers, staff and we plan for a long and sustainable continuation of this!
I volunteered with CCF for 3 weeks with the education team. CCF is an amazing organization that has made a tremendous impact on the community.
CCF is the best not for profit organisation I have worked with in regards to their wholistic and sustainable approach.
I have been working with them for about 6 years, I visited them 6 years ago while taking a one month trip to Cambodia. Since that visit I have kept in contact with the team in Sydney and ran 4 fundraisers for CCF from Melbourne. Most recently I have visited the CCF office, schools and hospitals and worked in the Sponsership Department for 2 weeks. It was a great experience, they were very welcoming and transparent. I worked on a number of projects that were associated with my skill set and my professional background, it was great to feel that I really added value to the team.
I will go back again and visit in a heartbeat!
I've just come back from volunteering with CCF for 8 months as a yoga teacher to the staff and kids. It was lovely teaching and being able to assist in providing a space for wellbeing and mindfulness for them. The volunteer staff were so helpful and supportive throughout the time. During my stay I was able to see the work that CCF does and am so impressed with the hard working staff who provide amazing services to the kids, their families and communities to lift them out of poverty - and in such a holistic and integrated way - from education, housing, medical care, food program, granny program etc . There is such a big emphasis on education and supporting the kids to stay in school. I'm so grateful to have contributed to an organisation which is making such a positive impact to the next generation of Cambodia's children.
I’ve just finished volunteering for CCF as a teaching development advisor and learning/ teaching coach. I cannot completely express in words how amazing and life-changing this experience has been for me. It’s something you have to see for yourself and it’s not hard to see why CCF has been voted one of the top not-for-profit organisations in the world.
CCF has many arms and legs in Phnom Penh’s Steung Meanchey community which aims to reach out to the most impoverished members through its 60+ projects. Its primary focus is to educate children to become leaders and transform their communities. It is heartwarming to walk or tuk tuk around the community and see happy children in their CCF school uniforms waving back or running up for a hug while making their way to or from the satellite schools in which I worked in.
I have been most fortunate to work with an amazing bunch of local teachers and teaching development officers during my time here. They were so supportive from the first day and made me feel so welcome. Nothing was too difficult, even when resources were sometimes limited.
My weekly schedule gave me lots of scope to provide hands on support to demonstrate, co-teach, observe and train with teachers and students. It was exciting to see how some of the iniatives were being used and how willing the teachers and students were to try new things, despite some lost in translation moments. Sometimes these also became very funny teachable moments.
It is no secret that these kids are doing it tough but I admire their grit, their humour, their resilience, their determination and their positive spirit in the face of adversity. I believe they taught me as much as I could have ever taught them.
I also had the pleasure of working with an incredible team of volunteers and corporate staff. All of them go above and beyond their call of duty. They are experts in their own field and it is inspiring to work with such a like-minded group. Scott has inspired an organisation that demands high expectations and a higher purpose for the transformation of its participants to occur. It’s hard to walk away unaffected in a positive way by CCF. It’s a common story for volunteers to return. When you come to CCF for your own volunteer experience, you’ll understand why.
I moved back to Cambodia in 2013 and began working in the local government. My wife and I started to hear about Scott's work and became really interested in seeing how we could help in any way.
One day after the gym I went into Brown to have breakfast and spotted Scott, I couldn't let this opportunity pass me so I introduced myself and started to learn about CCF. After meeting Janet and visiting one of the locations I really wanted to help in any way possible. My wife's father who is the head of the Anti-corruption Unit became very interested in Scott's work and now we are putting together a proposal to see how we can help in a big way.
I personally know that some people may feel hesitant in donating money etc. But I can assure you this is one of the legitimate places to do so.
We cannot thank the whole team enough at CCF for doing what they do on a daily basis. The only way is to give back in one way or another.
Wow. What an incredible day. I loved how CCF run an integrated model where they are not only supporting the children but the entire community and looking after all the needs to ensure families are stable and children can attend school. Amazing work and they are creating a huge impact. Felt so privileged to see it first hand.
In the past, when I saw dire situations such as that of the community around the former Steung Meanchey garbage dump in Phnom Penh, I simply fell into a depressing sense of helplessness. In working with CCF, I now see hope realized. Beyond food, shelter and education, CCF gives hope, and with hope, we are changing the World one child at a time.
I volunteered at CCF as a teacher trainer in February 2017. I was amazed by the number of programs that CCF offered the people of Steung Meanchey such as the granny program, Toms shoes distribution to neighbouring communities, food programs, youth camps and many more. I thought they were run very well by the staff, student leaders, EO's, management team and volunteers.
I really liked the way the students at CCF were encouraged to become leaders and lead the programs themselves contributing to their education but also their community. This gives the students responsibilities, empowers them and gives them the support and foundations to help build their communities from a local level. Furthermore the staff were very dedicated to their students and most appeared to love working with CCF to empower the children towards a brighter future.
My experience within the classrooms helping the teachers, demonstrated to me the passion and care the staff had for their students. I believe this supportive and caring environment encouraged the students to come to school and build a love of learning. The students were playful and friendly and loved seeing their friends. At my time at CCF I saw lots of happy, smiling children.
CCF has had a huge influence on the people of Steung Meanchey, not just the students but the community as well. CCF as well as Scott Neeson have created programs that pull the people out of poverty through education, which in my opinion, is the most important thing that you can offer someone. Although there are pitfalls and issues that arise in the community, Scott is committed to the people and finds ways to help support them and I believe this makes a great leader.
CCF is committed to distributing donations and funds effectively and this was shown through sponsorship donations by Tom's shoes to cloth local children, resources like books and iPads to build up the library centres as well as leftover foods from bakeries and cafes to feed the children during school times.
I just wanted to say how welcomed I felt at CCF from the first day I arrived. The organisation and everyone that works within it are very friendly and this sets a lovely tone and makes someone new feel very welcome. It is also very nice to feel like you are giving back to the community and are valued for your time and presence within it. Thank you CCF!