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Cambodian Children's Fund

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, International, International Relief, Philanthropy, Preschools, Public Foundations

Mission: Cambodian Children's Fund transforms the country's most impoverished kids into tomorrow's leaders, by delivering education, family support and community development programs into the heart of Cambodia's most impoverished communities. We believe that with the right education and support, one child has the potential to lift an entire family out of poverty and that a generation of educated children has the power to change a whole society. Through intensive, long-term investments in children, CCF is helping students build the skills, confidence and integrity they need to become the progressive spokespeople and leaders of change in their community.

Results: Providing 2,400 kids with education and other services. Nearly 800 births with zero maternal deaths through the maternal care program. Dozens of children who once struggled to receive any education are now enrolled or preparing to enroll in university. More students attend university every year. Older students enrolled in vocational training have a 100 percent job placement rate.

Target demographics: impoverished families, kids

Geographic areas served: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Programs: education, health care, nutritional programs, vocational training, leadership skills, and family assistance.

Community Stories

206 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In January 2019 I had the pleasure of starting 3 months volunteering at Cambodian Children’s Fund in the role of Kindergarten Teacher Training and Development Advisor. I had become a sponsor for a child at CCF two years previously and had done my homework to make sure this organisation was the best use of my money and time. Previously I had been a sponsor with other charities and also made donations but it felt like dropping money in a bucket with no real engagement. Initially I was impressed at the CCF commitment to frequent interaction between sponsor and child so that real relationships are formed. I was also impressed by the fact CCF works with the whole community based on need and not just for the children who are lucky enough to have sponsors. When I was accepted as a volunteer I was delighted to have the opportunity to bring my skills into a very different teaching context. CCFs commitment throughout the whole community is inspirational. The respect, bordering on reverence, that is shown to Scott Neeson by the community is clear and authentic. My experience of living in Cambodia and working for this amazing organisation has bought about both professional and personal fulfilment. It has been life changing in the fact that it fascinated and challenged me professionally. I was able to reflect on, adapt and mentor aspects of my teaching experience and practice and share with very responsive teachers. I was able to participate fully throughout the whole organisation, from getting to work with the engaging children and kind and hardworking teachers in the kindergarten section daily, through to participation in professional meetings with the Education Management Team and Head of Education I was able to submit reports and plans, introduce new teaching resources, run teacher workshops and engage input and support from other organisations including the International School of Phnom Penh and UWC from Singapore. I was also able to take part with the Granny, food and distribution of shoes programs. The volunteers are well supported by Claudia and Len who made sure our experience was as full, fun and as rewarding as possible. I have no hesitation in recommending CCF for anyone looking to donate, sponsor or share valuable skills that the people of Cambodia so desperately need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I highly recommend CCF, and I always rave about it to family and friends. I volunteered at CCF for three months at one of their primary schools as a buddy teacher. I felt entirely comfortable and the staff, volunteers, and students were so welcoming. I also received incredible support from the the volunteer support team, and I felt like I could approach them with any concern I might have had. I also got to witness the amazing programs CCF run. In addition to the high quality education and leadership programs, they address pretty much any barrier a child may have in attending school. A free medical clinic, food program, sponsorship program, foster program, granny program, housing support and community programs are just a few of the wonderful programs they run. The whole time I was volunteering at CCF, I felt like the needs of the children and community members were always put first, and that was clear every time I was in the thriving community. I would definitely recommend that everyone considers sponsoring, donating, volunteering, or working with this incredible charity.

Jess H.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Cambodia Children’s Fund (CCF) for 3 months as a buddy teacher after I finished school. During my 3 months with the CCF I was blown away by their support to all the children, the families and the community. You can really see the positive impact the CCF is having on thousands within the community. The level of education and support each child receives is incredible. They are providing some of the worlds most impoverished children with life changing opportunities and are making a whole new generation of leaders. They are transforming lives. The CCF is a happy environment where everyone feels safe which allows the children to focus on their studies.

During my 3 months at the CCF I was given lots support and was made to feel very welcome. Whilst my volunteer role was based in the classrooms I also got to spend time at the food program and the Granny program. The CCF also provided me with workshops, such as; the cross cultural communications workshop and Child protection. Both of these workshops taught me valuable skills to use throughout my 3 months with the CCF.

Words cannot describe my admiration towards the Cambodian Children’s Fund, it is a truly remarkable place !

1 Amy Lynn B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for only four months with CCF, but I loved each day I would have the opportunity to work with the kids. The students were always appreciative and were very enthusiastic to learn despite their difficult home life situations. The teachers were accommodating and welcomed the support. On my last day, the students really out did themselves to make and give me so many lovely cards. CCF has been one of my best volunteering experiences ever!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I only had the proviledge of working with CCF for a few months, but a really enjoyed my experience. For the children in their program, they really go above and beyond to help them. I only wish more children would be able to qualify.

1 Evan A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have nothing but amazing things to say about my time spent volunteering at CCF. I worked in the medical clinic assisting and learning from the excellent doctors and nurses working there for almost two months. I was amazed at how much each physician truly cares about every individual patient. From handling trauma injuries to a simple health check up, each patient is given the best care possible with what is available for them at CCF. As a volunteer, I felt honored to contribute to the CCF team in whatever ways I could. I would not trade my time spent at CCF or the experience I gained there for anything. CCF is a special place to be and I feel blessed to be able to say that I was part of it even in a small way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently spent two weeks in Phnom Penh volunteering as a teaching assistant at one of the CCF satellite schools, CCF 5. I assisted Teacher Sreylen Yeat in teaching 6 - 8 year olds. The children are all incredibly loving and friendly, and the teachers are all so hardworking, inclusive and intelligent. During my time there, I met some of the most inspirational and dedicated people I've ever met; everyone from Teacher Len to our tuk tuk driver Lina to the NCA students who led the Granny Programme and the Evening Food Service. My experience at CCF was, though short, very touching, enriching and intense. I'm so grateful to have been able to have gotten involved with such an amazing organisation, and to have learned all I did about CCF as well as Cambodia.

1 Jae L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent two weeks volunteering at Cambodian Children's Fund this summer and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Firstly, the staff at CCF were incredibly supportive - from the teachers at the satellite schools to our friendly tuk tuk driver, everyone was attentive and went above and beyond to ensure that we settled into the CCF family comfortably. At the satellite school that I volunteered at, I taught two classes of children from 10-12 under the supervision of my teacher. Despite only being there for 2 weeks, the close bonds I developed with my kids were my favorite part of this entire experience, and I'm so thankful for everyone from CCF who made this possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the absolute pleasure to Volunteer with CCF in several of their satellite schools over 3 months. Over those three months, it was so clear to see how deeply the staff and other volunteers care for the children and the community. The passion and genuine love was such a treat to be a part of, and the intelligence, humour and liveliness of the children speaks for itself. Everything, from class schedules to after-school programs, was extremely well thought out and organized. As a volunteer, CCF supported me through extra training, open communications 24/7 and more than ample opportunity to express any concerns or recommendations I had for them. CCF will truly hold a spot in my heart forever, thank you so much for having me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A lot of what makes CCF special is the effort they put into making everyone feel like a part of a family. Their kindness and relentless effort to make me feel like a part of their community was touching. I had the pleasure of working at 4 separate CCF schools for 3 months and was met by unwavering support and love from every staff, volunteer and student. Every detail of this organization seems meticulously thought out and every person working here plays a fundamental role in the upkeep of the community built. It was nothing short of a pleasure getting the chance to work amongst such brilliant people. Thank you!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cambodian Children's Fund exceeded every expectation I had in a nonprofit. I have spend time over the past 2 years volunteering with CCF and have nothing but great things to say about them. Every program and service is thought out to every detail. All of the staff have so much love, experience and expertise to bring to the children and communities. As a volunteer I was supported in every possible way. CCF offered extra training, personal support and I always felt so accepted and appreciated. Cambodian Children's Fund really is doing amazing things out there and they'll forever hold a piece of my heart.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In June I had an amazing chance to be able to do a weeks volunteering in the Marketing Department at CCF. They allowed me to go into the community with them and come up with new marketing strategy ideas. They are all lovely people and felt very welcome around them the first day. They made sure that I was ok and got me involved in everything that they were working on. Will definitely be going back

2 Charlotte W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently I had the pleasure of volunteering a small amount of my time to a weekend project at NCA. The three mornings I spent there filled me with joy and positivity about the impact CCF is having on so many lives, also spending time with such vibrant and interested kids with smiles that light up the room made me feel wonderful. They are so welcoming and try hard, during our sessions they wowed me with their ability to try and excel at new challenges while still having fun.

We were working on a project learning how to reuse waste fabrics and turn them into new things, such as toys, rugs, bags etc as part of the Fashion Revolution, Re-A-Dress waste challenge. We also got taken on a very impacting tour by a lovely member of CCF where we learn all about the impact CCF is having on this community. It was all very touching.

I taught them how to draw clothes on layout paper, how to think about design and introduced them to the idea of creating an industry standard tech pack. It was so interesting to see the sketches the groups came up.


I am so glad to of had this opportunity to work with Sharleen who is an amazing woman and teacher at CCF, helping to share some of the knowledge I have gained over the years working as a designer. I would be happy to come back anytime and volunteer more of my time to this amazing school. I am honoured to have shared a very rare and special experience, there is a real buzz in the air at the school and I would recommend anyone coming and getting involved where they can.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Cambodian's Children's Fund (CCF) is a wonderful charity organization that my wife and I discovered! We got involved first as a donor.......and eventually as a sponsor of a 10yo girl (named Rangsey). Sponsoring a child in another country was something we had never thought of doing before. But with CCF, it all came naturally.

I was sponsored to America in 1980, and went back to visit Cambodia in 2005 for the very first time. I saw first-hand the rampant poverty there, and the lack of opportunities and assistance for the impoverished families and children in many situations. I felt the situation in life was hopeless for many children growing up there.

A few years later, we discovered Scott Neeson's story: about how he gave up his Hollywood executive life to make a difference in the extremely-desperate garbage community of Steung Meanchey. He started CCF to give hope to Cambodia's most impoverished children!

Scott's sacrifice of his Hollywood executive life to help Cambodia's poorest of the poor inspired my wife and I to get involved with CCF, to help him and help the children in Cambodia. We are proud to be involved with CCF and especially in our sponsoring relationship with Rangsey.

Thank you Scott Neeson and Cambodian Children's Fund for giving hope to Cambodia's children, and thank you Andrea (CCF staff in Santa Monica) for all her work coordinating everything!

2 ccflaura

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Farah J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.