Mote Oo Education - www.moteoo.org - is a small organisation who develop educational resources and teacher training programmes in Myanmar. Child's Dream have been supporting the majority of our running costs for five years. It is refreshing to have a funder who understands the necessity for reliable, ongoing funding of essential costs, including their recent purchase of a generator for our office, which in Myanmar's erratic electrical situation has enabled us to carry on our work uninterrupted. Child's Dream have always been there to provide us with support and guidance when needed, have given excellent advice and are always prepared to listen to any issues we might have. They have put time and effort into assisting us with financial capacity building, organisational development and income generation. With their help, we have gone from having a staff of six and twenty partners to developing links and collaboration with a range of education providers, and together are well on the way to making significant improvement to Myanmar's education programming.
I know Child's Dream Foundation and its founders since many years and follow their activities with growing interest. I have never seen such a professional working and operating nonprofit organisation. I personally feel very good when donating to Child's dream as I know 100% that my money is used in the correct way. Thank you very much Child's Dream for doing WHAT and HOW you do.
Knowing Dani and Marc from their first career as bankers, I am humbled by their remarkable humanity. They created a NGO without administration overhead and have chosen to resize their own lifestyle and following their passion truly!
Their connections with various governments in the SEA region allows Child Dream to run educational and health projects, that have a longterm view, enabling people and communities to develop/grow.
This charity really bonds with donors and keeps us informed of their good deeds. I especially like that they spend such a high high percentage on charity and not on admin costs. Love their good work!
I love the idea and the motivation behind the founders. The help and the opportunity they give to these childs are amazing. Great job!
Child's Dream Foundation addressed issues and sectors that are deeply untouched and often overlooked. The way how it provides support to its partners also allows partners to focus more on the actual implementation of the agreed program rather than putting excessive effort into the so-called proposal writing. I'm so grateful that Child's Dream was born.
*Pictures: students who studied at one of Child's Dream supported post-secondary community schools in Myanmar.
Child‘s Dream is an outstanding Organisation that combines deep caring with high professionality and an ongoing long time commitment. I am impressed by the diligence of the work, the motivation of the employees and how they make a difference - thank you all so much!
Since 2003 Child's Dream has been doing an amazing job selecting and supporting projects in the Mekong Sub-Region. The Charity is run with efficiency and professionality and I am impressed over and over again of their tremendous work ethic and efficacy.
It is a charity I can recommend with all my heart.
we have been donating to child's dream since the very beginning. even though the charity has grown, everyone is still super dedicated and highly professional. it impresses me that their operational costs have remained so low.
a charity i recommend to all my friends over and over again.
Child's Dream Foundation listens the voices on the ground and responds. In a donor landscape marked by an orthodoxy of indicators, convoluted financial reporting requirements, and strict adherence to outdated and irrelevant program strategies, Child's Dream is able to make decisions to get vulnerable populations the humanitarian support they need, when they need it. Child's Dream trusts their local partners to act and is flexible when the setting dictates unique interventions. The staff are knowledgeable, authentically committed, and willing to listen and learn. Throughout the multiple emergencies that have occurred on the Thai-Burma border during the past 1.5 years, it was Child's Dream who responded first.
It is great NGO. I like its mission, Improving health and education for sustainable development.
The only organization that’s allocated budget sufficiently to beneficiaries and very less overhead cost
Classroom of Hope is incredibly proud to be partnered with Child's Dream to build schools in South East Asia. Working with Child's Dream is always an absolute joy. They are one of the most efficient, sophisticated and knowledgeable NGOs I have had the pleasure of working with.
Child's Dream is one of the best social enterprises to work with. Have known the founders for nearly 20 years and watched Child's Dream grow from a vision to what it is today.
Child's Dream's commitment to their strategy, professionalism, their care for the beneficiaries of their projects and as well as to their many dedicated staff members is commendable.
A s a donor I'm always kept in the loop when it comes to my projects and Child's Dream offers excellent after care once a project is successfully delivered.
I will continue to support this fantastic organisation!
I met Daniel from Child's Dream when I travelled with an associated NGO for a school opening in Myanmar. I was inspired and humbled to hear about the organisation that he has built with Marc, to support educational, personal, and societal growth in areas where disparity has removed many opportunities. He spoke of success stories, of challenges and of his own personal commitment to making a difference. The fact that this organisation runs like a machine, delivers exceptional results and really does make a difference is clearly one of the key shout outs, but the biggest portion of my awe goes to the guys themselves and the values they hold. It keeps them true to their cause, honest to their contributors and dedicated to the individuals around them.
Child`s Dream is a really professional organized NGO which has an enormous impact in the education field. The projects I got to know during my video work for them where very well monitored and executed by the local team in Myanmar.
The team are hard working and stretch across several South East Asian countries with HQ in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Love their impact on rural communities by empowering disadvantaged children with education. A reputable not for profit charity who do a great service in the world.
Thanks to Child's Dream for giving me this chance to volunteer & know more what is all about Child's Dream is doing and their hospitality for welcoming me thanks so much ....u guys are really GREAT!! Keep it up although it was 10 yrs back but still I find this organisation really doing their great job with wholeheartedly.
I have worked with Child's Dream since 2004 on various occasions. It is amazing how much drive, efficiency, resilience, passion, impact and joy they provide to the Mekong Region on a daily basis. All details are mapped out, sustainability is ensured and their reporting back to the donors is outstanding.
Fabioulous work; efficient, sustainable and completely transparent implementation of our sponsored project. Fantastic relationship with donors and beneficiaries. We felt absolutely involved and connected to the village and school!
We have been partnered with CHild's Dream for many years building schools in rural communities across SE Asia. They are by far on of the best local NGOs working in the region creating significant impact for their beneficiaries.
10 years ago, my wife and I travelled with Child's Dream on a number of humanitarian trips in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. Getting to see their empathetic and professional approach to maximising the benefits to the local people was truly amazing. Since then, we have been committed supporters of their organization and this year, I've even got my employer donating too!
The fondation is at the time perfectly organised, honest, efficient and human. An example to follow
I volunteered full time with Child's Dream for 6 months and was so impressed with its impact, transparency, and dedication to a cuase. All the staff are true professionals, always keeping the beneficiaries at the heart of every decision they make.
An organisation unlike many others. They have a clear vision and constantly self-reflect and strive for the better. They foster a culture of learning, asking questions and being critical. Extremely well run and managed- with mostly local staff.
I have known and been a small tiny part of CD for nearly 10 years now. They show their success year after year and are not afraid to ask the hard questions and reflect upon themselves to achieve the best outcome for their beneficiaries and truly achieve social change. Look at their page and their admin ratio and do the math.
A fantastic objective, a great team, very clear and fast communication and a lean structure - i have chosen to support them since years and am very grateful for their work! A truly great experience
Child's Dream is a great NGO. I worked with them in 2010 and can only say good things about them. They have their hearts at the right spot and already changed the live of so many people.
Child’s Dream is one of my favorite organizations. Congratulations Child’s Dream .
I am so proud that my son was part of your organization
I knew Child's Dream thanks to my son Thomas who volonteered for several months.
My son was never as happy as during this period, and besides he wrote "I feel alive only when I help other people- Thomas ".
My grandson lives in Chiang Mai . Every time i come to share time with him, I love coming to visit Child's Dream team with him. So he will know that they are extraordinary people who do exceptional things for the children of this part of the world.
Thank you Child's Dream team.
Child's Dream Foundation is an organization comprised of individuals who truly love and help the others and make sustainable projects aimed at long-term development of the communities where they work. Real professionals with big hearts and great mission. We've had two joint projects already and planning to go on developing this partnership and wish the Child's Dream further success!
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Child's Dream focuses on education because it is proven to be one of the most important factors for sustained social and economic development.
Child's Dream supports interventions for children and young adults in one of the poorest regions in the world, where children are often forgotten.
The professional leadership makes dreams come true in a very efficient way.
This is why my family is supporting Child's Dream!
Founders have a clear vision and run the Child's Dream Foundation very professional. Their business background is clearly visible in the daily achivements and the numerous projects they have realised already since 2003.
Very professionally run NGO with a proven high impact and low admin costs. Very well done and keep it up.
We are a German foundation that finances school buildings in developing countries. Child´s Dream is our partner for school constructions in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Together we have already implemented 26 school projects. Child´s Dream is a great and very reliable partner.
A very good organisation in which I have full trust since many years.
Very impressed about their work - education is key for all this children!
I have been a donor to Child's Dream Foundation since their beginnings. They are very professionally organised and understand that the financial part of nonprofits have nevertheless to be managed in a transparent, expert und comprehensible way. You feel their former experience in the private sector (eg. in their clear controlling) paired with a very strong social commitment. As a donor, I give voluntarily because I know exactly where my money is going and I see directly what impact it has.
I was a migrant kid who had nothing, but a passion to gain a higher education to improve my life and help my people. the scholarship from Child's Dream organization gave me a chance to study at an international unversity. Now, I am an university graduated and I have been working for the education of Myanmar migrant children in Thailand. I am really thankful toward CD foundation for their works.
The foresight and passion that Child’s Dream have for the projects and communities they are involved with is amazing. They are an incredibly robust organisation with a long term view for both their organisation, the people and communities they are involved with. Equipping the children that live in challenging environments with the skills they need to make a better life for themselves and their communities is great. Child’s Dream takes a long term and sustainable approach to all they do.
I have served as a volunteer and later became an ambassador for Child's Dream. Having seen many other charities and NGOs work both on fundraising and execution, I'm convinced that Child's Dream is setting the benchmark in so many areas. Starting with high diligence in prioritizing the right projects, a pragmatic execution approach, and highly transparent reporting, I deeply admire what this great team is doing. Visit, donate, and experience yourself!
Child’s Dream has sent dozens of my former Burmese migrant and refugee students to university. And they help fund the NGO where I have volunteered for the past five years. I am filled with gratitude for all they have done.
An amazing foundation, love the work that they do. Had the pleasure to meet them in person last year and see the impact they make. Keep it up
Very enthusiastic and highly professional team! They have a tremendous impact on an unfortunate part of the society.
Very personal engagement with donors.
What an Amazing Organization!!! The team supported me to finish my university and fulfilled my dream and hope.
Child's Dream is a fantastic Charity. The work they do is truly amazing. I have seen this first hand when I was out in Cambodia in January. The commitment of the team is beyond words, it is heart-warming to see such dedication and to witness this life changing work. They deserve to be supported and recognised for all they do. X
Marc and Daniel, the founders of Child's Dream Foundation, are the most professional and engaged people I know. When I donate funds to Child's Dream, I know that of every dollar I donate the highest possible amount will be allocated to sustainable projects with maximal impact.
Thanks for using my funds so wisely.
My Name is Terry Weir. I am founder of Giving Back Association which is an independent charity review and rating organisation in Thailand. We review the annual reports and financial accounts for each charity reviewed by activity. We meet the management and staff of each reviewed charity at their offices and/or operational sites to understand their their charitable activities and governance.
We know and have reviewed Child's Dream Foundation in Thailand since 2014. We have met with Child's Dream management a number of times and visited their office in Chiang Mai. Child's Dream have the maximum 5 star rating that Giving Back issues. We have full confidence that Child's Dream is a very well run charity and efficiently uses their funds to achieve the charity's objectives.
Do you remember your greatest childhood dream? Not a mountain of gummy bears; not the giant ice cream; not the flight in the soap bubble like in “The Wizard of Oz” either. Rather, my question is aimed at the kind of expressions used by children such as "When I grow up I'll be…”. Or maybe you knew what your dream was all along. Maybe you actually did become a wizard, even if not the Wizard of Oz. Or were you rather indecisive, like me? I could not decide whether to become an Indian or a cowboy; a locomotive driver or an astronaut; a construction worker or an inventor. Four decades later, I must admit that none of my childhood dreams came true. Instead, I became a copper fitter and welder, a scribe, and a cross-world traveler, which I would never have dreamt of in this weird constellation. Thus, looked at in bright daylight, my professional career is a confirmation that reality does not necessarily - and certainly not automatically - emerge from a child's dream. This ultimately, and after a disillusioned phase, brought me to the sober realisation that it takes something more than just an innate ability to dream up one’s life: in the words of a mechanic, a universal-dream-realiser tool; one which takes you out of your dream phase to carry you on with your life. In contemplating this, my own indecision brought me to the solution of the problem. As to the name of the tool: no matter what I wanted to become, it would always have been necessary: education! After all, as an Indian, I would have had to learn about smoke signals and how to read tracks; also, how to use a bow and arrows, and how to smoke a peace pipe. If I had become a cowboy, I would have had to study the proper handling of a lasso and a colt. I’d have had to learn to catch cattle and mustangs with a snare rope. While bullets shot from a shot-gun reached Indians with an unmistakable loud bang, they were much faster than the arrow shot by the Indian in the opposite direction, whispering silently through the air.
It is highly likely that such thoughts on the vital advantages and disadvantages of different professions were the cause of my early childhood indecisiveness; doubtful and weighing whether I would really become an Indian, or perhaps rather a cowboy, or whether I should rather learn something decent. A profession that not only increases my own likelihood of survival, but also brings communities together; for example, a locomotive driver or an astronaut or a construction worker or an inventor. Believe me, it was really not easy. The advantage of my continued indecision was that I lived in a dreamy state for a long time, not unlike the Wizard of Oz in the soap bubble. In a miraculous way, both he and I survived these original phases of our lives, which, however, did not lead to a single profession only in my case. This leads me to the core of this story: the fulfillment of childhood dreams. Starting from the fact that every child in this world dreams. Every child! And we as adults know the shortest and safest way to fulfill these dreams: school…from dream, to education, to reality. A self-evident conclusion in a modern, developed world: going to school. Those children who are deprived from this right will hear their dream bubbles burst as adults. Not with a gentle plop like the bursting soap bubble, but a frighteningly loud plop. Into their hearts, sometimes fatal, like the bullet fired by the cowboy from his colt. The days of the Wild West are over. Such wild days in which children have no access to school education continue. It is still about lives. In the old days, survival meant weapons. Nowadays it is about self-determination of lives, possibly provided through a universal children's-realisation-tool. It's about education. To fulfill this dream of every child. If this one dream is fulfilled, growing children have a fair chance to fulfill themselves as adults as well by continuing to fulfill their other self-determined dreams. According to the slightly modified quotation of the Italian philosopher, Dominican and poet, Tommaso Campanella, (1568-1639): "Do not dream your life, live your (childhood) dream."
Ensuring access to education for many, possibly for everyone, especially for underprivileged children, is the declared goal of a dream come true, Child's Dream Foundation. Its two Swiss founders, Daniel and Marc, were also once dreaming children. They took their opportunities – thanks to education - to meet their professional dream. They built their (professional) lives on a secure foundation and lived their dream jobs by being bankers, nationally and internationally in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore. Steep career paths to recognition, euphoria, success, but then disillusionment after a few years. There was a sublime doubt about this brilliant life in the financial world, blinded by the glittering façades of the banking metropolis glistening in the sun to this day. Self-critical glances behind their own façade. Asking about the real meaning and purpose of their everyday activities for the increase in capital, no matter at which cost, to the satisfaction of the bank, investors, speculators. Faster and faster. Progression provoking dizziness. High-rise. Still, it was never enough. Never, Daniel and Marc realised, would it be enough. In this world characterised by numbers and interest rates, profits, percentages and potencies, balance sheets and analyses. Never-never-never. With courage and determination, but also with fear brought about by change, they analysed their young lives; dared to dream. Woke up, trusted their intuition and decided – thanks to their own education – to self-determinedly establish a children’s charity.
Fourteen years have passed since then. Since Child's Dream was founded in 2003, the two "dreamers" have been joined by many, many children's dream fulfillment workers: "You'll Never Work Alone!" is true not only for industry, but also in development aid. As an employee, as a volunteer, as a donor, or as an ambassador. To sum up, a multicultural team in a collaborative commitment, focused on education from childhood on. Precisely because education is one of the most important factors for sustainable social and economic development. Because education improves not only the future of the individual child, but of entire communities in the Mekong Sub-region chosen by Child's Dream. In Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. Crossing borders. Improvement lived, led and guided by boundless love. Theoretical and practical. A mechanic would say: interlocked effectively, and functioning like a well-oiled (almost) frictionless gear. For the transmission and transformation of movements, forces and energies. Powered by headquarters in Chiang Mai, transferred to the branches in Yangon and Siem Reap and from there into the individual projects. Authentic. Professional. Transparent. The question is why two successful bankers became founders. And why do so many other adults, including me, follow their dream, for heaven's sake? Blinded by the phenomenon of herd behaviour known from financial markets? Follow because all follow? Because a realistic dream, a profitable investment, is infectious and enthralling. Or because their life change motivates other people to lead a philanthropic instead of an “I-centred” fantastic life. Philanthropy? No reference here to the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra or tropical rainforests. Only to the ancient, original Greek meaning of philanthropy which is "the hot love of harmony". Entirely human-friendly in thought and behavior. Or is there even a more complicated, unconscious reason for such a change of life in the sense of a good cause? "The answer is simple," Daniel and Marc beam at me. "Because the realisation of Child’s Dream helps children fulfill their most valuable dream. It just feels good and right. Because this Child's Dream feeling does not come from the mind but from the heart. "
Chiang Mai, Thailand, February/March 2017
Stephan Thiemonds / Child's Dream German Ambassador
I follow the work of Childs Dream from the very beginning.
I saw Marc and Daniel starting with this fantastic idea to help children, in Myanmar, Laos,
Cambodia and Thailand.
There goals like good health, good education and reduced inequalities are so important to everybody in this world. These two guys started small, developed a team and worked fantastic.
We as a Family living in Switzerland, with fantastic conditions to bring up our children, wanted to give something of our luck forward to others. This is why we donate every year to Childs Dream.
Then it happened, that I started to work as a member of the board at Bossard Philanthropy.
Bossard Philanthropy wants to help where help is needed.
So I invited Marc and Daniel to present my team Childs Dream and the work they had done so far.
My team was as enthusiastic, as I am, after their presentation
So we decided to build a school in Cambodia together with Childs Dream.
In the Province Pattambang. This primary school has 5 rooms and space for 284 children.
I was able to attend the opening of the school and it was a fantastic day with so much happiness and gratitude. This gratitude I feel personally to the whole team of Childs Dream who uses there knowledge and there force to make our world better. Day by Day.
I would like to thank Childs Dream to give me the opportunity help at the right places.
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Great non-profit charity organization where you know that your money will be spend for the right thing.
Great job, keep it up and thank you for all the efforts you put in.
Very good first contact where they explained their great works, that is both effective and stainable via contract with gouvernement to run the schools once built. Important to note that their running cost is very low, so 95% of the donation goes to the projects!
Execution was quick and smooth and completed within the year (2018)
The opening of the school was special event to conclude this really good project
The best money i've spent. I will donate more and continue to support their work in the future
Organisation that source for donation without asking and yet receiving donation is a great organisation as this mean the donation come form donnor's heart. There are many charities which could touch your heart and gentle to your finacial strenght for you to chose form Child's Dream to suit every body. l still look forward to visit the organisation to see what l could contribute in near future. A very touching organisation that most donation reach the objective of the organisation.
When I first heard from Child`s Dream, I was watching a documentaion on TV, about the organisation and from that moment on, I knew that I want to support it. I was just excited of the story about Marc and Daniel and I do admire people who are donating there money and personal energy to help underprivileged people. Most of the children in this world have not even the basic to spend a normal life. I mean enough food, parents, love, a safe place to sleep and solid education. My doughter has all this for sure, but many children would be very glad to have it and to know I can help with a donation maybe can make a child`s dream come true.
Child's Dream has made a big difference in my life and has helped me understand how I can make the world a better place!
It was back in 2013 that I learnt about Marc and Daniel, their plans and great projects they had put in place. My dear wife had drawn my attention to a prominent article in a popular Swiss weekly that I would hardly ever look at. I felt thrilled about these news! A year later we organized a special detour to pay them a visit in Chiang Mai and found full confirmation by what we saw there. Being close to my retirement I actually had in mind to discuss possibilities of a future co-op. We did not identify a match but out of these discussions I could take valuable input for a viable alternative. Meanwhile I'm proud of having realized my own project in its 4th year by now in Vietnam, a country Child's Dream decided not to cover.
At the same time I have remained a faithful supporter of theirs. I find their professionality remarkable, of how the go about their existing and taking on new challenges! Last but not least, and as a former banker, I remain very much impressed by their low expenditures ratio. So many happy faces, so much progress created - big thumbs up!
Good luck to all of you, Yours Beat Meyenhofer, Switzerland.
I love it, how Child's Dream not just gives funds, but pro-actively engages with the community and gets them to participate. This leads to a big and long-lasting impact. My friend and I had the privilege to build a boarding house, together with Child's Dream, on the occasion of our common 50th birthday celebration and were impressed by the professionalism of Child's Dream. We are since many years a regular supporter of Child's Dream and full-heartedly recommend their fantastic work.
Child's Dream Foundation has been on our favorite list for over 12 years and the volunteer team members have gone through several iterations of changes. We respect and admire the spirit and dedication of the team because the low key effort for children in area where really not been noticed by the world. We cherish pictures of kids from CDF every years, the happy faces are best reward for us.
I have been a modest contributor to Child's Dream from near its beginning and have been seriously impressed by it's continuing efforts to bring educational and health benefits to a population unrecognized and under served. The founders have given of themselves and used resources so very economically. This is a philanthropy which deserves support and attention.
We have decided to support Child’s Dream because their targets and their vision completely match our ideas. In Child’s Dream, we’ve met a great team who implements our shared values efficiently and with a big heart. Child’s Dream involves the local people in their projects, they don’t just build something which is not needed and doesn’t help the local people. Child’s Dream also involves the government and it’s very important for me that what we give for charity is used for meaningful things and not for administration and marketing campaigns.
My wife and I visited Child's Dream Foundation in Chiang Mai in February 2019. We had made a prior appointment and were met by Marc (Co-founder and Managing Director) who gave us a tour of the premises and introduced us to other team members present at that time. The majority of the team were "in the field". Marc explained the organisation, the focus of their work and main areas of intervention. We were impressed by the tireless dedication of the two co-founders and team members who have achieved a lot by working pragmatically with local government bodies in the intervention areas. Needless to say that former students who had benefited from Child's Dream facilitated scholarships and now occupy important positions in government and industry or spread the word and support Child's Dream work in other roles help to strengthen the sustainability of Child's Dream mission.
They have a friendly staff and nice facility in Chiang Mai.
I am impressed by the history of Child'S Dream Foundation. Starting from a 2 men organization (2 young and socially committed guys growing out of Swiss bankers' environment) and bringing it up to a NGO involving mainly local people. Their focus on education is the most relevant and long term method to support people and especially children.
Thank you Marc and Daniel and Manuela.
BR from Austria
I got to know Child's Dream Foundation and their founders Daniel and Marc through a feature film project that I shot in the Chiang Mai area: they were extremely helpful in giving me advice and support that was helpful for my film (a big part of it was shot in a refugee camp near the burmese border, and their expertise was fantastic). Through these meetings I got really interested in their work and how they go about it: with so much enthusiasm and heart's blood on the one side, and so much knowledge about how to organize, how to work with precise budgets and defined aims, how to truly involve local people in their team - and really knowing about what is needed in the area: education, health, visions, support for talented individuals... They do an absolutely great job.
Outstanding experience in helping and funding for a school.
All money goes to the project !
Great people !!
Excellent organisation. Very passionate in helping the needy.
We are highly content with Child
I heard about Child's Dream for the first time in 2006 and got curious - so i informed myself. And was convinces at once, because of their stress on education and self-empowerment, plus that very particular mix of international expertise (in economics and politics, too) and being a relatively small, concentrated NGO.
At Cild's Dream, my founding is not wasted for the maintenance of a big institution. Their internal costs of administration are sensationally small. The program is very well thought, gives no place for voluntourism, but for substantial human relations and very well aimed educational programs. Excellent networking with local NGOs and officials. Convincing means of evaluation of their own work (even taken as example by officials).
My founding is relatively small, seen the all about sum of Child's Dream's budget, but they have excellent founders relationships and profound informations about their programs.
In three words, they are professional in an ethical way, efficient and bring sustainable results.