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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

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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

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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

11bree

Donor

Rating: 5

There are few organizations where all the money that one donates go to the place one assigns for the money. Mostly just a percentage goes there. The rest goes to administrational expenses. This organization makes sure that all money one donates goes where one want it. They are also doing fabulous work and helping so many people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Often when one gives money to charities one doesn't know how much will be used for the administrative fees. here all one's contributions go to helping make Cambodian children have a dream that will come true.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CCDO and Jenni Lipa the founder of this amazing charity, have done incredible work in helping Cambodian children and their families. Not only by providing wells , latrines and health services in areas where few if any existed, but also enabling so many children to get school, get an education, receive meals, schools supplies and enhance their chances for a better life- for them AND their families. Jenni has worked tirelessly for the Cambodian people and anyone who has been to Cambodia has been touched deeply by seeing the changes CCDO has brought to the communities they have helped. In addition, you know that when you donate monies, it is going where it's most needed, with little overhead that you see wasted in so many other charities. Your money is put straight to work for where you want it to go and you can see proof of that in all it accomplishes. I smile every time I see the advances that these children and communities have been making.
I can't say enough positive things about this charity. Alexandra

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Donor

Rating: 5

i have rarely experienced such a well run non profit organisation such as CCDO. The founder Jenni Lipa is passionate , well organized woman who knows how to inspire others .Her dedication to improve the lives of her Cambodian children over the year is amazing .. her team has created so many water wells, education and food for so many children .. i have been to the schools myself and was extremely impressed to see those happy children ..
Well done and good continuation.You are an inspiration dear Jenni Frederique

1 Ann-Cathrin J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel proud volunteer at CCDO. I feel fully empowered with the trust, feedback and support I am given. What I mostly like about CCDO is that it focuses a lot on health promotion and education instead of providing communities with only free resources.
CCDO does not only focus on the work of each department but it also looks into strengthening personal and professional skills of its staff through sending them to training. I truly enjoy my time at CCDO and the ability to learn from each other.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just returned from two weeks of volunteer work with 10 other volunteers from Cambodia. It was very gratifying to see all the new improvements and the initiative of the local staff and parents. In our community parent meetings the amount of farming parents who showed up and spoke up was amazing. They want to see good education for their village children and they want to be involved in making their community cleaner and healthier. Hand in hand lasting change can happen. It is not top down or hand out approach that can work long term. I am very proud of how far CCDO, the students, the staff and the villages have come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization continues to find ways to help vulnerable rural populations with well thought out and executed programs. It gives emplyment opportunities to local people who dig wells, build school classrooms, cook school food, teach, and manage programs. It also opens the doors to volunteers from all over the world, young and old, to use their talents and passion to help those less fortunate in meaningful ways.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dedicated and hardworking staff, great programs - the children in Siem Reap have really benefited from CCDO's initiatives, from its breakfast feeding program to enrichment lessons at school (English, Sports, Computer Classes etc)

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Donor

Rating: 5

CCDO is run by Jenni Lipa. I have had the privilege to watch her work tireless and with an amazing dedication and love for Cambodian Children and their families. I and friends have several times visited schools and villages and seen the mutual respect that is the hallmark of CCDO - working together, working WITH children, teachers, parents, on and on. You just have to see the smiles on young people's faces when Jenni visits, I LOVE that I have been able to dedicate a well, I've the family and seen their eyes light up with appreciation for what is in our Western world, such a small thing, CLEAN DRINKING WATER that keeps them healthy and free from unnecessary diseases. WELL DONE CCDO and all the team on the ground in Cambodia and those abroad who support this amazing Project!

3 Deborah Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the past 7 years my personal involvement with the CCDO, Jenni Lipa and her teams working in villages surrounding Siem Reap have brought me great joy. I have witnessed the amazing transformations of the villagers the CCDO works with - from the very young to the elders including the village chiefs. Today these are empowered individuals and communities seeking to provide a better future for their youth. Besides building water wells and latrines through sponsorships, Jenni promotes the monthly "Clean House" award, has created childrens libraries, raised awareness about the dangers of human trafficking and the ploys of traffickers, holds puberty education workshops, scholarships for advanced education applicants, women's health education, and the list goes on. She and her team are very hands on - nurturing and maintaining close connections with these struggling and marginalized Khmer people. The CCDO continues to be an vital source of active inspiration for me!

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Donor

Rating: 5

CCDO is run by an amazing woman, Jenni Lippa whose leadership skills, integrity and passion for changing lives have made this organization the success it is today. She has demonstrated to all the staff and volunteers who work at CCDO that drive, determination and courage to face obstacles are the key ingredients to making meaningful change. Bravo to CCDO for improving the educational opportunities for so many children in Cambodia and for giving so many families easy access to water through the water well program.