CCF were a joy to volunteer with over the course of my colleague and I's 3-month stay in Phnom Penh, where we delivered training to CCF staff members in SLT (speech and language therapy) principles and working with children with Special Educational Needs. cCF were proactive in engaging with us before we arrived in the city, scheduling a Skype meeting and being easily contactable by email. Once we arrived, Claudia (who works with volunteers) met us for coffee and talked to us not only about the experience of working for CCF but also gave us loads of pieces of advice and recommendations for our time living in the city. CCF care first and foremost about the wellbeing of the Cambodian people they serve. They ensure volunteers are equipped with the knowledge they need to treat these people appropriately by delivering an initial training (1 hour) and Child Protection Training, as well as ensuring volunteers read and sign the Child Protection Statement. CCF also care about their volunteers, offering emotional support (should it be needed) and checking in regularly to ensure we received all the help we needed. Hem Len, another member of CCF staff, gave us a food tour of the city when we first arrived, which was not only fun but also gave us a head start in knowing how to eat well in Phnom Penh. The staff team at head office are friendly and the staff we were training in the nursery and Neeson-Cripps Academy were welcoming and willing to learn. CCF provided excellent translators who were crucial in helping us to get our message across.CCF have been the most organised team we have worked with during our time in Cambodia, which has allowed my colleague and I to feel we were able to make an impact. I would thoroughly recommend volunteering with them and it makes for an incredibly rewarding experience.
I first visited Cambodian Children’s Fund from Perth, Australia in 2008. I was visiting my brother, who was a shareholder in an independent newspaper published in Phnom Penh. I had never been to Cambodia before, or heard of CCF. The poverty of the city, with its embedded tortured history, the children begging on the streets, struck me immediately.
I was only there for 3 days, but wanted to help in some way. Visiting CCF, provided my answer. Scott Neeson was overseeing a haven for impoverished children, and the surrounding communities. The children were thriving, happy, very securely cared for,
I left that day, having sponsored 2 children. I had sponsored children before, but this was different. Scott Neeson made it very clear to me, that this was a real responsibility. If I did not write regularly, and truly engage and care for my child, I would be be warned, as unacceptable. The children were vulnerable and needed to gain trust. I must say this impressed me enormously. The system works. I have sponsored many children, and have always regarded them as part of my family. My respect for Scott Neeson, and the completely authentic, ethical non profit he has fought so hard to establish, has only grown In bucketloads over the years. Phnom Penh has become my 2nd home. CCF is not a normal charity. It becomes part of your life, and your involvement enriches, not only the CCF community, but yourself.
We first became involved with CCF in 2017 and have been to Phnom Penh twice to visit the two boys whom we sponsor. On both occasions we witnessed how thoroughly the charity supports the whole community by focussing predominantly on the children while offering additional assistance to extended family as required.
It is a brilliant charity which achieves an enormous amount with limited resources, huge demands and very very little waste. Scott Neeson, the founder of CCF is truly loved and admired by all who know him and the whole body of CCF staff whom we have been lucky enough to meet share his passion and vision to transform the lives of those who are unable to help themselves.
We have seen that the lives of the two boys whom we sponsor plus the other CCF children we have met have been totally transformed by the charity. We are delighted to rate CCF as 5* - it deserves nothing less.
My husband and I made our first visit to Cambodia in 2015. We fell in love with the country and the people and were deeply moved by all that had happened and was still happening there. We came home determined to find a way to help out. At that time, I was the CEO of a not for profit and so I went about the business of consulting people involved in Cambodia in a very structured and deliberate way. It was through this process that I was introduced to the Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF) and its amazing work.
The following year, my husband, a friend and I traveled back to Cambodia, staying in Phnom Penh. We had the wonderful opportunity to witness and engage in the work of the CCF first hand.
CCF takes such a comprehensive and holistic approach to supporting the people of Steung Meanchey, providing education (for young and old), childcare services, medical services, a food program, housing, support for the grannies, training for the next generation of leaders and helping to protect the vulnerable from harm. That first visit was when I met my sponsor child, adding a true loving connection to my deep admiration for the work CCF undertakes.
On that visit and subsequently, we were also able to spend time with the senior CCF team, including founder Scott Neeson. We quickly came to understand that their passion to make a difference was matched by their passion to run an efficient, cost effective and wholly transparent organisation.
My husband now also sponsors a child and we travel annually to CCF, having added three friends to our CCF entourage and sponsorship. Our last visit was in February/March this year. I am a proud donor to the CCF and even prouder to have been asked to join the Australian Board. I have never felt more engaged and I know that the support we give makes a real difference. Every time we return, we see progress and growth at an individual and organisational level. I hope this COVID situation doesn't prevent our return in 2021.
As a sponsor, supporter and ambassador, I have been involved in charitable causes for the last twenty five years. I witnessed the destruction of the tsunami in South East Asia first hand on a field trip with Unicef in 2004 and when I became a mother, I’ve made it my priority to share this engagement with my children.
Our travel agent, Indagare, introduced us to CCF in 2019.
We had planned a two week tour of Cambodia, culminating in a three day visit to CCF in Phnom Penh.
During our first two weeks we toured Siem Reap, the National Parks, the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields. By the time we visited CCF, we were fully immersed in the culture, traditions and history of Khmer society and people.
During our three day visit, we got to meet and spend time with staff, families, children and CCF’s leader and founder Scott Neeson. We toured schools, the community, offices and homes supported by CCF and learned about their core programs. The way CCF is structured and the thought and logic behind their programs are pragmatic and rooted in a unique Cambodian experience. For an organization with such broad reach and depth, it is able to provide a remarkably custom approach to individual needs.
We were especially impressed with the leadership program and the staff’s absolute devotion to the children and grannies. Scott’s very hands on approach permeates the entire operation.
CCF offers many ways in which one can support their mission and benefactors are rewarded with personalized updates and communications.
In my opinion, the organization has the impact and can match the success of any IGO/NPO, yet has the ‘soul’ and feel of a family venture.
We left inspired, energized, hopeful and proud sponsors of five incredibly deserving children.
CCF is not just transforming life and lives in Cambodia. It is giving us all an opportunity to help rebuild the future for this beautiful country.
I have had the privilege and complete JOY of supporting CCF through volunteer teams in the last two years. I have been impressed with their single vision: providing education for children from the most impoverished of Cambodia. Alongside this, I have been inspired by their holistic approach - to go to any and all lengths to keep a child in school. It is clear they understand and honor the local community, seek to make a sustainable change by empowering their beneficiaries, and in the meantime, have not let one child slip through their care. It is evident that young lives are forever changed and a community has been uplifted - all thanks to CCF!
12 months ago I had not even heard of CCF and I am Cambodian by background (though born and raised in Sydney).
In February 2020, I gave up a corporate career and moved from Hong Kong (where I had been living for 6 years) to Phnom Penh to volunteer with CCF full time. In March 2020 I was appointed to the Board of CCF Hong Kong (and am the first Cambodian).
I first visited CCF in August 2019. I saw the amazing work it does by educating children and the community who live in the former rubbish dump area of Steung Meanchey in PP. There are over 1800 students currently supported by CCF, from 45 students, 16 years ago. CCF helps the entire community, by adopting a model that addresses education, career and life skills, childcare, healthcare, community outreach and leadership.
My second visit to CCF was in November 2019. That was it for me. I packed 1 suitcase and moved here in February 2020 to volunteer with CCF full time. My vision is to see CCF's vision come to life, by transforming these children in the most impoverished community, to becoming tomorrow's leaders. A generation of literate children, no longer scavenging to make ends meet. And ending that cyle for their children, and their children's children - in my motherland.
Moving to Cambodia, volunteering with CCF and seeing first hand what is happening with this NGO has been the best decision of my life. I am proud to be a Board Member of CCF HK.
Like many people, my first experience of Cambodia was a trip to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat as part of a longer trip around SE Asia. I immediately fell in love with the country, its culture, and the wonderful people. But I was struck by the level of poverty, and in particular the number of young children begging or sent to work selling magnets to tourists all day instead of going to school. Although I was only in the country for 3 days, the image stayed with me.
When I got back home to the UK I decided to research charities in Cambodia to see what I could do to help. I was shocked to see that the poverty I'd seen around Siem Reap was really the tip of the iceberg, and the conditions of some communities in the capital Phnom Penh were hard to believe.
I found various charities working in Cambodia, from huge multi-national organisations to small community operations. For me, Cambodian Children's Fund stood out by a mile. What impressed me most about CCF was the holistic approach that they take to lift people out of poverty. The charity covers the basic needs of the children, in terms of food, medical care, and shelter, but also goes so much further. They provide world-class education with school facilities which are easily as good as those I attended in the UK. They run leadership programmes and specialist training for older children who show the ambition and drive to go further. And they even go all the way through to university, transforming kids who have started life with nothing into Cambodia's future leaders.
What also impressed me about CCF was the way they focus not only on the children they look after, but also their families and communities. Whenever I've told a friend about CCF for the first time, it's very common for them to assume the children are all orphans. In fact, CCF do everything they can to keep the kids with their families, and also extend their support to them in terms of food, medical care etc. The emphasis is on maintaining the family ties, local communities, and traditional Cambodian culture.
The final thing that made me decide to support CCF was the 1:1 relationship between sponsor and child. While the required monthly contribution for CCF may seem relatively high compared to other charities, this is entirely funding the care of your sponsor child and his or her family. A connection is built between the sponsor and child, and in the 3 years I've been a sponsor I have already found the experience to be incredibly rewarding.
Around one year after becoming a sponsor, I visited Phnom Penh for my sponsor child's fourth birthday and spent an hour in his school class meeting and playing with the kids. Walking into the classroom full of happy, healthy children, laughing and playing, was an amazing experience. The kids love to play with new visitors, and understand (in some way) about sponsors, and after a little initial shyness my sponsor child would not leave my side. If I had any doubts about what a wonderful charity CCF is, they would have been removed in an instant by walking into any of their facilities in Phnom Penh.
Another year later, I visited Phnom Penh for the 2nd time. By then I had been lucky enough to briefly meet the founder, Scott Neeson, at a charity event in London. CCF were amazing and arranged a 3 day itinerary for me to get involved in all aspects of their work and see first hand the amazing things they do. Scott was very generous with his time, and I spent around 3 or 4 hours touring some of the charities schools and the local communities with him. Scott knows every one of the roughly 2,000 children by name, and clearly lives and breathes the charity. His passion and commitment are easy to see and explain how the charity have done such amazing things in a short period of time.
During my tour with Scott, we happened to go to one of the charity sites where my sponsor child was playing with his friends. This wasn't planned, and I wasn't expecting to see him until the next day. One of the most beautiful experiences of my life was when he saw me across the playground, immediately recognised me, and came running across the playground to jump into my arms. I hadn't been sure if he would even remember me, but this experience really drove home to me how important sponsors are to the kids. The fact that someone external cares about them individually means so much, and the child-sponsor relationship is an amazing thing. As long as I'm able to, I'll be visiting CCF every year to see my sponsor child and I'm excited to see how he progresses.
I cannot recommend CCF highly enough. Everyone I met at the charity was wonderful, friendly and welcoming. They are highly professional and organised and I have every confidence that the money I donate is used in the best possible ways. The 1:1 child-sponsor model is incredibly rewarding and makes CCF not just a line on my bank statement every month, but an important part of my life. Please check out their website and consider sponsoring one of their amazing kids, or just making a one-off donation. I can't think of many better ways to use your money.
CCF is an outstanding Charity. I have sponsored children through CCF for 10 years now and there is little comparison with other programmes. Regular contact with the child is essential to being a CCF child sponsor and the whole family and community are supported so that the child can free up time to go to school while still helping the family to thrive. The fundraising and admin costs of the charity are tiny compared to others in the sector and CCF receive top-audits from a variety of external sources
After watching a video about the organization and meeting Claudia and Len as a tourist last summer, I knew this volunteer placement was for me. As a literacy coach back in the States, I was asked to investigate what a literacy coach would look like at CCF. My volunteer journey began with meeting the Teacher Development Team who welcomed and supported me. As I visited teachers in their classrooms and observed their teaching style, I realized my calling was not to change the entire primary school but to empower one teacher at a time. We worked together as a team and focused on student learning. We agreed that the students are eager to learn to read and are ready to go beyond the English Language textbook. Therefore, my workshops for the teams focused on phonics to enhance reading. Jo Mahoney, a return volunteer, and I planned a phonics workshop with activities that the teachers could use in their classrooms to support reading. The activities ranged from hopping over footprints to throwing balls. The teachers were lively and engaged ; they were appreciative of our time in organizing the workshop. The staff, volunteers, teachers, and drivers all have a heart of gold. They are truly part of this organization to serve and share their amazing gifts! As a volunteer, you will feel part of a very special family. love to all
I first learned of CCF after watching Australian Story which was about CCF's founder - Scott Neeson - and have recently returned to Australia after a 4 month volunteer position, as Buddy Teacher, at CCF's Rice Academy.
What an amazing organisation, to say the least. As a volunteer I was given all of the help and advice necessary to make my stay as smooth sailing as possible.
From recommendations of where to eat, have my hair cut, have photos printed, buy whatever I needed, to being taken out on a cultural evening and invitations to other CCF activities, all of my needs were met.
I worked at The Rice Academy with a team of young, amazing, dedicated and caring English and Maths teachers who made me feel very welcome and useful. The children came to school every day with the warmest of smiles and made me smile every single day. CCF cares not only for the children but for the wider community too. It is an holistic organisation with many programmes such as the Granny programme, Thoms' shoes, Food programme, Leadership programme and a Medical Centre to name a few. The children's well being is first and foremost. I feel blessed to have spent time with the staff and families of CCF and hope to return in the not too distant future.
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.
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 !
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
CCF is doing an amazing job changing the life of so many children and their families
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!
I've been visiting and watching this foundation grow for the past decade now and what they have accomplished is remarkable. The level at which they operate and the scale of their their reach is like no other non profit I've seen. They are making a lasting difference in the lives of children and their families in Cambodia.
CCF has made a tremendous impact on the children and families they support and we were privileged to spend some time with their staff and children in the facilities they have built over the years. we were particularly happy to finally personally meet our sponsor child and her friend for a day out with CCF. a truly professional dedicated organization
I've been volunteering for children's NGOs for over a decade, and have never seen an organisation with the sheer positive impact of CCF. Their work truly has transformed one of the most poverty stricken areas in SE Asia, and their students are incredible - they're going to be the next generation of leaders in Cambodia.
I can't speak highly enough of CCF.
We were fortunate enough to first get introduced to CCF at an event they had in Hong Kong where we met a couple of the current students who are benefitting from CCF's programs. We were impressed with the way these students carried themselves and were moved by the personal stories they shared. More recently, we visited Phnom Penh, toured a few of their campuses and met with our sponsor child, Sophea who is a 7-year old boy with a bright future ahead of him now. I'm impressed with the incentivization programs CCF has in place for the children to "want" to do well in school and for the families to feel comfortable sending their child to CCF. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the children and can see from the smiles on their faces how much they appreciate Scott Neeson's and his teams efforts.
Thank you CCF!
Jessica & Marty Duff
Through our business, Larsen Jewellery, we decided to support three charities just over a year ago. After much research, CCF became one of them. In addition, my wife and I became a sponsor for one of the children in their program.
I have just had the opportunity to visit CCF in Cambodia to see their programs in action and to visit our sponsored child. In short, I could not have been more impressed. Apart from Scott who is an inspiration, CCF has a very dedicated and professional team on the ground. The model that CCF operates is incredibly effective, partly because the programs are carried out in close cooperation with the local community.
Not only are kids being lifted out of extreme poverty, but CCF is also creating a generation of future leaders who want to give back to their community and change Cambodia for the better. The long term impact of what CCF is doing will be profound.
I first volunteered with CCF in 2015, straight out of university and right before starting my career in consulting. Having the opportunity to work with their Sydney office and go to their head office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and see the work that they do on the ground was eye opening. The beneficiaries in CCF's programs gain tailored solutions to meet their needs which all link back to pillars of education and leadership. An element of their programs that impressed me is that their support is not a hand-out - for the children to be in school, there is an agreement with CCF and the family to be off drugs, alcohol etc. and to support the children with attendance. Despite everything that the community and children have been through, the beneficiaries have endless smiles and compassion. I have volunteered a lot over the years for many NGO's, and CCF is by far the most transparent, honest, and humble of all - the need for education and leadership in Cambodia is evident, and the sustainability and effectiveness of CCF's programs on the community of Steung Meanchey is visible. Thank you for showing me your beautiful world CCF and keep up the great work!
We have just spent a few days in Phnom Penh visiting the CCF organisation and our two sponsor children, Eang and Bora.
We had a great time getting to know the kids and spending some fun time at Kids World. It was great opportunity to see first hand the huge impact CCF is having on these children.
We were also lucky enough to spend some time with Scott Neeson, the founder of CCF, and tour the new academy and do a village walk. Scott seems to know all the children personally and takes a huge interest in the welfare of the family and the overall community.
The visit really re-inforced our commitment to as donors and help out in whatever ways we can.
Thanks to Scott, Joseph, Cath and all the CCF Team for the great work.
Jacq and Gary McLaren
When I heard about CCF, their community ethos and focus on empowering children through education, love & care I was instantly hooked!
I'd spent months looking for a voluntary project I felt had a holistic & community focus and found that within CCF.
Actually seeing children's desperate situations within Cambodia, really moved me. Then hearing about Scotts brilliant aim to take children & their families out of such awful poverty assured me that their are really kind people in this world to help overcome misfortunes bestowed on people due to inequality!!
As a volunteer with a lot of experience in child development & an holistic approach I wanted to share insights to compliment within the team, and so I feel it was definitely a worthwhile experience.
volunteering alongside teacher Srey Sor was my highlight as she showed absolute compassion & attentiveness to each child she taught.
Whilst the focus was on teaching them English and maths to enhance their skills, I felt the real lessons were in teachers like Srey Sor promoting a 'you can do it' attitude!!
I liked that local Khmer staff are employed & CCF are looking into even more ways to promote equality & inclusion within Cambodia.
For instance by supporting schools in village areas, so children can remain within family structure whilst getting n education & health needs met.
That's definitely got my five star vote!
I'd just done some volunteering teaching in Thailand with Primary School children and as part of my trip back to the UK, I was visiting Phonm Phenn in Cambodia and had the opportunity to visit CCF and see the amazing work that was being done there.
It was truly inspirational work.
Whilst visiting it was heartbreaking to hear (and see) the desperate conditions that these poor children were growing up in. Their village was based on and around a city dump, a dump that not only contained household rubbish, but toxic and hazardous waste too!, families for a wide variety of often unfortunate and heartbreaking reasons found themselves salvaging a living on this waste site. Children were needed to work in order to earn money to survive - education and going to school for these children was previously not an option.
How amazing that CCF can help these children and families out to not only provide education, health, a future and hope but to give them the opportunity of a happier and more prosperous life.
We heard several hearbreaking stories of children and how they were malnourished, living off the dump with no future and no hope. I heard about a very young boy, who would find dead babies abandoned amongst the rubbish tip and he would take them away from this atrocisity and give them a decent burial.
CCF however has managed to turn many young children's lives around with a good solid education, an excellent and very fluent command in the English language (which will enable them to get a decent job in Cambodia) but I particularly admired the fact that these children are expected to be involved in CCF, become team leaders themselves, help, mentor and be inspirations for the younger children.
When going around the facilities (classrooms, playgrounds, a community area, a place where children were fed and showered and in desperate situations a residential place for children who could not live at home). There was a vibrancy in these areas, a happiness, a willingness to learn, children allowed to be children, and a great sense of optimism.
I didn't visit the really bad areas, but what I saw of where some of these people live and the facilities that CCF provide it made me realise how important CCF are in this community and what a real, positive difference CCF are making.
Please keep up the amazing (literally) life saving work.
In July this year, our family and 12 volunteers from our own not-for-profit charity, Bikes 4 Life, travelled to Phnom Penh to visit CCF for our third year in a row. Bikes 4 Life distribute much needed, refurbished bikes to deserving CCF students, their families and the broader CCF community. Given we have returned three times (and plan to continue to do so each year), speaks volumes as to the calibre of CCF, their programs and the positive impact they are making in the Steung Meanchey community. CCF fully involve their students in all facets of their incredible programs, teaching their young Junior Leaders responsibility and ensuring they are giving back to their own community. The students of CCF genuinely embrace their education opportunities and seem to be very committed to continuing the cycle of eduction. We are also fortunate enough to have the pleasure of sponsoring a child which is the most rewarding experience of our visit.
I had finished working as a volunteer teacher in rural Thailand and wanted to see how other NGOs were helping children in SE Asia. I arranged for a tour of CCF to see the work they were doing and, quite frankly, was amazed. The way CCF find children living in the most dire conditions,meet them into one of its education facilities and give them something approaching a normal childhood is truly astounding.
During my tour of Stueng Mueang, where kids used to live on a toxic rubbish dump, I heard a number of stories from the children CCF had saved.mone young lady described told us her story. She started by saying "she'd been working on the dump since she was a toddler" - working means walking barefoot over broken glass, raw sewage, chemical waste to find something over value who's only dream was to work in a factory one day. CCF took her from this horrible existence, put her into one of its schools and gave her a chance at life. Now she is a confident happy young woman, who speaks fluent English and is a project leader for CCF helping others like her get out of the slums and avoid a likely early death and now is aiming to be a teacher so she can help others.
The thing that impressed me most about CCF is the way it,helps the children develop themselves through education, learn the skills to become independent and become valuable members of the community.
I volunteered at CCF for 3 months earlier this year and have returned for another 2 months now. I am a UK children's social workers and social work manager and have been working with CCF on their child care programme. I have been very impressed by the extent to which CCF are open to external review of and input into their programmes - which is a sign of a well run confident organisation.
CCF provide a wide range of community support services within this very deprived community, including community outreach, housing, medical care, nutritional support (feeding programmes) as well as education. This ensures families are supported to care for their children.
I have met some self confident, outgoing young people who have benefited from CCF's programmes many of whom are now at University or in employment. This would not have happened without CCF.
I volunteered for two months as a buddy teacher this year at CCF. The work that the administration and staff do there is stellar: there is no other word to describe it. The school, medical facility, granny program, child protection program, partnership with Workd Housing, food program... are all headed by a man who should win a Nobel prize for seeing a problem and donating 100% of his life to solving it. Five stars are not enough
CCF do an amazing job to give seriously disadvantaged youngsters the opportunity to offset the disadvantages of their birth and to achieve their full potential. It is not only about opportunity for the individual but the community as a whole and in the long run gives the community the tools to look after itself.
I particularly like the holistic approach of CCF, recognising that it is not only the issue of school opportunity that the kids are missing, but also factors such as the economic role of kids in the family and the quality of housing that need to be addressed in order to achieve CCF's aims.
I have now been volunteering for 2 years for CCF and it is honestly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. CCF genuinely cares for the kids and their families and assist in making their lives better. They are having a huge impact on the community they provide support for.
The have a holistic approach and a balanced outlook on not just education, but a sustainable approach to the community of Steung Meanchey that helps uplift ethics, welfare, health, education, wellbeing, safety and increasing sustainable living conditions. Community programs intertwine, for example, the students become Junior Leaders in the community and help sustain a Granny Program, helping to promote community, respect and responsibility and care towards each other.
It is incredible to see the transformation from when CCF began until now. I have even seen an incredible transformation since I started volunteering with them in 2014.
It is important that I work with a fund of high integrity and ethics, and I believe CCF to be aligned with this. The organisation stands true to its transparency and accountability.
I feel privileged to have met and taught literally hundreds of CCF students over the last 2 years. I am consistently surprised by the level of genuine joy, respect, integrity and focus these the children have. It is a pure joy to be around and assist them in their growth.
Having heard about the wonderful work that CCF was doing in Steung Meanchey from a close friend and previous volunteer, when an opportunity arose to assist with an IT implementation I was delighted to get involved.
What struck me about this organisation was the efficiency of the services being provided, and the professionalism and dedication of the management and staff. After visiting the schools and interacting with the students, the impact that CCF was having on these young people's lives became clear very quickly.
During a community walk through the Steung Meanchey area, I was somewhat overwhelmed by the living conditions of local families, even after having travelled extensively throughout SE Asia and other parts of Cambodia. But after witnessing the lavish praise from the parents, grandparents and students involved with CCF, it was clear that the community had high hopes for the next generation, and simply would not be where it is today without Scott and his team.
I am eternally thankful for the opportunity to assist such a well-run organisation providing these essential services to the Steung Meanchey community, and to have been inspired by the bright sparks that are the thousands of students involved with the many CCF programs.
It was also such a pleasure to spend time with Scott personally to experience the true meaning of selflessness, and the impact one person can have with an unwavering vision, an amazing team and 12 years of personal dedication.
Yesterday at around 5 pm I had the opportunity to join Scott for his evening “walk about”. This took me to his different schools, housing villages he has bequeathed from sponsors, and deep into one of the many surreal slum communities that still make up the Steang Meanchey commune.
Scott is a close personal friend and the first thing that struck me is that both in his personal life and “professional” life, he is one and the same person. He is true to himself. The walkabout gave me more insight into who he is and what he does.
Most importantly it allowed me to put the whole picture of CCF together, and see that everything that happens at CCF emanates from the soul of these slum communities and the people within.
CCF suddenly was no longer just those happy smiling children’s faces. Scott introduced the heart and essence of his mission by allowing me a window into the soul, the struggles and suffering in a real up close, albeit brief, experience.
The difference was that I would go home after a few hours, while these children and parents would have to live within this squalor, overwhelming poverty and filth day after day, many without an no end in sight.
I felt that you can’t really totally understand CCF and Scott’s motivation until you walk within this environment, as pictures just don’t do it justice.
I want to share with you some of my observations about my friend..
There is a constant intensity with Scott, hat simply doesn’t turn off both in his private time and public. He has an intuitive gift to remarkably remembers every child’s name and can share their story in an instant, many of them being remarkably tragic beyond our western sensibilities. At the same time, he can compartmentalize every project within CCF and is in a constant state of anticipating the future as it relates to the organization’s sustainability.
Scott never stops moving, both physically nor mentally. He is always in a state of fluid motion, finding time to acknowledge every kid that we walk by and within every neighborhood we visit. And when he sees children alone in a slum dwelling, he stops to talk and find out why their parent(s) is not around. He is in a mode of finding solutions, instant outcomes. He has no time for delay and bureaucracy, constantly instructing the two CCF support individuals who join us to follow up on every request however small it might seem such as a young child pleading to him for a coconut as its their birthday or larger and life changing requests involving medical support, enrollment of their child in CCF’s program.
To that effect he is constantly stopped in the street by families and individuals with problems, whether they be sober or strung out on drugs.
Scott is completely hands-on. We walked into areas that are surreal, beyond anything I’ve ever seen, smelled or experienced. Small children walking barefoot on layers upon layers of wet and acrid smelling wet garbage, shacks infested with rats and disease. Scott walks, rather strides, in and has an urgency to face the problem head-on, needing to constantly check up on children, on parents, on his “constituents” ….there was no place that he wouldn’t go despite the potential danger of drug dealers who would rather he not exist.
My friend’s attention deficit disorder serves him well. He has the intuitive genius to be able to make one-on-one contact with hundreds of individuals that we met over this two hour walkabout and has a pick up truck full of coloring books and crayons that he hands out based upon the situational need.
From the exceedingly bright children, to those that have mental disorders, Scott makes sure that no child is left behind and walks and works exhaustively both at CCF and on these walkabouts, his camera on his shoulder, children coming up for hugs, shouts of “papa” and “Scoot” being shouted out from small shacks constantly, and taking his taking photos on request, allowing everyone to gather around and laugh at the results.
The true sense of community and humanity is the one element that shines out through all this within what we would consider a living hell. This sense of one family, and joy that Scott can bring out wherever he walks, a feeling up uplifting, is a reminder to all of us as to what can be accomplished in the name of love. Scott has, quite honestly, harnessed the power of love and spreads that energy, intuitively, in the most effective way he knows how.
Here’s what I conclude. This isn’t about Cambodia, this isn’t about one particular place on the map. It’s about having the confidence and commitment to demonstrate leadership using the power of love. Scott serves as a conduit to those less fortunate individuals who have lived in a cycle of squalor for generations and they respond remarkably to this empowerment and will live better lives for generations to come do to his efforts.
Scott proved to me that we are all from the same family of human beings. That given the opportunity and tools, whatever the color of your skin or country and situation you are born into, anyone can improve their lives.
Great charity who work hard to protect very vulnerable children. Thank you for what you do
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