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Cambodia's Children Education Fund, Inc.

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Causes: Education, Educational Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Human Rights, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: After thirty years of war and a genocide at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia remains an impoverished country that offers almost no educational opportunities to impoverished students.  These students cannot afford to attend public school, but those who can afford school are in overcrowded classrooms for approximately 2 hours per day.  CCEdFund expands educational opportunity to impoverished students by providing scholarships for them to attend exceptional schools within Cambodia. While recent economic growth in Cambodia and the creation of a democratic system of government has expanded opportunities for some, many Cambodians have little to no access to public education due to poverty.  Further, there are exceptional schools in Cambodia that provide progressive, child-centered educational experiences to students whose families can afford the schools.  CCEdFund provides similar educational opportunities to Cambodian students who have exhibited dedication to their studies by providing scholarships to these exceptional schools.  In doing so, CCEdFund is promoting peaceful economic, social, and political development in Cambodia where there is a paucity of education professionals (due to the Khmer Rouge genocide).  After completing their education, our students commit to working in the public interest in Cambodia for a minimum of two years.

Results: CCEdFund is providing 22 impoverished or orphaned Cambodian students with scholarships to exceptional schools for the 2010-2011 school year.

Target demographics: Impoverished and orphaned Cambodian students in Cambodia; any age.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 22 Students

Geographic areas served: Cambodia

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13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I strongly support the work of CCEdFund which is changing the lives of children in Cambodia, 22 children at present. I have promoted the organization to numerous individuals because I share the founders' belief that to create the leaders of tomorrow in Cambodia one must plant the seeds in the minds of the youth there. To read the accounts of the students' accomplishments can literally bring tears to one's eyes. To see where those children live and how little they have tugs at one's heartstrings. I hope to have the opportunity to travel to Cambodia one day and meet some of these children. They are Cambodia's future and I applaud the work of the CCEdFund to help them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shortly after the organization and qualification of Cambodia's Children Education Fund, Inc. as a charitable entity its purpose and vision was explained to me by one of its organizers, Carrie Garber. She spoke from first hand knowledge of the poverty and societal cruelty to the youngest and most vulnerable members of the Cambodian population. I was immediately impressed with her understanding of the situation and the need for immediate action. The record of the growing number of children that the Fund has helped educate gives me hope that Carrie and Jennifer's generation understands the need for international charitable involvement to turn back poverty and ignorance. In these difficult economic times I have personally budgeted funds to ensure that the education of the children of Cambodia continues through the efforts of Cambodia's Children Education Fund, Inc.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My personal experiences with CCEdFund have mostly taken place vicariously through Carrie Garber, one of its co-founders. After learning that Carrie was running an NGO while also juggling law school, I became interested in what it was that compelled her. When she explained that the organization was founded to help Cambodian trash pickers, I became even more interested. I had heard of the Khmer Rouge at that point, but I didn't fully appreciate the devastation that Cambodia continues to suffer as a result. Carrie patiently explained the dire need of many Khmer children, and quickly sold me on CCEdFund as a way that I could help these people so far away. I have attended and participated in a handful of fundraising events, and I remain a consistent donor. This has only been bolstered by my recent trip to Cambodia. I traveled to Cambodia last month, and I was truly saddened to see so many starving and despondent children in every city I visited. Though I was there on vacation to celebrate a recent personal accomplishment, I was humbled by the Khmer people and their story. Seeing it all in person, from the killing fields to the remaining catastrophic effects of the Khmer Rouge, has only strengthened my loyalty to this organization. CCEdFund provides for me a special opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way, where I can be certain that any money I donate will be used first and foremost to help the Khmer children. For that, I am extremely grateful.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been very impressed with the work they do to both raise funds in the US and actively establish ties to schools in Cambodia by visiting and interacting with the teachers and school leaders there. I've discussed multiple times with the founders and leaders of CCEdFund the advances the children they support have made. I think they've made great progress towards improving their system of identifying promising students and transitioning those students into schools that are at the appropriate level for them. While there might previously have been an issue with this, they've since adapted the system to include an intermediate level so their support achieves the greatest success for any individual student.

Donor

Rating: 5

My sister first told me about CCEd Fund, and being a NYC teacher I quickly became intersted. As I learned more about the organization and the amazing people behind it, I am inspired to work harder at my job everyday. It is difficult for me to look beyond the immediate problem of the achievement gap in our country, so I am very proud to support such an important organization that is looking to help solve a global problem.

Donor

Rating: 5

We discovered CCEdF though our daughter-in-law who who saw the plight of the poor in Cambodia, recognized the essential role of an excellent education, and decided to do something about it. CCEdF provides scholarships to children of promise who in turn will help their fellow countrymen rise up from poverty. The latest recipients were children living in a garbage dump. They were selected from a number of fine candidates. The glad news is two human beings have been given a chance to develop, to evolve, and to help others in return. The sad news is that so many could not be helped due to lack of resources. The young women who founded this charity are passionate educators who contribute their time to identify interview,and select worthy recipents. They also make presentations, maintain the website, and raise the funds to get the job done. The program has Zero overhead; ALL funds go directly to scholarships. The need is great. The program is excellent. We are glad to suppport CCEdF. Pam and Jim Leahy

Donor

Rating: 5

You're never going to find people who truly care more about the mission of their organization than the people at CCEdFund. They always continue to push the bounds and never let themselves be satisfied with just a comfortable base of students. It is amazing to see them grow the organization year after year, and I can't wait to see where they go with things in the future. Way to make a difference!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been helping at the CCEF fundraisers since they organization began and have been able to watch the transformation in these dedicated kids. They are eager to learn and Jennifer and Carrie give them that opportunity. A better education means a brighter future for these kids and for Cambodia.

Donor

Rating: 5

CCed Fund is a terrific organization. Their staff are very dedicated, caring people. They will go out of their way to help these under privledged children in any way they can. I'm proud to contribute to this cause and hope more people will too.

Donor

Rating: 5

CCedFund is a great organization. The founders are extremely dedicated to their cause. They are constantly looking for new ways to raise funds and awareness for the children of Cambodia who they hope to save from a life of poverty. Their hard work is evidenced by the Cambodian children they have already been able to provide an education for.

Donor

Rating: 5

Carrie and Jen's generosity and large hearts never cease to amaze me. Regardless that they are both very successful in their respective professions, they take a huge amount of time to make a difference in another part of the world. They are global leaders and the world would be a little less bright if these two hadn't teamed up during their time in Teach for America to bring education to a region that not many Americans think about.

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity was created because the two founders recognized the lack of educational opportunities for gifted Cambodian children. In a situation of extreme poverty, these children would otherwise have no opportunity to help advance their own situation or that of their nation. By helping to build an educated class of people in this developing nation, this charity will significantly help the development of Cambodia.

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough how impressed I am by CCEdFund. Carrie and Jennifer, the Fund's Directors, go to great lengths to ensure the children they support are excelling in their studies and attending Cambodia's best schools.