Volunteering with CCF in early 2015 gave me the chance to see first-hand the amazing work being done by CCF in the Steung Meanchey community. As well as educating and caring for more than 2,200 children, CCF operates a broad spectrum of community services that support the families to keep the kids in school. The staff really do ‘work from the heart’, with an underlying belief that CCF children can be the next generation of Cambodian leaders. It is clear that CCF's work with these kids is truly life changing - breaking the cycle of poverty and providing them with the opportunities they deserve.
I first volunteered with CCF in 2015, straight out of university and right before starting my career in consulting. Having the opportunity to work with their Sydney office and go to their head office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and see the work that they do on the ground was eye opening. The beneficiaries in CCF's programs gain tailored solutions to meet their needs which all link back to pillars of education and leadership. An element of their programs that impressed me is that their support is not a hand-out - for the children to be in school, there is an agreement with CCF and the family to be off drugs, alcohol etc. and to support the children with attendance. Despite everything that the community and children have been through, the beneficiaries have endless smiles and compassion. I have volunteered a lot over the years for many NGO's, and CCF is by far the most transparent, honest, and humble of all - the need for education and leadership in Cambodia is evident, and the sustainability and effectiveness of CCF's programs on the community of Steung Meanchey is visible. Thank you for showing me your beautiful world CCF and keep up the great work!
When I heard about CCF, their community ethos and focus on empowering children through education, love & care I was instantly hooked!
I'd spent months looking for a voluntary project I felt had a holistic & community focus and found that within CCF.
Actually seeing children's desperate situations within Cambodia, really moved me. Then hearing about Scotts brilliant aim to take children & their families out of such awful poverty assured me that their are really kind people in this world to help overcome misfortunes bestowed on people due to inequality!!
As a volunteer with a lot of experience in child development & an holistic approach I wanted to share insights to compliment within the team, and so I feel it was definitely a worthwhile experience.
volunteering alongside teacher Srey Sor was my highlight as she showed absolute compassion & attentiveness to each child she taught.
Whilst the focus was on teaching them English and maths to enhance their skills, I felt the real lessons were in teachers like Srey Sor promoting a 'you can do it' attitude!!
I liked that local Khmer staff are employed & CCF are looking into even more ways to promote equality & inclusion within Cambodia.
For instance by supporting schools in village areas, so children can remain within family structure whilst getting n education & health needs met.
That's definitely got my five star vote!
In July this year, our family and 12 volunteers from our own not-for-profit charity, Bikes 4 Life, travelled to Phnom Penh to visit CCF for our third year in a row. Bikes 4 Life distribute much needed, refurbished bikes to deserving CCF students, their families and the broader CCF community. Given we have returned three times (and plan to continue to do so each year), speaks volumes as to the calibre of CCF, their programs and the positive impact they are making in the Steung Meanchey community. CCF fully involve their students in all facets of their incredible programs, teaching their young Junior Leaders responsibility and ensuring they are giving back to their own community. The students of CCF genuinely embrace their education opportunities and seem to be very committed to continuing the cycle of eduction. We are also fortunate enough to have the pleasure of sponsoring a child which is the most rewarding experience of our visit.
I volunteered for two months as a buddy teacher this year at CCF. The work that the administration and staff do there is stellar: there is no other word to describe it. The school, medical facility, granny program, child protection program, partnership with Workd Housing, food program... are all headed by a man who should win a Nobel prize for seeing a problem and donating 100% of his life to solving it. Five stars are not enough
CCF do an amazing job to give seriously disadvantaged youngsters the opportunity to offset the disadvantages of their birth and to achieve their full potential. It is not only about opportunity for the individual but the community as a whole and in the long run gives the community the tools to look after itself.
I particularly like the holistic approach of CCF, recognising that it is not only the issue of school opportunity that the kids are missing, but also factors such as the economic role of kids in the family and the quality of housing that need to be addressed in order to achieve CCF's aims.
I have now been volunteering for 2 years for CCF and it is honestly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. CCF genuinely cares for the kids and their families and assist in making their lives better. They are having a huge impact on the community they provide support for.
The have a holistic approach and a balanced outlook on not just education, but a sustainable approach to the community of Steung Meanchey that helps uplift ethics, welfare, health, education, wellbeing, safety and increasing sustainable living conditions. Community programs intertwine, for example, the students become Junior Leaders in the community and help sustain a Granny Program, helping to promote community, respect and responsibility and care towards each other.
It is incredible to see the transformation from when CCF began until now. I have even seen an incredible transformation since I started volunteering with them in 2014.
It is important that I work with a fund of high integrity and ethics, and I believe CCF to be aligned with this. The organisation stands true to its transparency and accountability.
I feel privileged to have met and taught literally hundreds of CCF students over the last 2 years. I am consistently surprised by the level of genuine joy, respect, integrity and focus these the children have. It is a pure joy to be around and assist them in their growth.
Having heard about the wonderful work that CCF was doing in Steung Meanchey from a close friend and previous volunteer, when an opportunity arose to assist with an IT implementation I was delighted to get involved.
What struck me about this organisation was the efficiency of the services being provided, and the professionalism and dedication of the management and staff. After visiting the schools and interacting with the students, the impact that CCF was having on these young people's lives became clear very quickly.
During a community walk through the Steung Meanchey area, I was somewhat overwhelmed by the living conditions of local families, even after having travelled extensively throughout SE Asia and other parts of Cambodia. But after witnessing the lavish praise from the parents, grandparents and students involved with CCF, it was clear that the community had high hopes for the next generation, and simply would not be where it is today without Scott and his team.
I am eternally thankful for the opportunity to assist such a well-run organisation providing these essential services to the Steung Meanchey community, and to have been inspired by the bright sparks that are the thousands of students involved with the many CCF programs.
It was also such a pleasure to spend time with Scott personally to experience the true meaning of selflessness, and the impact one person can have with an unwavering vision, an amazing team and 12 years of personal dedication.
Volunteering at CCF was such an incredible experience. Scott and his staff are extremely passionate about helping the children in Steung Meanchey, and it was inspiring to hear from the children and actually see how they have changed during their time at CCF. I highly recommend this organization to potential donors, sponsors and volunteers!
CCF not only changes the lives of children in Cambodia, but the lives of everyone that come into contact with this amazing NGO. I was inspired by the founder's story and the positive impact of this charity. I've just finished 6 months volunteering in Phnom Penh; everyday was a bonus. My life has been enriched by meeting and working with wonderful, beautiful children, teachers and volunteers. To be able not only to witness, but to be part of this team was a dream come true. At times, I used to stand in awe, hope being restored and communities rebuilt.