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Cambodian Children's Fund

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, International, International Relief, Philanthropy, Preschools, Public Foundations

Mission: Cambodian Children's Fund transforms the country's most impoverished kids into tomorrow's leaders, by delivering education, family support and community development programs into the heart of Cambodia's most impoverished communities. We believe that with the right education and support, one child has the potential to lift an entire family out of poverty and that a generation of educated children has the power to change a whole society. Through intensive, long-term investments in children, CCF is helping students build the skills, confidence and integrity they need to become the progressive spokespeople and leaders of change in their community.

Results: Providing 2,400 kids with education and other services. Nearly 800 births with zero maternal deaths through the maternal care program. Dozens of children who once struggled to receive any education are now enrolled or preparing to enroll in university. More students attend university every year. Older students enrolled in vocational training have a 100 percent job placement rate.

Target demographics: impoverished families, kids

Geographic areas served: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Programs: education, health care, nutritional programs, vocational training, leadership skills, and family assistance.

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow. What an incredible day. I loved how CCF run an integrated model where they are not only supporting the children but the entire community and looking after all the needs to ensure families are stable and children can attend school. Amazing work and they are creating a huge impact. Felt so privileged to see it first hand.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the past, when I saw dire situations such as that of the community around the former Steung Meanchey garbage dump in Phnom Penh, I simply fell into a depressing sense of helplessness. In working with CCF, I now see hope realized. Beyond food, shelter and education, CCF gives hope, and with hope, we are changing the World one child at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at CCF as a teacher trainer in February 2017. I was amazed by the number of programs that CCF offered the people of Steung Meanchey such as the granny program, Toms shoes distribution to neighbouring communities, food programs, youth camps and many more. I thought they were run very well by the staff, student leaders, EO's, management team and volunteers.

I really liked the way the students at CCF were encouraged to become leaders and lead the programs themselves contributing to their education but also their community. This gives the students responsibilities, empowers them and gives them the support and foundations to help build their communities from a local level. Furthermore the staff were very dedicated to their students and most appeared to love working with CCF to empower the children towards a brighter future.

My experience within the classrooms helping the teachers, demonstrated to me the passion and care the staff had for their students. I believe this supportive and caring environment encouraged the students to come to school and build a love of learning. The students were playful and friendly and loved seeing their friends. At my time at CCF I saw lots of happy, smiling children.

CCF has had a huge influence on the people of Steung Meanchey, not just the students but the community as well. CCF as well as Scott Neeson have created programs that pull the people out of poverty through education, which in my opinion, is the most important thing that you can offer someone. Although there are pitfalls and issues that arise in the community, Scott is committed to the people and finds ways to help support them and I believe this makes a great leader.

CCF is committed to distributing donations and funds effectively and this was shown through sponsorship donations by Tom's shoes to cloth local children, resources like books and iPads to build up the library centres as well as leftover foods from bakeries and cafes to feed the children during school times.

I just wanted to say how welcomed I felt at CCF from the first day I arrived. The organisation and everyone that works within it are very friendly and this sets a lovely tone and makes someone new feel very welcome. It is also very nice to feel like you are giving back to the community and are valued for your time and presence within it. Thank you CCF!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been visiting and watching this foundation grow for the past decade now and what they have accomplished is remarkable. The level at which they operate and the scale of their their reach is like no other non profit I've seen. They are making a lasting difference in the lives of children and their families in Cambodia.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for children's NGOs for over a decade, and have never seen an organisation with the sheer positive impact of CCF. Their work truly has transformed one of the most poverty stricken areas in SE Asia, and their students are incredible - they're going to be the next generation of leaders in Cambodia.

I can't speak highly enough of CCF.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Aimee22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Sara_Roe

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently spent 6 weeks volunteering with CCF and was most impressed by the broad and diverse range of services they offer to the whole community in the Steung Meanchey area of Phnom Penh. The staff are incredibly dedicated and hard working and have a real dedication to changing the lives of those they work with. I believe CCF is bringing real change to the lives of many families and individuals and are providing an opportunity for many children to break out of the poverty cycle and have hope for the future.

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago I first visited CCF with a skeptical mind. I had read a lot about the orphanage business in Cambodia and was determined to ensure that any organisation I was supporting actually helped children and didn't seek to exploit the poor. After my first tour, I was blown away by the wholistic nature of CCF, its many facilities including education, healthcare, vocational programs and much more, and most of all its happy, well looked after kids. I was so impressed I not only sponsored a child, but applied to volunteer. Having just returned from 3 months at CCF, I can say my skeptical mind has been put to rest. CCF is truly life changing for the kids that are fortunate enough to be looked after by its selfless and hardworking staff. The greatest testament to CCF's model are the first generation of children who have been raised at CCF and are now graduating into the real world. They are smart, confident and eloquent young people who speak fluent English and have a desire to give back to the organisation that helped them become the people they are. I can see the cycle of poverty being broken and vision of a sustainable NGO coming into fruition. These children are Cambodia's future, a cause truly worth supporting.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have sponsored a child at CCF for 3 years. When my schedule allowed, I flew over to volunteer. I have just completed 5 months volunteering In Phnom Penh. This has been a life-changing experience... it is such a special place and organization. There are millions of non-profits out there. I think it is possible that a few may be as good as CCF. However, I can promise you that it is impossible for one to be better. Impossible! The kids are so inspirational. Scott Neeson talks the talk and walks the walk (every night).

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On my third trip to Cambodia I was lucky enough to visit the head office, co-sponsored world housing project, and new Rice Academy school. The thing that makes CCF stand out above similar non-profits is the holistic and focused nature of their intervention. They are lifting whole communities out of their distressing poverty through a mix of education, health, nutrition and employment. They do not over extend but ensure they have a genuinely trans formative impact on those they serve. If you are looking for a Cambodian charity to support then I highly recommend this one.

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Donor

Rating: 5

After sponsoring a child for a year, I was fortunate enough to be able to go on holiday to Cambodia. As part of this trip I visited the CCF facilities in Phnom Penh. Wow. I knew CCF did great work, but I didn't realize quite how much they were doing, how big an effect this was having, and how large a scale they were now working. The children were so happy and clearly now developing to become happy and productive members of society. But CCF was doing much more than this. It isn't just a intervention to help individual children - although of course it does this - it is also helping the communities they come from to create lasting change and not just try and treat the symptom. I spent the morning with the child I sponsor and his brother (who I now also sponsor - beware of visiting as you will end up being unable not to sponsor more!) the CCF staff were brilliant in setting up such a memorable and emotional trip. The two children I sponsor clearly love their new life and seeing them develop, and CCFs central role in this, was incredibly moving. Cambodia has suffered, and continues to suffer. CCF is one of the most effective charities I have seen anywhere in the world at making a genuine difference.

4 Shona O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently travelled to cambodia to teach PE with ACPE (Australian College of Physical Education). I believe that this organisation succeeds in their mission to assist children and provide them with education , food and clothing in hopes that they will be the change in the future generation of Cambodia. Where suffering, inequality are seen throughout the country it is good to see these children given a chance at life. My 3rd year teaching i have fallen in love with these children and can see that CCF has changed the outlook on lives with smiles that can light up darkness. I am grateful that i have been a part of this organisation and i can't imagine what would be of these children if it wasn't there. As Nelson Mandella quotes ; education is the most powerful weapon to change the world and in this case educating these children will hopefully one day turn Cambodia into a equal and bright country. My world has changed by working with CCF and i can only imagine half of what it has done with the children.