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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 Community Dream's 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 livelihoods of local communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: build 109 water wells, built 66 latrines, repaired 31 water wells and 20 latrines. We also supported education of 11.000 children in 24 schools.

Geographic areas served: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Programs: To date we have built 1300 water wells, refurbished 200, 450 latrines and we conduct regular hygiene workshops in villages surrounding Siem Reap. Our education program facilitates English classes, libraries, computer centers and scholarship to students in high school and university. These programs are based in 24 government schools. We also provide daily breakfast for 1100 children. Our latest addition is social entrepreneurship project -the piglet project- that gives local families the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. Lastly, we provide regular workshops such as health checkups, sports classes, puberty classes and anti-trafficking classes

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137 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: 4

I spent 6 months working as an intern for CCDO. It was an invaluable learning opportunity which has enabled me to go on to pursue a career in international development.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been visiting the CCDO every year since 2015. I was amazed at the work this great non-profit was doing on my first visit and joined the board a year later. Since then, the CCDO has grown in size and scope under the new Executive Director appointed in 2017. The CCDO has been recognized as one of the best run NGO’s in Cambodia by local organizations and international groups.

When I first visited the CCDO, my impression was that this organization was doing really important work in the rural communities it serves. The program for building wells and latrines for the village families was making a big difference in their lives. CCDO has now built over 1300 wells and is now expanding the program to additional areas in the province.

But it is the Education program that is having the biggest impact. CCDO built a computer lab with 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 is the most popular course at the school. 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.

The CCDO has also established and pays for the entire English language program, including the instructors, books and other materials. Recently, CCDO has expanded the English language program to additional schools in Siem Reap province in partnership with the local government. CCDO is training additional teachers how to teach English so that the level of instruction is being significantly improved. This new program has enabled CCDO to better leverage the talents of its own instructors to further enhance English language instruction in Siem Reap province.

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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the priviledge to work for the CCDO for three months. I worked as a researcher for my master's degree. It truly was a marvellous experience. The Cambodian staff are helpful and supporting in whatever kind of volunteer work you'd like to do. The board of directors are always at the volunteer's disposal and provide a great safety net in case communication is 'lost in translation'. The organization itself makes a direct impact to local communities. It is amazing to experience change on a day-to-day level and I would highly recommend to experience that for yourself!
All the best,
Jelle

Jenni5

Board Member

Rating: 5

We totally have the Dream Team working tirelessly on the ground in Siem Reap. The organization has leaped from educating 1100 kids to over 11,000 kids in the past year. We are constantly reviewing our practices and have total transparency with finances and actions. The qurterly reporting to donors gives added confidence. Thank you team and donors for enabling the Cambodians to start becoming self-sustainable.

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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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AlisonTucker

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am in awe of the work done by the Cambodian Community Dream Organization. They make demonstrable differences in the lives of thousands of Cambodian families. They, together with their volunteers, work tirelessly at this, expanding their programmes and positively impacting on more people, in more ways.

I once received a beautiful and thoughtful milestone birthday gift - a water well donated to CCDO by a friend in honour of my birthday. I wish more people would consider this as a gift option to support this admirable organisation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have tremendous respect and admiration for CCDO who do such amazing work to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Cambodia.

One of the most touching gifts I ever received was a water well sponsored in my name for my 50th birthday. I do hope that others consider sponsoring water wells through CCDO as heart-warming gifts for friends. A true gift that keeps on giving ...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The CCDO is a model for all NGO’s! Jenni Lipa began the CCDO in 2007 and today the day to day work is done by a dream team of local Cambodians. Everyday they work to improve the lives of their people. The CCDO doesn’t just build wells and latrines, they track them and repair them when needed. They have expanded their work to include education, community workshops, health, social entrepreneurship, and repairing shacks to be safe houses. 96% of every dollar donated goes directly to the programs they serve. Volunteers from around the globe come to work with the Cambodian Community Dream Organization and return home with a passion and love for the CCDO and the work they do everyday. The CCDO is the change we wish to see in the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non- profit organization. Years after volunteer work to support teacher training it is heart -warming to see sustained good work continued by other volunteers and especially by the teachers on site. Sustaining good work and organized volunteer coordination is key to a successful organization. So many children and their community continue to benefit from this good work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CCDO for over two years. The most valuable gift of this charity is the continuity and sustainability of the volunteer work. I worked as a teacher trainer two years ago. Similar work has followed the same goals and objectives with the teachers.
Materials to support the teacher work is directly delivered with volunteers to the school site.
Many pounds of excellent books for children to learn English are carried in the suitcases of volunteers to be sure they are directly distributed to the excellent library and to the teachers.
Highly recommended!

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1 blandina

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited this organization in January 2019, having met almost by chance Jenni in Florence. Her description of what CCDO was doing fired my interest, I had to see with my eyes, but the reality is by far superior to any imagination.
CCDO is superiorly well managed in a simple but effective way, their finances are transparent and what they accomplish is astounding. In the schools, the focus is on education but there are many other things going on: for example the breakfast program for the student, teaching English, the vegetable garden, and of course the scholarships.
Then there are other programs, like the 'clean water' one, with water wells and latrines, about which you can read on their website. The 'piglets' program is another brilliant program.
I attended a workshop on hygiene; the villagers gathered all together while a lecture was given. I was very impressed by the wide participation of men and women, by the attention with which they followed, by the questions they asked.
But moreover by their high respect for CCDO and its officers.
It is a great organization, go and see for yourself, you will be amazed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I continue to volunteer with CCDO and am amazed at the progress and growth it has made while staying true to the principles it started with 11 years ago. There are many new programs that bring a holistic approach to helping families help themselves out of poverty.
There is no ego or western arrogance, the team on the ground is Cambodian with support from long term on site international interns and the western board. The local people are consulted and are also donating within their means. A very worthwhile model to reproduce in the way an NGO should operate. Indeed, some other NGOs and foundations are coming to learn from this success story.
I feel very privileged to have been part of this life changing organization. Meaning it is not only life changing for the village children and their families, but also for local staff that is encouraged to pursue further education and professional development and interns, volunteers, visitors and donors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am delighted to still be involved with this organization. I have brought along many frienda, students, retired teachers and they have had a fantastic experience traveling to Camodia, volunteering and learning about the real life of Cambodian villages.
It has been interesting, sometimes frustrating and very rewarding to volunteer with CCDO and see the true impact on the ground.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteering for the CCDO from December 2018 to June 2019 as WASH Program Officer. I am a project manager and I have already professional experience in the non-profit sector, therefore during my time with the CCDO I am using my skills to enhance the monitoring and tracking processes of the projects.
This organization has achieved many unbelievable goals through very hard work in Education, WASH, Social Entrepreneurship and Women Health and Education. In only 10 years around 1400 water wells and 400 latrines have been built, more than 1100 children are fed daily ( breakfast program), 2 preschools have been built; there are programs focused on sponsorship of children for higher education, pigs farming, gardening, safe housing (roofing)...And the list goes on. It's simply astonishing, their impact on so many communities in Siem Reap province it's unquestionable.
CCDO's board commitment to transparency, accountability, sustainability and good practices is obvious, their operations are consistent with their values.
I would like to make a special mention of their commitment to empower local staff's professional and personal development. And last but no least, their exceptional engagement with donors, the way the CCDO takes care of them it's something quite difficult to find in other non profit organizations.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family started off buying water wells, then latrines, then bikes and supplies for school kids. My daughter raises pigs for 4H and donated her own money to buy pigs for families through the CCDO. Last Feb, we were able to visit Cambodia and all the wonderful people that work for CCDO. It was live changing to see how hard the CCDO works to changes the lives of the Cambodian people! Every penny goes straight to their programs, which are well thought out and perfectly executed.
We love you CCDO!

Edmond T.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

First and foremost, my experience overall was a great one. The people working with and for Cambodia Community Dream Organization were always very welcoming, helpful, and friendly. The leadership there in Cambodia was excellent and I am unable say enough good things about the passion and expertise that Mr. Leangseng brought the organization everyday. I was able to assist and learn about the process of how an NGO works, to include the impact they create for the everyday lives of the Cambodian people. I missed the place and opportunity the moment I left for home and would love to revisit again someday.

Kathryn Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with the CCDO from Nov - Dec 2018. It was my first time living abroad and volunteering. It was truly an eye opener as I was exposed to many aspects of life such as poverty and poor living conditions which I was not exposed to back home. I was assigned many tasks, inter alia, project management, recruitment, grant writing and fieldwork. My skills were put to good use and I felt truly inclusive in all aspects of CCDO. Volunteering with CCDO was amazing and I would totally do it again!

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.

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!!!