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Caring for Cambodia Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Food, Food Programs, International, International Relief, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: Caring for Cambodia (CFC) is educating a generation of Cambodian children today to make a difference for Cambodia’s tomorrow.  Our schools are safe, modern and technologically equipped.  We train teachers, provide tools, and remove barriers to learning.  We build Cambodian leadership to guide and sustain these schools, so that generations of CFC graduates can reach their highest potential and make valuable contributions to their community.

Results: - CFC graduates maintain 80% pass rate on national exam, 20% higher than country average - High school drop out rate of 7% compared with 20% nationally - 100% of CFC graduates go on to work, train or study - Gender equity schools that are 50% male, 50% female - Increased English language ability - Healthier student body; reduced chronic malnutrition through meal program - Provided scholarships for 100 CFC teachers to earn their bachelors degrees

Target demographics: educate a generation of Cambodian youth in partnership with the Cambodian government

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6600 students, 200 teachers and thousands of families across our five school communities.

Geographic areas served: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Programs: Food for Thought: Provides students two nutritious meals a day because hungry children cannot learn. Health Education: Educates on basics from oral hygiene to hand-washing proving that small changes make a big difference. Career Preparation: Prepares CFC students for life beyond school so they become productive community members. Early Learning: Guides mothers and prepares young children with lessons in literacy, numeracy, hygiene, nutrition and child development. Teacher Training: Transforms our teachers into change agents with sustainable and replicable training methods. CFC provides these programs and more, including Gender Equity and Information and Communications Technology. Our main focus is the classroom where CFC teachers implement Cambodia's national curriculum using international best practices, such as student-centered learning.

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring for Cambodia is the most outstanding non-profit organization I know about. Not only have I been able to experience the improvements happening here and across the sea, day to day activities continue to grow the country of Cambodia. CFC focuses on educating the people, helping them by helping themselves. This organization is amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

And incredible organization. I’ve been working with Jamie on various projects for years and am always blown away by what she and CFC are able to accomplish year after year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working for Caring for Cambodia as a volunteer since its inception back in 2003.
When I first met founder and CEO, Jamie Amelio, her passion for helping those less fortunate was so strong, I couldn't help but be pulled in to this wonderful non-profit organization.
Over the years, with the hard work and dedication of so many, CFC has continued to grow and fulfill its mission of educating a generation of Cambodian children today, to make a difference for Cambodia's tomorrow. I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization!

Deeann Gallo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As Caring for Cambodia's representative to the United Nations, CFC promotes universal education,gender equity, eradication of poverty, improve health and life skills, and continues to align with the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This 501 (c)3 non-profit, non-government organization aims to educate the children of Cambodia through building schools, training teachers, and providing basic needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cambodian government has proclaimed Caring for Cambodia the "model school" for the country. Since 2003 I have I have witnessed the tireless work of CEO and Founder, Jamie Amelio and her committed staff and volunteers educate a generation of Cambodian children...over 6500 to date.
Through CFC's trained teachers, safe and modern schools, and volunteers throughout the world, Caring for Cambodia is removing barriers and giving children the potential to better their lives and make valuable contributions to their country.
I am humbled and honored to be small part of this outstanding non-profit called,
"CARING FOR CAMBODIA".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring for Cambodia is recognized by the Cambodian government as the model school for the country. The heartbeat and pulse of this non-profit is it's Founder/CEO and the group of dedicated board members, staff, and volunteers that work tirelessly to give the children of Cambodia a better life through education. CFC not only educates the children, it builds the schools, trains the teacher, provides meals, and works with the parents in the community. Uniforms, bicycles, fresh water, dental and vision check-ups, computers and school supplies are just a few of the ways Caring for Cambodia operates...all through dedicated volunteers. I am humbled by the lengths this organization goes and honored to be a volunteer in their mission. They have "Stayed Bothered" over the years and have changed the lives of thousands of children.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the honor to see CFC get an award from a local community party that I attended. I was moved by what CFC has achieved and wanted to be a part of helping. The task at hand for our children, across the world, has me staying bothered.

Donor

Rating: 5

Caring for Cambodia is all about commitment and transparency. The impact CFC has had on the Cambodian education system - and thousands of individual Cambodian children and their families and communities - is remarkable and lasting. CFC strives towards excellence with close scrutiny to efficiency and costs, making sure every donation has the most impact possible. For 16 years, CFC has maintained a presence in Cambodia that has changed the face of Cambodia's education system forever: curriculum, safe and child-friendly schools, health and nutrition, career preparation, gender equality and professional development for its teachers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Caring for Cambodia since 2009, and have been continually impressed with its dedicated commitment to fulfilling its mission to improve Cambodia's education and brighten the futures of thousands of children. CFC collaborates with the Cambodian government, trains Cambodian teachers and administrative staff and educates Cambodian children - all with the goal of empowering Cambodians to direct their own. Largely run by volunteers, CFC is able to ensure that donations directly impact schools and programs - not overhead. Authentic leadership, professional approach and transparency -- all marks of a solid organization. AND they are truly making a difference in the lives of individuals EVERY day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring for Cambodia is an amazing non-profit that gives 94% of every dollar back to Cambodian children. They support 21 schools and more than 6,600 children by paying for their education and giving them meals, along with many other tools to learn. Their mission is to give these kids the tools to learn so that they can help get their families out of poverty. They are changing the future of Cambodia!

Natalie H.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love knowing exactly where my donation is going! CFC is super transparent and I enjoy seeing the photos of the kids on social media. It's easy for me to trust that my money is helping kids in Cambodia!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Caring for Cambodia is a magnetic organization that draws you in. Started by a small group of people who decided to stay bothered about the inequities in education, in 15 years CFC went from filling backpacks with school supplies to providing a world-class education for over 6,600 students at 21 schools in and around Siam Reap. From Gender Equity curriculum to computer labs, CFC students graduate as well-rounded individuals with the means to lift themselves and their community out of poverty. I'm looking forward to visiting the schools for myself later this year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CFC does amazing work providing education, life skills and a way for Cambodian children to pull themselves and their families out of poverty. They have achieved a huge amount on mainly volunteer power (outside of Cambodia) and have an amazing staff team of teachers and dedicated professionals in Cambodia. They are a real force for good in Cambodia.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined as a volunteer when I was in eighth grade and never looked back. Everything Caring for Cambodia does is for the children. The sense of community they build is nothing like I have gotten at any other organization - they make every single person feel a part of the family. All these years later I still am amazed at everything they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great philanthropy that brings the knowledge, strategy, and most importantly the partnership with the community they serve.

Elaine Cohen K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have started a project to build a library in a school outside Siem Reap and needed help from a respected and reputable NGO there. After contacting at least four different orgs, and getting no help at all, I was directed to CFC with its focus on literacy work. They were immediately interested in guiding me and have provided enormous help and support in the planning, design and implementation of this project. With graciousness and professionalism, they helped me develop a budget, they visited the school and provided a detailed report on its needs, contacted school staff and served as intermediaries in communicating the schools' needs and our resources, provided training staff and library expertise, helped select books, etc. Our library will open on Nov 1 and this would not be happening without CFC!

Donor

Rating: 5

My family when to Cambodia last November and visited one of the schools that CFC has helped to develop. We were very impressed with the tour and programs that they have in place. All of the children are benefiting from their food, hygiene and educational support. They are truly making a different in a place of need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of dedicated volunteers making a huge difference in the communities Caring for Cambodia serves. Leadership is all volunteer in the US and is dedicated to maintaining high standards of service to the children and families served in Cambodia while also keeping fundraising and other administrative expenses to a minimum. Great, fun group of people who are making a difference in people's lives!

Jenilee R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with CFC for 2 and a half years and it’s such a wonderful organisation making a huge difference to the Cambodian children’s lives through education! Completely transparent, wonderful group of people led by the amazing founder Jamie Amelio. This organisation is fantastic, giving Cambodian children a better brighter start to life full of possibilities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring for Cambodia is an excellent, transparent, life changing charitable organization that I am so proud to be a very small part of, as a volunteer. Together, we can all make a difference and help educate the children and also help them give themselves a bright future ahead, as well as making friends and widening our horizons. The team have been amazing and really welcomed me on board with open arms and I can't thank them enough.
I first found out about CFC when I was on a flight to Siem Reap and saw a school trip from Tanglin all in their orange CFC t-shirts going out to do a project in a CFC school. I was so impressed that when I saw an advertisement on 'Expat Giving' for Volunteers for this organisation, I jumped at the chance! I am now their Fairs Coordinator and use the wonderful opportunity to participate in various trade fairs in Singapore to raise awareness about who we are and what we do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring for Cambodia is a great organization.
They're commitment to helping Cambodians build and operate their own circuit of schools is a truly admirable goal. The nonprofit doesn't simply funnel in funds from international donors, they contribute resources and much needed help through which the Cambodians will be able to reach a level of self-determinism in the education of children across Siem Reap. With a clearly stated exit strategy and locally-hired staff, Caring for Cambodia's goal is truly admirable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Caring for Cambodia (CFC) since 2010. It is astonishingly wonderful to see and experience the impact this organization has had on the children who attend CFC-run schools (preK-12), their families, the communities surrounding the facilities and the country as a whole ( as CFC schools are considered the country's model schools). When you look on the children's, teachers and families' faces, you know! When CFC realized that children were coming to school hungry and that hungry children can't learn, they provided free breakfasts and lunches for all students. When they realized children didn't know about health and hygiene, they brought filtered water to each campus and taught about the importance of clean hands and teeth. When they realized students were dropping out of MS and HS because they needed to work, they began to teach life skills in areas such as organic gardening, computers training. They also created college prep courses, a GIRLS MATTER! initiative, music, art, robotics and science. CFC is a truly fabulous organization, making a huge difference in Cambodia!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this NGO for 8 years, seeing first-hand the work that they do and their commitment to educating children and increasing the skills of teachers. They support students' ability to learn by proving healthy meals, health checks and glasses, extra support for students who fall behind, and outreach to students who might dropout. Teachers are supported by training, scholarships and classroom supplies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with CFC for 6 years. This NGO is making a significant difference in the lives of thousands of Cambodian children and their families. CFC helps both the individual child by providing eye glasses, when needed, potable water, access to healthcare, highly trained teachers and social workers, but them also has an impact on all the children in Cambodia in their capacity as the Model School for Cambodia, training administrators and teachers across the entire country.