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.
My sister and I had been volunteering in Cambodia through CCDO for the past four summers. It has truly been a live changing experience for us. We are always excited to see the students and staff at the preschool, primary school and middle school. It was most excited for us to see the new computer lab at the middle school this past summer. We look forward to hear more great news from CCDO, and hopefully to return to Siem Reap next summer.
This is my second year as a volunteer of CCDO and I've had wonderful experiences. With the effort of my family and friends, we were able to donate an overall of twelve latrines and four wells. Last year, My family spent a couple days painting murals for a pre-school ; this year my sister and I along with four other friends spent some times painting desks and building soccer posts at Tapang. CCDO is truly improving the lives of locals and is just impressive beyond expression.
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!
My experience working at the Cambodian Community Dream Organization for 3 months far exceeded my expectations. Not only I learned a lot about the daily management of a well-established nonprofit but also I had the chance to really contribute to the wonderful work they are doing in Cambodia. I worked on different areas (bookkeeping, HR, volunteer support, etc) and I felt I was really contributing to their projects. I visited the rural areas several times and I met the students of the schools supported by the CCDO and the families we helped----an unvaluable insight into the actuals goals achieved. I was also able to learn a bit about some other aspects I had no previous experience of (sanitation and water development, project management, etc.) thanks to the helpful attitude of everyone working there. I was amazed of the great things that could be achieved with limited resources. I really think I learned from them far more than what I could have expected in any other place. One special mention goes to my colleagues (management and staff). All of them are great professionals and also wonderful people who made it feel like home all the time. This review is not enough to describe such a wonderful experience. Anyone willing to contribute with their existing skills in a nonprofit and willing to learn new ones should know this organization is possibly one of the best.
The CCDO was a great experience for me, things were not allways perfect but un the end I learned à lot and felt like I really contributed.
Our experience with CCDO has been top notch every step of the way. We traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia and were looking to give back to the community we were visiting and do some hands on service. The organization was easy to coordinate with and provided a great experience. From seeing what they do first hand, we can earnestly say they are truly dedicated to helping those truly in need, they work hard to make donations go as far as possible to do the most good, they deeply care about their work, and they are incredible at accountability. They insure follow up with the people they help (including servicing wells and latrines to insure functioning) and with donors (including sending updates, photos, etc.). We've worked with and given to a large number of non-profit organization and this one is top decile. We intend to continue supporting their work. Great team and great organization.
Even though, I haven't volunteered with CCDO in a while, I still receive the monthly newsletters and Ms. Lipa is available to me as a mentor. She truly cares about her work and makes sure that her volunteers and employees are diligent and educated. The organization itself reaches milestones each year and I am proud to be associated with it.
On behalf of the Mount Vernon Church of God 7th day, We thank the CCDO staff and board members. We are happy that Kadijah was able to work with the CCDO in Cambodia again this summer. She was once again teaching environmental studies to the students. We were also able to donate money to build a second well. A special thanks to Ms. Lipa for everything that she has done and continues to do.
After my 3rd visit in as many years to Siem Reap, Cambodia, having met the small local team and seeing first hand what they have accomplished, and observing their dedication, commitment and passion for helping the children and their families in Ampil Commune, I am more and more inspired to do what I can to help this small 10 year old NGO, the Cambodia Community Dream Organization (CCDO).
With very limited resources, purely from small donations, I am astonished at what they have accomplished. Not only do they provide Breakfast & Education Programs for Pre-K to Grade 9 students, including English and Computer classes, they also provide water wells and latrines for their families. This organization is providing exactly the kind of grass roots development Cambodia so desperately needs.
Being a volunteer at CCDO and working across the different departments especially WASH has given me an idea. An idea of structures required to bring about a positive change and an idea of continuous improvement. Going to villages to construct water wells for families that are barely able to survive without it is not a lesson or eye-opener because after all that's what NGO's do right? Then what is different here? Being a small scale NGO currently and directly connecting each donor with the specific well he or she donated is one example of something different here. The donor of the water well or laterine has an idea of how his/her funds are specifically affecting the family who gets it and CCDO is a facilitator for this. And of course I like to see the families benefiting so yes, this is great! And what is greater is that CCDO wants to make this sustainable and reduce the dependency of poor on the factors controlling the things that each and everyone in this world should have access to.
Volunteering with CCDO (twice) has been a rewarding, eye opening experience. Learning (very basic) Khmer, understanding cultural differences, and working with the wonderful children at Tapang School and their motivated, caring teachers has been a memorable experience. Both times.
A highlight was visiting the water well built in honor of my parents and meeting some of the 14 individuals who draw water there. An emotional experience on many levels.
CCDO is everything a nonprofit should be: Focused and effective, with realistic goals; efficient in the use of funds. My thanks to Jenni Lippa and Ksenija Olmer letting me be a part of something truly positive and inspiring.
Alan Dimen Jan. 2014 and 2016
There are few organizations where all the money that one donates go to the place one assigns for the money. Mostly just a percentage goes there. The rest goes to administrational expenses. This organization makes sure that all money one donates goes where one want it. They are also doing fabulous work and helping so many people.
Often when one gives money to charities one doesn't know how much will be used for the administrative fees. here all one's contributions go to helping make Cambodian children have a dream that will come true.
CCDO and Jenni Lipa the founder of this amazing charity, have done incredible work in helping Cambodian children and their families. Not only by providing wells , latrines and health services in areas where few if any existed, but also enabling so many children to get school, get an education, receive meals, schools supplies and enhance their chances for a better life- for them AND their families. Jenni has worked tirelessly for the Cambodian people and anyone who has been to Cambodia has been touched deeply by seeing the changes CCDO has brought to the communities they have helped. In addition, you know that when you donate monies, it is going where it's most needed, with little overhead that you see wasted in so many other charities. Your money is put straight to work for where you want it to go and you can see proof of that in all it accomplishes. I smile every time I see the advances that these children and communities have been making.
I can't say enough positive things about this charity. Alexandra
i have rarely experienced such a well run non profit organisation such as CCDO. The founder Jenni Lipa is passionate , well organized woman who knows how to inspire others .Her dedication to improve the lives of her Cambodian children over the year is amazing .. her team has created so many water wells, education and food for so many children .. i have been to the schools myself and was extremely impressed to see those happy children ..
Well done and good continuation.You are an inspiration dear Jenni Frederique
I feel proud volunteer at CCDO. I feel fully empowered with the trust, feedback and support I am given. What I mostly like about CCDO is that it focuses a lot on health promotion and education instead of providing communities with only free resources.
CCDO does not only focus on the work of each department but it also looks into strengthening personal and professional skills of its staff through sending them to training. I truly enjoy my time at CCDO and the ability to learn from each other.
I have just returned from two weeks of volunteer work with 10 other volunteers from Cambodia. It was very gratifying to see all the new improvements and the initiative of the local staff and parents. In our community parent meetings the amount of farming parents who showed up and spoke up was amazing. They want to see good education for their village children and they want to be involved in making their community cleaner and healthier. Hand in hand lasting change can happen. It is not top down or hand out approach that can work long term. I am very proud of how far CCDO, the students, the staff and the villages have come.
This organization continues to find ways to help vulnerable rural populations with well thought out and executed programs. It gives emplyment opportunities to local people who dig wells, build school classrooms, cook school food, teach, and manage programs. It also opens the doors to volunteers from all over the world, young and old, to use their talents and passion to help those less fortunate in meaningful ways.
Dedicated and hardworking staff, great programs - the children in Siem Reap have really benefited from CCDO's initiatives, from its breakfast feeding program to enrichment lessons at school (English, Sports, Computer Classes etc)
CCDO is run by Jenni Lipa. I have had the privilege to watch her work tireless and with an amazing dedication and love for Cambodian Children and their families. I and friends have several times visited schools and villages and seen the mutual respect that is the hallmark of CCDO - working together, working WITH children, teachers, parents, on and on. You just have to see the smiles on young people's faces when Jenni visits, I LOVE that I have been able to dedicate a well, I've the family and seen their eyes light up with appreciation for what is in our Western world, such a small thing, CLEAN DRINKING WATER that keeps them healthy and free from unnecessary diseases. WELL DONE CCDO and all the team on the ground in Cambodia and those abroad who support this amazing Project!
Over the past 7 years my personal involvement with the CCDO, Jenni Lipa and her teams working in villages surrounding Siem Reap have brought me great joy. I have witnessed the amazing transformations of the villagers the CCDO works with - from the very young to the elders including the village chiefs. Today these are empowered individuals and communities seeking to provide a better future for their youth. Besides building water wells and latrines through sponsorships, Jenni promotes the monthly "Clean House" award, has created childrens libraries, raised awareness about the dangers of human trafficking and the ploys of traffickers, holds puberty education workshops, scholarships for advanced education applicants, women's health education, and the list goes on. She and her team are very hands on - nurturing and maintaining close connections with these struggling and marginalized Khmer people. The CCDO continues to be an vital source of active inspiration for me!
CCDO is run by an amazing woman, Jenni Lippa whose leadership skills, integrity and passion for changing lives have made this organization the success it is today. She has demonstrated to all the staff and volunteers who work at CCDO that drive, determination and courage to face obstacles are the key ingredients to making meaningful change. Bravo to CCDO for improving the educational opportunities for so many children in Cambodia and for giving so many families easy access to water through the water well program.
CCDO and Cause Vision worked together to educate children and their families in Siem Reap area on "human trafficking", and about "hand washing" . We developed a comic book "Phea's Dream" together, and CCDO distributed total of 7,000 copies through their reach out projects in the communities and schools. Furthermore, CCDO distributed 2,000 copies of "Wash your Hand" booklet to children. CCDO's community projects of building wells and latrines are very successful, and meeting the recipients was one of the highlight of our field visits.
Last year, my wife and I had the pleasure and privilege of visiting the villages, families, schools and water wells in Cambodia that we have supported since the inception of the organization. We spoke to the children in their classrooms and were moved by their commitment to their education. Cambodian Childs Dream Organization, under the dedicated and visionary Jenni Lipa, has been committed, caring and efficient in the use of contributions for many years. We continue to support its work and hope that you will join in doing so. Last year we sponsored a wonderful girl to continue her education in high school and will continue to do so.
I have been involved with CCDO as a Volunteer and have been very impressed with how much the organization has accomplished. They are really about helping families.
i have known Jenni for close to four years and her involvement with the Cambodians Childs Dream Organisation in Cambodia with the Villages and the Schools,i have been very fortunate to have visited her projects .
The people including the Children in the Villages have been given an opportunity to have a meaningful life and the opportunity to make a real input in life.
The incredible time and effort put into this organisation to make it a real success story is very special.
i salute all of the people involved keep up the great work
The CCDO makes an actual difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families. The CCDO employs a dedicated national staff who are supported by a team of volunteers under the leadership of Jenni and Ksenija in the planning, running and evaluation of its schools and ongoing community programs. It was a great learning experience for me as a young adult to volunteer at this nonprofit - itself a role model to other humanitarian organisations in Siem Reap and indeed the rest of Cambodia.
CCDO Founder Jenni Lipa had done magic and is because her passion and love for the Cambodian People that others had followed her path!
CCDO is a great organization and had helped a lot of people specially orphanages,schools and her water wells projects which had made a die text impact in the villages! !they need all the support they can get
I have been a supporter of CCDO since its inception. It is a wonderful organization. I had the good fortune to visit the program and see my dollars in work. We visited several schools, participated in a community hygiene program and learned so much about the importance of direct help to educate. I met the family that the latrine I sponsored went to. I am very impressed with this non-profit!
CCDO is an amazing organization! I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to see the many ways they are supporting and empowering Cambodians. CCDO does so much with the donations in dollars and materials the receive to support the mission of bringing Heath and Education to rural villages of Cambodia and do so in such multifaceted ways. From employing community workers for organizing community events, supplementing education with an array of activities and offering a preschool program so older children can attend school without the worry of missing school to care for their little siblings, to water wells and laterines... the list goes on... CCDO is doing amazing work. I loved volunteering and look forward to volunteering for them again. And I am spreading the word on this gem, CCDO that's out there doing great work to anyone who is interested in a reputable and outstanding non profit. Keep doing the good work you are doing Jenni & Ksenija!!!
I have been working as a remote volunteer translator with CCDO for the last two years and I had the opportunity to spend one day with them in Tapang. As a Cambodian, I am grateful and admire the passion and perseverance CCDO has towards changing lives in the rural community in Siemreap. Working in rural Cambodia can be a daunting task. Problems include access to water, electricity, good roads, quality human resources and cultural difference, to name just a few. I have witnessed the effort CCDO had put forth in trying to understand Cambodian context and find creative ways to overcome those challenges. They are very inspiring.
Four years ago we were introduced to CCDO by a guide. He made no effort to solicit money but upon our return home, we check out the CCDO website and bought a well. Today, we are back in Cambodia as volunteers and Jenni Lippa organized a trip to visit our well. When this little grandmother grabbed me by the waist and squeezed me I was once again reminded how CCDO changes lives everyday. CCDO works to improve the lives of the Cambodian people In so many wonderful ways (education, WASH: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Women's Health, nutrition) and Jenni Lippa, the founder, has her finger on every detail. Jenni and Ksenija Olmer. opened the door for me to teach this month. I am overwhelmed by the dedicated teachers and staff here. They are passionate, caring, individuals who work long hours to teach a language that is not their native tongue. Never has a dollar been stretched to do so much good for so many deserving people. We will carry these memories in our hearts always!
After visiting Cambodia and falling in love with the people and culture we found CCDO as a way to conttinue our connection with this beautiful country from abroad. CCDO is the most amazing organization....they respond personally to every email I send and I feel every dollar spent goes directly to the needs in Cambodia. I love the fact that I never receive snail mail, email response is immediate, and the difference they are making in this country are obvious. Heartfelts thanks to CCDO.
My husband and I volunteered for the first time with CCDO five years ago. We visited several well sites and met the families who benefiited from them. We were impressed with their work then and continue to be impressed by Jenni's strong bonds and work with the people. I recently returned to Siem Reap this January as part of a team of volunteers, this time to work with the students in two village schools. It was surprising to see that the playground equipment donated 5 years ago is still in use. I was amazed to see how much was accomplished with just basic art materials, the teachers and students' enthusiasm and talent even sans our knowledge of Khmer. This is not an easy environment to work in so hats off to Jenni and the staff of CCDO! Cayo Marschner, California
I am currently working for this NGO and love it. The work is quite multifaceted and I am constantly amazed at how the staff genuinely care about the projects they are conducting and are able to manage the work from the ground. I love my time at CCDO and have extended my stay because it is such a great place.
This is the second time I have come to Cambodia with CCDO to volunteer and donate. In a world where not all NGO's are honest, I kill can trust CCDO to use any donations and resources given them to the best results for, and with Cambodians. I was amazed to see how much had been accomplished this year since my first trip two years ago. I plan to continue to support CCDO's work.
I first became aware of this charity during a trip to Cambodia and decided to get my kids involved. They raised money to build a well, and a month later, we received photos of the well that was built with their donation as well as a photo of the family that would benefit. Because of the immediate and tangible result, my kids really felt the impact of their fundraising and plan to do more. Furthermore, the CCDO staff has been very responsive with answering questions, providing information, and inspiring my kids to be better global citizens. This is a fantastic charity to support if you want to see the results of your donation and not have it disappear into a black hole.
We had a great experience volunterring at CCDO. We helped build the door post and measure the height and weight of the children. The kids were very friendly, and the teachers were very responsible educators and care takers of the children there.
CCDO TAKES WHAT DOESN'T BELONG TO THEM. I PAID IN HONOUR TO MY FATHER FOR A FOOTBALL FIELD FOR THE KIDS OF A COMMUNITY AND JENNI LIPA, THE CEO OF CCDO, ORDERED TO TOOK AWAY 3 OF THE 4 TO BRING THEM TO A SCHOOL AND THREW AWAY THE SIGNS WITH MY FATHERS NAME AWAY LIKE GARBAGE. NONE OF THE TEACHERS OF THE SCHOOL OR THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL WAS INVOLVED. WHO GAVE JENNI LIPA THE RIGHT TO DESTROY WHAT DOESN'T BELONG TO HER OR CCDO?
Margy Leenders paid a former employee Sao Vanna ( former for a good reason and the CCDO staff and community asked that he be dismissed from our organization) to put up 4 signboards on the netting of a football field that was not supposed to be installed I the first place. When the school director found out that this was done illegally, the signs and netting came down and the football field has been moved to another area as was originally planned.
My experience with CCDO has all been very positive and I am personally humbled by the extent of work done for the children in CCDO.
I do my small part by sending used clothing to CCDO and I get very good feedback on their distribution. I can see photos showing the distribution of the clothing. The approach to distribute the clothing to the better students also impressed me. All this gives me great motivation to continue the small things I am doing now.
I am also very happy that scholarships are given to the top students of the CCDO.
Full kudos to CCDO to the impressive arrays of activities done to help the poor students and nearby villages of Siem Reap.