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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 1007 Water Wells, Repaired 75 abandoned by other NGOs, Sponsored 350 Annual Scholarships. Support 1100 children with school supplies and English Classes, Cleaner Environment with 10 villages and self-sustainable vegetable gardens. Regularly hold Women's 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

110 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCDO was the best choice for a working experience in a non-profit far from home. The organization has a Real impact in the communities surrounding Siem Reap and it is honest and transparent. The team works hard and they Really Care about improving the life conditions of people in need. They also really care about their volunteers and took the time to teach me everything that I asked to learn. I'm glad I could contribute with my work and I will miss them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been going to Cambodia with the CCDO for five years since 2013. It was an absolutely wonderful experience getting to know all the children and teachers at TaPang and Kiri school. It was also a pleasure having the chance to work with volunteers from all over the world and do things together to make Cambodia better. I already can't wait for my trip next summer!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sister and I had been volunteering in Cambodia through CCDO for the past four summers. It has truly been a live changing experience for us. We are always excited to see the students and staff at the preschool, primary school and middle school. It was most excited for us to see the new computer lab at the middle school this past summer. We look forward to hear more great news from CCDO, and hopefully to return to Siem Reap next summer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year as a volunteer of CCDO and I've had wonderful experiences. With the effort of my family and friends, we were able to donate an overall of twelve latrines and four wells. Last year, My family spent a couple days painting murals for a pre-school ; this year my sister and I along with four other friends spent some times painting desks and building soccer posts at Tapang. CCDO is truly improving the lives of locals and is just impressive beyond expression.

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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Donor

Rating: 5

My foundation provides both volunteers as well as small grants to the CCDO, and we have been happy to do so for these last two years. We share the common cause of helping some of the most vulnerable people not only survive difficult circumstances, which are largely out of their control, but also gain the tools needed to help themselves out of poverty. What the CCDO does is life-changing, and we look forward to our collaboration with them in the years to come and to continue to celebrate their good works.

Jennifer Zahkguni
Director of Operations
The Forgotten International

Jennifer Z.1

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

My experience working at the Cambodian Community Dream Organization for 3 months far exceeded my expectations. Not only I learned a lot about the daily management of a well-established nonprofit but also I had the chance to really contribute to the wonderful work they are doing in Cambodia. I worked on different areas (bookkeeping, HR, volunteer support, etc) and I felt I was really contributing to their projects. I visited the rural areas several times and I met the students of the schools supported by the CCDO and the families we helped----an unvaluable insight into the actuals goals achieved. I was also able to learn a bit about some other aspects I had no previous experience of (sanitation and water development, project management, etc.) thanks to the helpful attitude of everyone working there. I was amazed of the great things that could be achieved with limited resources. I really think I learned from them far more than what I could have expected in any other place. One special mention goes to my colleagues (management and staff). All of them are great professionals and also wonderful people who made it feel like home all the time. This review is not enough to describe such a wonderful experience. Anyone willing to contribute with their existing skills in a nonprofit and willing to learn new ones should know this organization is possibly one of the best.

Arnaud B.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The CCDO was a great experience for me, things were not allways perfect but un the end I learned à lot and felt like I really contributed.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our experience with CCDO has been top notch every step of the way. We traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia and were looking to give back to the community we were visiting and do some hands on service. The organization was easy to coordinate with and provided a great experience. From seeing what they do first hand, we can earnestly say they are truly dedicated to helping those truly in need, they work hard to make donations go as far as possible to do the most good, they deeply care about their work, and they are incredible at accountability. They insure follow up with the people they help (including servicing wells and latrines to insure functioning) and with donors (including sending updates, photos, etc.). We've worked with and given to a large number of non-profit organization and this one is top decile. We intend to continue supporting their work. Great team and great organization.

Kadijah S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even though, I haven't volunteered with CCDO in a while, I still receive the monthly newsletters and Ms. Lipa is available to me as a mentor. She truly cares about her work and makes sure that her volunteers and employees are diligent and educated. The organization itself reaches milestones each year and I am proud to be associated with it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

On behalf of the Mount Vernon Church of God 7th day, We thank the CCDO staff and board members. We are happy that Kadijah was able to work with the CCDO in Cambodia again this summer. She was once again teaching environmental studies to the students. We were also able to donate money to build a second well. A special thanks to Ms. Lipa for everything that she has done and continues to do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my 3rd visit in as many years to Siem Reap, Cambodia, having met the small local team and seeing first hand what they have accomplished, and observing their dedication, commitment and passion for helping the children and their families in Ampil Commune, I am more and more inspired to do what I can to help this small 10 year old NGO, the Cambodia Community Dream Organization (CCDO).

With very limited resources, purely from small donations, I am astonished at what they have accomplished. Not only do they provide Breakfast & Education Programs for Pre-K to Grade 9 students, including English and Computer classes, they also provide water wells and latrines for their families. This organization is providing exactly the kind of grass roots development Cambodia so desperately needs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first visited the CCDO on a trip to Siem Reap about 3 years ago and have been back every year since then. My first impressions even then were that this organization was doing really important work in the rural communities it serves. I thought the program for building wells and latrines for the village families was making a big difference in their lives. Then I visited the schools and saw the children. Wow! I was just blown away. CCDO had built a computer lab with at least a couple of dozen computers and had hired an instructor to teach the kids how to use them, including lessons in MS Word and Excel. This seemed to be the most popular course at the school. Every seat was taken. I checked the class attendance records and found that almost 100% of the students showed up for these classes. I could see that they were really motivated and enthusiastic. CCDO paid for the lab building, the computers and installed solar panels on the roof to provide power, as there is no electricity at the school. I also earned that the CCDO pays for the entire English language program, including the instructors, books and other materials. Recently, the CCDO has partnered with a local medical college to provide screening checkups for the children and arrange for treatment if any issues are uncovered.

English language fluency and computer skills are the key for these rural children to get some of the many jobs in the tourist industry and are essential if they are to achieve a better life off the rice farms. That is why I am passionate about the work CCDO is doing and believe this type of organization can provide one of the keys to securing a better future for the people of Cambodia.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We visited a CCDO sponsored school earlier this year and were truly amazed at the work this organization is doing in rural Cambodia. The students all received a healthy breakfast at the beginning of the school day. We visited several classrooms and could see the teachers were truly dedicated and the children were enthusiastic. A new school building were in the process of construction on the school grounds.

We also visited one of the families that are benefiting from the well and latrine construction paid for by the CCDO and saw the wells for ourselves. This organization is doing real and meaningful work that makes a difference in people's lives. We will continue to support them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer at CCDO and working across the different departments especially WASH has given me an idea. An idea of structures required to bring about a positive change and an idea of continuous improvement. Going to villages to construct water wells for families that are barely able to survive without it is not a lesson or eye-opener because after all that's what NGO's do right? Then what is different here? Being a small scale NGO currently and directly connecting each donor with the specific well he or she donated is one example of something different here. The donor of the water well or laterine has an idea of how his/her funds are specifically affecting the family who gets it and CCDO is a facilitator for this. And of course I like to see the families benefiting so yes, this is great! And what is greater is that CCDO wants to make this sustainable and reduce the dependency of poor on the factors controlling the things that each and everyone in this world should have access to.

Jenni5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Celebrating 10 years of making a difference in rural areas of Siem Reap. The NGO sends 94% of funds to Cambodia where they are strictly monitored to be most effective. They have made a difference to the communities they service with better education, feeding the children and providing clean water and hygiene. over 1200 water wells 300 latrines, 1000 children fed daily, 2 pre-schools so siblings can attend school, computer lab, library and sports program. 27 children sponsored for higher education. The children are checked for hearing loss, poor eye-sight and cuts and bruises. The parents are involved to help improve their community. CCDO provides a hand up and not a hand out.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Being at the core of the foundation, I see the day to day events and recognize that we have an amazing team on the ground and in our volunteers from around the world. I am very proud of the difference that we have made in the 10 villages of the Ampil Commune. The dedication to the cause, often going beyond expectations and making sure that every dollar counts, is very inspiring. We are certainly Dream Givers to 2,000 Cambodian Children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with CCDO (twice) has been a rewarding, eye opening experience. Learning (very basic) Khmer, understanding cultural differences, and working with the wonderful children at Tapang School and their motivated, caring teachers has been a memorable experience. Both times.

A highlight was visiting the water well built in honor of my parents and meeting some of the 14 individuals who draw water there. An emotional experience on many levels.

CCDO is everything a nonprofit should be: Focused and effective, with realistic goals; efficient in the use of funds. My thanks to Jenni Lippa and Ksenija Olmer letting me be a part of something truly positive and inspiring.

Alan Dimen Jan. 2014 and 2016