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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: PCL is a community of people devoted to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Results: We address individual variables within the cycle of poverty at once by providing holistic, sustainable solutions and creating replicable projects. We are dedicated to serving the poor by helping children, widows, and their communities worldwide reach their full potential through five main areas: Sustainable Farming, Build a City, Children's Homes, Common Grounds and Learning Centers.

Programs: Provide food, clothing and educational opportunities for children and adults below the poverty level. Basic education and vocational/technical training will be provided for adults and children.

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Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a mission trip through PCL to Cambodia. It was wonderful! You couldn't ask for better people to guide you; I can't wait to do something else to help with this awesome place! The work they are doing in Cambodia is life- changing. I'm so happy I got to witness that.

Daryl M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Quite simply PFCL is changing lives. Whether you are talking about their orphanages, city training centers, innovative farms, or housing projects, the chains of poverty and ignorance are being broken and men, women and children are being set free. Don't take my word for it. Go visit Phenom Penn or Siem Reap with PFCL and see first hand what they are doing. You will leave a part of your heart in Cambodia, and you will be forever changed!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PCL is an awesome organization that cares about people. Their work in Southeast Asia is a brilliant act of humanity. I am one of the lucky few to experience the works of their dedication and determination to make lives better in a country where needs are many. I am honored to stand for PCL.

Donor

Rating: 5

PCL is a great organization. We've been donors and their work that were had the privilege of seeing on the ground in Cambodia is second to none. Their staff and key personnel are truly doing life changing work, day in and day out.

1 Phillip T.

Donor

Rating: 5

PCL is an awesome organization. I've been on a couple of trips and sponsor one of the children in one of their orphanages. I have witnessed people from PCL who really want to make a difference in peoples lives. To train people for better jobs, to teach people how to farm and raise food for their families and for small business, and to raise children without families in a clean and loving atmosphere. They are really changing lives for the good.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization. My trip was life changing. The work that Dr. Fred and PCL is doing is changing southeast Asia. Thousands of people are blessed every day by this group. I've seen first hand the orphanages, schools, farms, cities that are touched by PCL. To look into someone's eyes and see their reaction to the understanding that they can go to school, raise food to feed thier family, and be self supporting is amazing. Please contibute and support this organization, it is a great investment. You will be blessed as you see others being blessed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity does far more than any other non-profit organization I know. They are clear in their motives of helping those in need. Their work in Southeast Asia is changing the world one home at a time.

1 thompsonnc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PCL is an organization that is not just changing lives, they are changing an entire country. They not only help people, but they educate them so they will be able to help themselves and future generations. I have been a volunteer and a sponsor for several years, and continue to be amazed by what they are doing and what they are dreaming of doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with People for Care for many years. This is an excellent organization run by individuals truly dedicated to making a difference in the world and in their community. I am also a financial supporter. i had the opportunity to travel with them in 2011 and see first-hand the great work they are doing in Cambodia. I was amazed by all that they are accomplishing. This is an excellent organization with excellent leadership.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been sponsoring a little girl at an orphanage in Cambodia through People for Care and Learning for the past 2 years. We trust People for Care and Learning and know that our money is used with integrity toward the education and physical needs of the child we sponsor. We also have sponsored 2 houses in the Build a City project. PCL has earned our trust by their commitment to excellence and integrity. We are thankful to be able to be a part of the great things they are accomplishing in other parts of the world. My husband and son were able to travel to Cambodia in January and saw first hand the projects PCL is involved with while they were there. They were also able to meet the precious child we sponsor. It was such a blessing to see our prayers and small donations making a huge impact in other people's lives. We are thankful for all the good work People for Care and Learning is accomplishing. PCL is making a difference!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed by the compassionate and visionary impact PCL has had on not only Cambodia, but the local community as well. The work they have done is literally changing the world.

Douglas14

Board Member

Rating: 4

PCL is committed to erasing poverty by changing individuals. Southeast Asia has been the focus point with Cambodia as the initial starting point. I have been involved with PCL from its beginning. PCL has invested resources, prayers, and people to change the lives of Cambodians by assisting them with job opportunities, training, medical assistance, and better housing. The future looks bright as Cambodians discover and release their talents to make life better for one another.
Douglas LeRoy

Matthew43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PCL is changing lives in Cambodia. The myriad of programs that are in place to provide food and shelter for orphans, educate children and adults, teach farming techniques to rural communities and provide housing for displaced families are remarkable.

The leadership of PCL employees inspires volunteers and continues to grow the PCL vision.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored orphans at People for Care & Learning's orphanages in Cambodia for three years. Their work there is improving the lives of these young people to a degree few if any other organizations are accomplishing. Their philosophy of not only offering support but teaching life and job skills is providing each child with a future and not just a roof over their head until they become an adult. The fact that all of the support I provide goes directly to the children is important to me when so many charities today have huge administrative costs taken out of the sponsorship funds they receive. Their other programs from providing safe drinking water to households by giving water filters to their vision of building an entire city complete with all infrastructure to give the residents a quality of life many of them never would have thought possible demonstrates that they are truly dedicated to improving the lives of as many people as they can reach. They do not seem limited by lack of ideas or lack of dedicated associates but only limited by funds. I am happy I can help in a small way with their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son recently traveled to Cambodia with PCL to visit the orphanages and see the changed lives due to the generosity and work established by PCL. This organization empowers the people by teaching the skills needed to live without continual assistance. This is a great catalyst to help change a country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I had the opportunity to go to Cambodia with PCL and it was an experience that changed our lives. It will open your eyes! We visited the dump where families literally live and dig through roughage daily just trying to survive and PCL are creating housing provisions, we saw homes that they are literally building for $1000 per family. My husband and I acted as dental assistants to a dentist that was traveling with PCL where upon we provided care for orphans, children and adults and some had never been to a dentist before. We went to the river where poverty was unbelievable and handed out water purification systems provided by PCL and educated the families about water filtration and parasites, it was beautiful to drive away and to see all of the water filtration systems sitting in from of the homes that were in devastating condition or only planks of wood. This is one organization that is genuine to the core and are changing lives with every touch.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been there many times and the food is always great and the service is the best! I highly recommend it.

Rev Kev

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank God for PCL. My son and I have both visited their work in Cambodia. They are changing lives. Please join us in support of PCL and Build A City, giving people a hand up - not a hand out. It works!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never been motivated to give financially to a nonprofit before. However, after having heard the vision of PCL and experienced the mission first hand in Phnom Penh, I have no reservations giving to or recommending PCL to anyone. The donations made to PCL are truly impacting individual lives and transforming communities. PCL is efficient, effective, relevant, and organized. I know our donation is making a difference in the lives of children in Cambodia that truly need it

Marissa B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most amazing non profit. The work they are doing is vast and world-changing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An organization that works with the culture and people they serve to give them their own means to a better life. Every organization that works with the poor or disadvantaged could learn how to do it with excellence from PCL. Inspiring in every way!

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that PCL is doing in Cambodia is amazing. To see first hand the differences being made in the lives of such a wide range of people is truly incredible. Whether it is in the lives of the children in the orphanages, the villagers around the Farm at Tacom, or the excitement of the people as they watch the Build- A-City project at Andong spring up around them, it is inspiring. My family will continue to support this wonderful ministry.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love what PCL is doing in Cambodia. The humanitarian effort is second to none. They are truly making a difference and giving the Cambodians an opportunity for true life change. Things like the Build-A-City project, distributing water filters, their working farm, and the Common Grounds Coffee shop are truly models for others to emulate.

We are honored to have worked with PCL in the past and look forward to working with them and serving them this year and in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

People for Care & Learning is an outstanding organization! We are proud to be a part of this wonderful ministry. This organization is truly making a difference. All we can say is...it's amazing!

Billy6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful ministry. I have been acquainted with its director and staff for several years and have found them to be people of outstanding character. If you want to donate to a ministry that is making a difference and operates with unquestionable financial integrity, People for Care and Learning meets all those expectations.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that puts those they serve above themselves. I am always being updated on new projects they are working on. The difference they have already made is phenomenal, and I cannot wait to see what they do in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to travel to Cambodia with People for Care and Learning and was beyond impressed with the amount of integrity and excellence in which they operate. I saw first hand their vision living out in the lives of those poeple and the difference they make.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had first hand experience with the inner workings of this nonprofit organization and I can give a first-hand account to the wonderful stewardship of donor dollars and the incredible impact this organization has both in the U.S. and all around the world, with a specific focus on SE Asia. Dr. Fred Garmon and his team have a vision on how to end poverty through education, opportunity, and most importantly HOPE! Any involvement in this organization is a positive step towards supporting the worlds MOST vulnerable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Fred Garmon for over 35 years and he is the head of PEOPLE FOR CARE & LEARNING.
Under his direction, this organization has gone into Cambodia and established food programs, clean water abilities for untold numbers of people, educational and vocational opportunities for many, and has now taken on the task of building a city to help the homeless have a home. I can't say enough about the integrity of this man and the organization he leads PEOPLE FOR CARE & LEARNING.

Verenice B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been around People for Care and Learning from its beginning and it is amazing the work they do and continue to do. Their staff locally are wonderful, caring people. What they do in Asia is amazing and beyond words. I also had the privilege to travel to Cambodia in 2011 and see firsthand some of the work they have done there. The lives they have touched and changed is mind blowing. I also admire the impact they have made in our community, Cleveland. No matter how far they reach, they have not forgotten to touch home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

People for Care & Learning is an organization that is concerned not only about their responsibilities in Asia, but also about their responsibilities as community members. They make sustainable efforts and projects become realities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Returned to the U.S. from Cambodia last week more convinced than ever of the worth of this great organization. While we were there, the Cambodian government presented Distinguished Humanitarian Service medals to key players involved with the poverty-reduction program underway near Phomn Penh. The poverty cycle can be interrupted at several critical junctures---housing, health, water, jobs, education, food---and I was impressed to see that PCL is attacking on all these fronts. The newest development is an arrangement for a U.S. manufacturer to locate a plant near the village where PCL is building 1,500 homes, a school, market, clinic, community center, and park. Now that I'm back in town, I've learned that a group of students at the local university are engaged in a 50-hour effort they hope will raise a significant amount of money for People for Care and Learning. People know it's worth the investment ... me included!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

People for Care and Learning is the real deal. This organization does more with a dollar than any group I know. From their audacious project in Cambodia of building a whole town for several thousand residents, including its total basic infrastructure, to the down-in-the-dirt task of developing a model gardening-farming operation to move people toward self-sustainability, they do it all … and with transparency and accountability.

Pam_26

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the latter part of last year, my daughter made a big decision to move to Cambodia to teach school. The fear that gripped mine and her dad's heart can't really be described. Then we met the folks from People for Care and Learning. As we attended a cookout and heard stories of people who were serving with this organization in the states and Cambodia, we realized that she would not be alone. We left for Cambodia in January of 2012 to get her established in her new home. When we landed there, I was overwhelmed with the fear of being in a strange place and knowing that in 10 short days, I would have to leave her there. On the first full day in Cambodia, I walked into Common Grounds, a coffee shop established by PCL. It became my oasis! The staff there adopted me and my daughter immediately. Their compassion, attention, friendship, comforting words, great food let me know that God had definitely gone before us to assure a peaceful transition. It was life-saving then and still provides comfort to us when we skype or facetime with our daughter or know that she is there getting a great meal. There are so many other ways this organization has touched our lives. PCL, thank you!

Betsi F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A nonprofit that is actually making a difference in the world.

1 Cameron F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to think the mission of People for Care and Learning was so far on the other side of the world that it couldn't interest me, but when I witnessed up close at what they do, I not only was hooked on the mission, but got a clearer vision of the appropriateness of the name - people for CARE and LEARNING. Those are the driving forces behind the effectiveness of what PCL does. They care for those they encounter by building homes or providing fresh water, and they provide learning experiences through such activities as language education and business training. Their ministry is a shining example to all benevolent agencies.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

People for Care and Learning (PCL) is a focused organization that is changing the trajectory of lives in our community and around the world. My wife and I have been involved with PCL for several years. We have a great appreciation for what they do, and an even greater appreciation for the reason they do it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have served with a non-profit organization of March of Dimes Birth Defects with 12 counties in Tn. I still volunteer with various ones. People for Care & Learning are using their workers, volunteers & money to help people in places where no other organization would go., local in Cleveland, Tn as well as in other counties, They are professional as well as friendly & easy to talk & work with, if you are involved in other nonprofits, you should also consider helping out with this one in volunteer work or money,

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unbelievable organization that I've had the privilege of serving with for many years & most recently in a tornado disaster clean up in a nearby community. Their vision with the latest project "build a city" far exceeds my expectations of excellence. What surprises me most about this non-profit is the amount of programs they run on a daily basis at such a high standard. It's remarkable how many people's lives have been changed for the better!