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'd just done some volunteering teaching in Thailand with Primary School children and as part of my trip back to the UK, I was visiting Phonm Phenn in Cambodia and had the opportunity to visit CCF and see the amazing work that was being done there.
It was truly inspirational work.
Whilst visiting it was heartbreaking to hear (and see) the desperate conditions that these poor children were growing up in. Their village was based on and around a city dump, a dump that not only contained household rubbish, but toxic and hazardous waste too!, families for a wide variety of often unfortunate and heartbreaking reasons found themselves salvaging a living on this waste site. Children were needed to work in order to earn money to survive - education and going to school for these children was previously not an option.
How amazing that CCF can help these children and families out to not only provide education, health, a future and hope but to give them the opportunity of a happier and more prosperous life.
We heard several hearbreaking stories of children and how they were malnourished, living off the dump with no future and no hope. I heard about a very young boy, who would find dead babies abandoned amongst the rubbish tip and he would take them away from this atrocisity and give them a decent burial.
CCF however has managed to turn many young children's lives around with a good solid education, an excellent and very fluent command in the English language (which will enable them to get a decent job in Cambodia) but I particularly admired the fact that these children are expected to be involved in CCF, become team leaders themselves, help, mentor and be inspirations for the younger children.
When going around the facilities (classrooms, playgrounds, a community area, a place where children were fed and showered and in desperate situations a residential place for children who could not live at home). There was a vibrancy in these areas, a happiness, a willingness to learn, children allowed to be children, and a great sense of optimism.
I didn't visit the really bad areas, but what I saw of where some of these people live and the facilities that CCF provide it made me realise how important CCF are in this community and what a real, positive difference CCF are making.
Please keep up the amazing (literally) life saving work.
Great charity who work hard to protect very vulnerable children. Thank you for what you do
I recently visited the CCF with my twin 10-year old girls. I was looking to expand their world perspective, try to show them the extreme and varying levels of social and economic living conditions outside of our very comfortable suburban life in the United States. The result is hard to put in words as the CCF is a forever life-changing experience. We came away with empathy, hope and the realization that we can make a difference! We sponsor a child now, will do school projects based on raising funds to help sponsor the CCF and will spread the word on this wonderful organization in Cambodia that is changing the future of a nation! Scott Neeson has been and inspiration to us all!
CCF is a wholistic NFP organisation which blows me away. Every day I follow their news on Facebook and am always in awe of the achievements of everyone involved. Love the grandparent program that is so lovingly implemented through the young Cambodian leaders. Culture awareness, care giving, medical care, tools and food to negate the less desirable aspects of Cambodia - so well set up and managed. Love that the 'at risk' families and/or children are given the opportunity to grow and give back to their culture. Love that CCF is striving to be sustainable financially and emotionally. So much happiness in Camodia. I just love all those smiling faces, young and old.
Just last week I had the wonderful opportunity of having a personal tour of the Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF) set up in Phnom Penh with Scott Neeson the founder of CCF. The following day I had a further 5-hour tour with one of the staff of the great many sectors that make up the amazing work that CCF is doing. Whilst there I saw the smiles on the children's faces. The magical way Scott and the staff interact with the children and I saw kids holding their shoulders back and their heads high. Kids who had self-esteem, knew they had a place in the world and had purpose and goals. It was a beautiful sight to see and though I was already a fan of CCF I had never actually walked around and seen the operations in action before. So as a result of two-days of touring and seeing Scott Neeson himself so hands-on, on the ground, talking to the kids, checking in on them and building their self-esteems I am now even more a fan of the amazing work of CCF. I took on a sponsor child whilst there and am looking forward to many good years of being part of her life and the story and magical work that is that of CCF. If you have a dollar or more to spare to a very well run NGO that is really making huge changes for the next generation of Cambodia, spend it here.
Review from Guidestar
I've been following CCF for many years now. My family is from Cambodia and when I heard Scott's story when he decided to start CCF, it inspired me and encouraged me to be a contributor. I recently went to visit my family in Cambodia in early 2014 and wondered if there was any way to visit CCF. Kindly, they offered to take me on a tour to over 4 locations and visit the facilities and see all of the children! It was such a memorable experience. CCF is genuine, caring, and stays true to their original mission and values.
All starts from the founder of the organization and the founder of this charity, Scott Neeson, who has pure compassionate heart, his intentions are utterly sincere and that's why this charity, on my opinion, should be a model how to run a charity. His selfless work produces life-changing and world-changing results, because when you help children not just with food and shelter, although that is already a lot, but help them develop their mind, shape their attitudes and expand their view, you raise the whole generation of educated and kind people who are willing to make a positive change in their country and the world. This charity lifts kids from literally dirt and garbage to the heights of opportunities and proper human life. I am very grateful that this charity exists.
Cambodian Children's Fund is the first charity I have seen that puts all its' resources on the ground. No grand offices in far-off cities - just hardworking, impassioned CCF staff working for and within the communities. Very much into openness and transparency and the result of their work is like nothing else I have seen.
The founder and workaholic Scott Neeson walks the talk and should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Great to see an organization of people that are so fortunate looking after less fortunate people so well. All of the help I see you giving has made me stop in my tracks and think 'what can I do that makes me be a better person'
I have just completed a week long visit to CCF as a representative of my corporation which is partnering with CCF on several efforts. There are not adequate words to describe the amazingly positive impact CCF is having in Phnom Penh. This trip has been life changing and I would not have been nearly as moved as I am had it not been for the dedication, structure and efficacy that drives the amazing work they are doing.
This is the real deal. Everything that they have posted is true, I have seen and felt it. While the pictures are compelling, they only scratch the surface of both the need and the transformation of the children CCF is supporting.
Visit the CCF was a rewarding, informative and very moving experience. All the staff takes care of children with care and humanity. CCF try to give them the best possible education and especially a solid foundation. They are followed throughout their education until they acquire training giving them a job and therefore a future.
The first site I visited is located near a landfill and has more spaces. There daycare for children, classes for children 5 to 9 years, the center of child-sponsor relationship and care center for families.
At the second site, children 10 to 15 years welcome you. Always smiling and happy to share their activities, these children are wonderful. Hopeful and eager to learn!
Thank you to Mr. Neeson and his team to assist and supervise all the children with attention and affection. I wish all the children a bright and happy future.
I visited CCF at Phnom Penh in February 2013 and felt privileged to witness first hand the incredible life-changing work that Scott and his team are doing on the ground there. I visited the community centre and went on a walk with Scott and some of the older children who are being trained to help out the communities they came from. We visited some of the poorest and most disadvantaged areas that are benefitting directly from CCF's work through purpose built schools in the communities, and CCF's high daily presence on the ground. It was inspiration to see the difference that was being made to these children and their families by Scott and his team, and also to witness their passion and dedication to trying to help the people in these communities become self sufficient and make a better life for themselves. As a photojournalist I was extremely moved by what is undoubtably life-changing work taking place here. So much so, that I have decided to help out however I can through donating or sponsoring.
Review from CharityNavigator
I visited CCF in February 2012 and felt deeply privileged to witness the life-changing work of Scott and his staff first hand. They are out there on the ground, directly interacting with the community, and the passion and dedication of the CCF staff to the children of Stung Meanchey, as well as the children's families was Inspirational. For me, the results were obvious in the form of older students who were already self-organizing to help other poor communities. This is a charity where the beneficiaries are encouraged to become self sufficient. If you are looking to support a charity that will make a real difference in a severely disadvantaged and impoverished community, then look no further than CCF where you can rest assured your money will go to tackling poverty at the coal face.
Review from CharityNavigator
I was lucky enough to visit CCF in Phnom Penh as part of my gap year travels in 2012. On my arrival at CCF I was struck by the incredible facilities that were available to the children in an otherwise completely impoverished area. I was lucky enough to be given a tour by one of the girls, Makara, who was about 13 years old. She showed me with pride (and in very good English!) what CCF has given children like her - from the fantastic computer room, to the outdoor play set. All the children were so friendly and their enthusiasm when talking about what CCF had done for them was infectious. I very much hope to return and volunteer in the future.
Review from CharityNavigator
12 months ago I first travelled to Cambodia with a group of close friends. Apart from visiting the amazing temples at Angkor Wat, our visit was also to learn about the plight of vulnerable children in a country that is struggling to recover, repair and rebuild after the atrocities inflicted upon them during the brutal Pol Pot regime. So touched was our group that we have just returned home from a second Cambodian visit during which time we were introduced to Scott Neeson and the incredible team of staff and supporters at Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF) in Phnom Penh. Never in my life have I been so touched than by the amazing work this group are doing to make a real and enduring change to the lives of innocent children. We arrived at CCF's Childcare facility in Phnom Pen to be greeted by Scott Neeson, a tall slender man in wellington boots with a smile that instantly made you feel welcome. Surrounding Scott and constantly coming up to hug him with beaming smiles were the children in the Centre. I was overwhelmed by the number of kids in CCF's care and by how they all came up to us with a welcoming smile, often taking our hand to walk us through the centre. To my amazement, Scott knew each and every one of the kid's names and the situation that brought them into the care of the CCF. If I can achieve anything in these words, let it be absolute reassurance that the work the good people at CCF are undertaking for these kids is real, is life-changing and will stay with me for the rest of my life. John
Review from CharityNavigator
I had the honour of visiting the CCF Community Centre and one of the Satellite Schools in the area with Scott Neeson. I was amazed at the extent of services offered by CCF at this facility and overwhelmed by the happy, healthy kids in class, child care and the nursery. The kids and staff were welcoming, engaging and genuinely happy to show us their part of the world.
Review from CharityNavigator
There are many organisations in the world that aim for great things. However nowadays, the general public fears misuse of funds, poor accountability, corruption, selfishness or plain incapacity. I have had experience with numerous organisations and I can frankly state that I have never been more inspired or uplifted by an organisation than by CCF. Not only does it have sound organisational structure and programmes, but it achieves exactly what it aims to do. CCF has clearly worked tirelessly to create stable and vital relationships with the Cambodian Government, the public sector and the general community, which results in effective operation. The Executive Director, Scott Neeson, and his very capable team have succeeded in removing children from an existence scrounging at the dump, to a life filled with regular food, a place to sleep, healthcare, education and friends. The smiles on the children's faces are unforgettable.
Review from CharityNavigator