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Cambodian Community Dream Organization, Inc.

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Causes: Education, Educational Services, International, International Relief, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Cambodian Child's Dream vision is to create healthy, educated, thriving, sustainable villages in rural areas of Siem Reap. C - Commitment to access free quality education for all children C - Community involvement and honesty in all that we do D - Development of culture and living environment O - Opportunity to live a better life, breaking free of the poverty cycle

Results: Built over 1300 Water Wells, Repaired 200 abandoned by other NGOs, Sponsored 35 High School & University Scholarships. Support 1100 children with school supplies and English Classes, Sports, Library & Computer. Social Entrepreneurship Program with vegetable gardens, soap selling and pig farming. Regularly hold Community Workshops Helping with Parenting, Nutrition and Health & Hygiene as well as programs on Domestic Violence and Anti- Trafficking.

Target demographics: Educate Kids and improve the environment

Direct beneficiaries per year: build 100 water wells, built 90 latrines, supported 1100 children in 3 schools.

Geographic areas served: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Programs: Building Water wells cost is $300 to provide a family and their neighbors with fresh clean water. Supporting 3 Schools with books, supplies and English Teachers, Sports & Library Programs, give 350 scholarships to kids to attend school. Feed 1100 breakfast daily. Hold community workshops on Health & Hygiene, Nutrition, Domestic Violence and Keeping Children safe from Child Trafficking.

Community Stories

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Margot B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for CCDO as a grant writer for 3 months - January to April 2018. In a nutshell I love CCDO - the staff, the volunteers, the people they support, the board etc. etc. I have worked in many non-profit organization throughout my career, some excellent, some good and some not so good. The CCDO is an excellent organization, doing outstanding work in rural areas near Siem Reap. The Executive Director and his staff are passionate about what they do and are very focused on the needs of their service recipients - providing water, sanitation, education, health and now social entrepreneurship. They understand the importance of sustainability both for their constituents and for the organization. They have sustained a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in Siem Reap for 11 years, largely due to their passion, integrity and singleness of purpose.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with CCDO during the summer. It was the first time I had lived internationally and worked with an NGO, and the experience far exceeded my expectations. The staff in Siem Reap were extremely kind and supportive as I adjusted to the role and my new surroundings. I got to do the perfect mix of office and field work, with frequent opportunities to go in to the village and meet with the local families served by the organization. Overall, my experience was very rewarding, impactful, and educational.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined CCDO's board. CCDO has done a remarkable job of implementing its mission of sustainability in the Siem Reap province of Cambodia. It has developed programs critical to the community it serves, like the wash program, the breakfast program, the community gardens project, the English and computer programs and the piglet program. Through careful budget management, successful integration of volunteers, and detailed monthly analysis of each program's achievements, CCDO assures it remains relevant and responsive the needs of the Siem Reap villagers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I accompanied a group of High School students from the Atlas Club of Riverside High School, Greer , South Carolina , to Siem Reap, Cambodia , for a week of volunteering with the CCDO. We spent a week teaching in different schools and helping build latrines and a well. It was fun, deeply moving, and very interesting. The high school students had raised during the year 6000 dollars to donate to different projects run by the CCDO. I was very impressed with how well this NGO is organized. The different team members are very committed and the whole process of giving a hands-up to people in impoverished rurals areas of Cambodia is extremely well thought out. I highly recommend the CCDO to anybody who wants to effect a real change in the lives of Cambodians. Jocelyn ( teacher)

Louise A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a part of the Atlas Club at Riverside High School, and during the 2017-2018 school year our club raised $6,000 for the CCDO. We were given the amazing opportunity to go to Siem Reap, Cambodia to work with the CCDO and to donate the money in person. We were able to interact with the students that attend the schools CCDO sponsors and talk with those in charge of this wonderful organization. We saw first hand what they do to better the community and how much the CCDO cares about what they do. This organization builds wells, organizes workshops, sponsors school children, etc. We could see a visible impact in the community, and I am so thankful for the wonderful opportunity to work with them.

1 Wendy K.4

Donor

Rating: 5

We first learned about CCDO from the mother of our daughter's fiancé (now husband), Carol Duster. My husband and I have worked for the last three years at an international school in Myanmar. The past two years we have taken our grade 11 Burmese students to volunteer at the school CCDO works with outside of Siem Reap while we were in Cambodia on a "Week Without Walls" trip. The first year, having heard about CCDO after our school trip was planned I was only able to spring five students to spend time at the school. They spoke English with the Cambodian students, played games and had a great time. They also set up a Facebook page so students both in Cambodia and at my school could continue communicating. The five students who volunteered the first year spread the word and when we went back this year all 32 grade 11 students on the trip were eager to spend time at the school It has now been built into our itinerary and will continue even though my husband and I have retired and will not be making any more school trips ourselves.

What I admire about CCDO is that they are partners with the rural school they are helping. They do not force programs or benefits, nor do they provide 100% of funds or staffing. Rather it is a locally owned school with whom CCDO works, which means the students, their families and the staff all are participating actively in the decision making process, rather than being passive recipients of benefits from a bunch of do gooders.

1 Shannon C.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the Cambodian Community Dream Organization, Inc! My mother-in-law has enthusiastically been volunteering in the region, and specifically with this organization, for many years now. She first brought it to our attention a few years back, and we have been donors ever since. My American parents are retirees from the public school system in Washington State, but they were still young-at-heart and felt they had a few adventures left in them when they ended their careers in Seattle, WA. They decided to move to Southeast Asia post-retirement and take 3-year international teaching engagement at the Yangon International School (Y.I.S.) in Myanmar. While they were at Y.I.S. they brought entire classes of their Burmese high school students to volunteer with the CCDO during the students' annual Week-Without-Walls school trips to Cambodia. My parents and their students have fond memories and tell heartwarming stories of their overwhelmingly positive impressions and interactions within the CCDO community.

For our recent wedding, instead of a gift registry my husband and I elected to have a nonprofit registry. We set it up on the charitable registry website "The Good Beginning" and chose a small handful of nonprofits & causes that are nearest & dearest to our heart. We asked our wedding guests to please donate to these organizations in lieu of giving us wedding presents. The organization that was the hands-down, no-competition, fan-favorite for the majority our wedding guests? Yup, you guessed it; CCDO.

CCDO's range of projects, degree of efficacy, and scope of impact is flat-out-impressive... but those important factors alone are not what moved us to embrace it and become monthly donors. What is most moving about the CCDO is the palpable passion of every single person involved with this nonprofit--from the director, to the Cambodian employees, to the international volunteers, to the beneficiaries themselves.

A fervent sense of purpose... measurable quantitative and qualitative improvements in a severely resource challenged environment... countless lives impacted for the better... the priceless smiling faces of engaged school children in a joy filled, thriving educational community... tremendous resilience in the face of adversity... wonderful donor engagement & remarkable transparency... all of these hallmarks of the CCDO.

In summary, the Cambodian Community Dream Organization is one dream of a nonprofit.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Forgotten International, a US-based nonprofit that makes donations and provides volunteers to CCDO, accompanied a representative group of graduating students from a multicultural student-led service club called Atlas at Riverside High School in Greer, South Carolina. This student group works with TFI every year to raise funds for programs we assist around the world. This year Atlas chose the CCDO and decided to visit Siem Reap to make their gift in person. The CCDO put together a week-long service-learning trip for the young people to engage with local students at the schools CCDO serves. I believe the 10 students who made this trip have a new perspective on life and will make giving and caring part of their future. Thank you, CCDO! We learned a lot from you and your students. Continued success in all your good work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are happy and honored to work with CCDO year after year. We make small grants to several grassroots programs each year and always try to support CCDO's worthwhile projects. We also send a select few Fellows to work abroad each year and one of the organizations we send our volunteers to is CCDO both because the Fellow will learn much by contributing to a thriving organization and also for the enriching experience they will gain working directly with a community in need. We wish CCDO continued success!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the CCDO for 4 and a half months in 2018 and it was a fantastic experience. I was lucky to get involved in different projects from Education to WASH and got a very good overview of all the work this organization does. I was able to see the difference that the CCDO is making on so many communities near Siem Reap and felt very lucky to be part of such an amazing organization. I will come back for sure!

Donor

Rating: 5

In March 2018 I visited Cambodia to see all of the outstanding programs offered by CCDO, an international non-profit organization. CCDO is totally committed to enabling Cambodian village children and their families to break the cycle of poverty. I have made donations to CCDO for the past several years. They are very transparent that donations go directly to helping people help themselves with the goal of making their programs sustainable and eventually self-sufficient. Just a wonderful organization!

asnow

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the advisor of a high school cultural awareness club. This past school year, we raised $6,000 through a series of cultural events and chose Cambodian Community Dream Organization (CCDO) as the recipient of our fundraising. This summer, 10 of our recent graduates and I had the opportunity to visit CCDO and learn first-hand about their projects. We had an amazing experience! We were able to see the schools CCDO helps and interact with the students. We helped a family plant seeds in their garden, visited the piglet program, assisted in building both a well and a latrine, visited an anti-trafficking workshop, and helped serve students with the breakfast program. EVERYTHING this organization does is rooted in teaching and sustainability. CCDO is educating students and families on health and the importance of education. They don't simply build a well, rather they educate the family on how to maintain the well in order to create a partnership rather than a dependency. The quality of CCDO's wells far exceeded the other wells we saw. CCDO is making real change in Cambodia. They are so effective because their staff is passionate and dedicated to their mission. Top to bottom, this organization is extremely well run. They are truly and inspiration.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CCDO continues to expand and help the Cambodian Communities become self-sustainable. Their new Piglet project is helping local communities grow their economic situation and double their income within the year. CCDO is totally transparent and inspiring. It is a pleasure to work with them on the ground.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has had the privilage to contribute to CCDO for the past two years. Each contribution changes lives by providing clean drinking water to people in need in Cambodia. This organization quickly turns dontations into improved circumstances for those who need it most. In addition to providing wells, CCDO seeks to empower the people it serves by involving them in leadership positions within the organization.

Nicole Duster

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at The CCDO for 3 months as the grant writer. I arrived in Siem Reap without any experience as a grant writer, but the Executive Director took me under his wing and learned me all the skills needed for this position. As grant writing is an office job, I was afraid I would be stuck in the office, but I was given many opportunities to go to the field and see for myself what great work the organization is doing. The staff is really hard working and they are passionate about what they are doing. This created an inspirational work environment. The work I did for The CCDO felt rewarding and I felt like I really contributed to a greater cause. I can truly say volunteering for The CCDO was an AMAZING and EDUCATIONAL experience.

1 Cenalvarez

Donor

Rating: 5

CCDO is one of the best nonprofits we have worked with. They are transparent in their dealings and keep us informed all through the projects.
Their passion is palpable through emails and newsletters and every time I speak to them on the phone I feel excited and energized.
They are doing a really good work on helping the communities while empowering them to be a part of the projects and bear responsibility for their own well being.
We have been working with them for the past two years and we intend to continue doing it as long as they will have us.
It is a real pleasure to work with them.

1 kimmie.krebs

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for The CCDO as the Woman and Child Health Coordinator has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In the past, I have worked with many non-profits in all corners of the world; but the best by far, has been the The CCDO. The resident staff, other volunteers, and members of the community were incredibly supportive and I felt as if we were truly working as a team toward a common goal. During my time with The CCDO, I was able to use my current skills to benefit the community and was also able to gain a whole new wealth of knowledge. This organization has achieved many amazing goals through hard work and dedication. I see no limit to what can be accomplished in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the Education Program Officer from October to December 2017, I enjoyed my time at CCDO and hope not to be the last.

CCDO is a great organization for several reasons. First, the people are wonderful, kind, professional, and generous. They are determined to manage change at the heart of the communities they work with and in their country. Second, CCDO is among the NGOs that make a change as they prone sustainability. Projects are developed and decisions are made in order to empower the communities through capacity building to attain sustainable development for the present and future generation. For example, during my time working for CCDO, community meetings to raise awareness were set up to foster self-reliance, family investments and donation (rice, meat, vegetables…). These donations will allow the communities to take over the breakfast program in place, funded by donors until this date, and provide free breakfast to pre-school, primary, and secondary students. With long-term planning and a well-defined sustainability project, the communities will be able to provide breakfast at the schools after the fundings terminate.

From a volunteer point of view, I worked with people that not only accepted my remarks and point of views but also taught me a lot in many senses: humanly, professionally, culturally. For anyone looking for an experience abroad, in a different environment, to have an impact, and to learn about NGO management and another culture, CCDO is definitely an amazing organization to choose!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for the CCDO, I had an amazing experience working with this organization. For me, the strongest aspect of the CCDO was their commitment to working with the community and having them involved in all aspects of a project. This community inclusion and respect began during the initial evaluation and proceeded into the implementation of programs. Furthermore, the CCDO is focused on ensuring sustainability through their work, making sure that the programs they implement have a lasting impact and can be handed down to community members themselves. Finally, the staff that work for the CCDO are truly inspiring in their commitment to helping others and their hope for a prosperous future in the communities they serve.

Belinda Chiu

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with the CCDO as a Health and Wellbeing Program Officer from October to December 2017. It was an AMAZING experience and if I could rave about it all day, every day, I would. I am receiving my Master's degree in Public Health, and working for the CCDO gave me the opportunity to put theory and knowledge into practice.

We introduced the Community Gardens Pilot Program this fall to empower rural households to grow vegetables and sell to the local schools and accomplish two things: 1) to make additional income for the families and 2) to supply food for the CCDO's free school breakfast program that feeds approximately 1,000 pre-school, primary and secondary school students in the schools they work with. Additionally, we relaunched the Women's Health Program and utilized a baseline survey to assess current knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding various health topics (think: pregnancy care, careseeking behaviors when women or their children are sick, handwashing, child development and parenting, etc.). Using the results from our survey, we developed workshop curricula to address any gaps in knowledge and will be carrying out this program over the next 1-2 years. While I was there, we started the Nutrition workshops.

Being able to witness the impact of my work and the CCDO's programming in the field was more rewarding than any material compensation I could have been given. I loved working with the CCDO team both in-office and in the field. They are so encouraging and appreciative of volunteers who donate their time to make a difference for people in Cambodia. I will definitely be back soon to visit and be a proud ambassador for CCDO while I'm in the US.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with the CCDO as a Health and Wellbeing Program Officer from October to December 2017. It was an AMAZING experience and if I could rave about it all day, every day, I would. I am receiving my Master's degree in Public Health, and working for the CCDO gave me the opportunity to put theory and knowledge into practice.

We introduced the Community Gardens Pilot Program this fall to empower rural households to grow vegetables and sell to the local schools and accomplish two things: 1) to make additional income for the families and 2) to supply food for the CCDO's free school breakfast program that feeds approximately 1,000 pre-school, primary and secondary school students in the schools they work with. Additionally, we relaunched the Women's Health Program and utilized a baseline survey to assess current knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding various health topics (think: pregnancy care, careseeking behaviors when women or their children are sick, handwashing, child development and parenting, etc.). Using the results from our survey, we developed workshop curricula to address any gaps in knowledge and will be carrying out this program over the next 1-2 years. While I was there, we started the Nutrition workshops.

Being able to witness the impact of my work and the CCDO's programming in the field was more rewarding than any material compensation I could have been given. I loved working with the CCDO team both in-office and in the field. They are so encouraging and appreciative of volunteers who donate their time to make a difference for people in Cambodia. I will definitely be back soon to visit and be a proud ambassador for CCDO while I'm in the US.