In 2016, Sharon, Noah, Eden and I visited Cambodia Children's Fund.
We spent a week in Phnom Penh volunteering and since then we have visited a few times a year and sponsor a CCF child.
We were so inspired by our first trip that both children have subsequently returned to CCF for school projects and Sharon and I are intimately involved in the organisation.
Since the Global Pandemic, the CCF community has been hit hard, as the economy has stalled, schools have not been in session and the fundraising pipelines face challenges.
For my 50th Birthday, I would like to do something meaningful and lasting and involve my friends/network. My 50th birthday wish is to support this community that desperately needs our help.
If we can meet the goal, we can fund teacher salaries and education programming including Girls in STEM, visual arts, music & dance programs and ensure much needed classroom upgrades take place which include computers.
CCF sits in the Steung Mean Chey district, which at one time was a disposal site for chemical companies, hospitals, heavy industry and was the largest environmentally toxic and dangerous environments in South East Asia. While they scavenge, children and their families were under constant threat of violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, and disease.
When we first visited in 2016, although the dump was no longer open, the area was still a draw for Cambodians below the poverty line, looking to earn a living by scavenging off the old dumpsite.
Scott Neeson founded CCF in 2004, which started with him trying to save a handful of children from this dangerous, desolate existence.
Scott's Story: (Video above)
16 years later, Scott and CCF a 501(c)(3) have retained a 4/4 star NGO rating that has changed the lives of thousands of children and their families :
Charity Navigator Rating:
CCF has developed a robust poverty reduction and community development model based on three key principles:
CCF operates over 60 intertwined project in 6 key program areas.
But challenges are on-going, and the children and community need our support. For more information or how to get involved, please check out their website or contact me:
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