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.
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.
OPC Deutschland Hilfe f
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.
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 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.
This is a truly efficient, effective and transparent organisation and what they create / support is highly sustainable. As opposed to many other organisations in the field, they think out of the box, involve the beneficiaries and analyse the needs (and risks!) carefully, rather than just applying a standard "one size fits all" short term fix. I have known Child's Dream for many years now and can highly recommend supporting this organisation!
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.