Cambodia Children’s Fund Celebrates International Children’s Day

This is the email  article, slightly abbreviated,  from our family member whose former boss, Scott Neeson,  started the Cambodia Children’s Fund. This email is a letter from Scott on Universal Children’s Day, which was June 1st. This email was sent the day after. This is the first I knew about International Children’s Day, so I apologize for the delay in posting it earlier.  There will be some bleeding on the right hand side because Scott’s blog is a different format from Word Press. es

It’s been a busy few months at CCF – here’s an update on what’s
been going on in Phnom Penh!

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Yesterday (June 1st) was International Children’s Day,
a time for celebrating thepotential of young people. That
potential is perfectly illustrated by the photograph above,
which shows one CCF student’s joy at collecting her
“best student of the year” award.

What makes her achievement all the more remarkable is that just
a few years ago she had never been to school at all because her
family was so impoverished.
“I always dreamt that I could sit in a classroom
one day but it never came true.”

Now it has, and that was the beginning of a new journey.

Yesterday also happened to be the day that Charity Navigator gave CCF a perfect
score forfinancial responsibility and transparency for the first time – something

achieved by just 50 other charities out of 8000 rated by this leading independent

All in all, it seems a good time to update you on what’s been happening at Cambodian
Children’s Fund over the last few months. Here are a few of our favourite success stories,
whittled down from hundreds.  All of them had one thing in common – they couldn’t have
happened without  your support.

Thank you.


We want you to know that your money is being spent as prudently as possible, every cent invested carefully in creating real change for the children and the communities you have chosen to support. That’s why we work so hard to keep our administration and fundraising costs minimal, and to be transparent in all our dealings. We were delighted when this was recognized yesterday, when the independent watchdog Charity Navigator announced its latest ratings of major NGOs across the world. This independent assessment of financial responsibility and transparency gave CCF the highest possible score, moving us from a 99% financial rating to 100% and giving us a 100% rating overall. Just 51 out of the 8,000 charities rated by Charity Navigator have achieved this rating, which places us in the top 0.5% of all charities. You can see our rating here or read a New York Times piece on how Charity Navigator makes its assessments here.

For 11 years, we’ve seen tiny children left alone or taken into the city at night
in rusty carts while their parents scavenged through rubbish to earn a meagre
living. It’s heartbreaking and dangerous.  Of course, we had to so something
about it,with our latest initiative being our newest childcare drop-in centre,
a lifeline forchildren and desperate parents. Watch this video on how we have
given young children a chance to work, eat, play and sleep in the safety they
deserve, or read this blog on why families end up in this difficult situation:

We know children thrive when living in a strong community and a
supportive family environment. Unfortunately some CCF students
come from circumstances which make
this impossible, sometimes
because of dangerous living conditions or because parents
have disappeared. We work hard to return children to their homes.
In 2015 alone, 104 children were re-integrated into their families.
Four years ago, Phearun and his four siblings were separated from
their parents and came to live with CCF. We worked hard to locate

Mum and Dad and help them get back on their feet, helping them
get sustainable employment and move into a clean, safe World
Housing Home. Now the  five kids have moved back into the loving
home they deserve. One of those goodbyes which is happier than it is sad.

At CCF, we closely monitor all of our activities and results
to ensure that your money really is having an impact on
the children and community you support. 2015 was another
big year at CCF as we witnessed the growth of more confident
and inspiring junior leaders, helped families move into our safe
World Housing communities, and cheered on our older CCF
students as they joined university. It would take you hours to
wade through our full report, but here are five snapshot statistics
to give you a taste of all the ways we work for our community:

  • 2,257 children studying with CCF, with a 93% public
    school pass rate
  • 152 students entering university in the upcoming
    academic year
  • 433 malnourished kids fed through our Critical
    Nutrition Program nightly
  • 180 safe, clean World Housing homes granted to
    deserving families
  • 39,768 medical treatments and consultations provided
    through the CCF Medical Clinic to families who might otherwise not get any care.

Having endured so much during Cambodia’s troubled times, our staff,
students and volunteers work hard to give these wonderful women a
little comfort and joy in their later years. Thank you to every one of
you who supported our grannies, or any other aspect of our work –
we don’t take a cent for granted.

To learn more about this wonderful organization that I trust,
because the founder is a personal friend of our family member
Ignacio, go to their official website:

Donations are always welcome!

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2 thoughts on “Cambodia Children’s Fund Celebrates International Children’s Day

  1. thanks for keeping us updated, and yes, I did know about the International Children’s Day. Sad to say
    many children in our country don’t realize how fortunate they are to learn without the impoverishment
    and enslavement in many countries.

  2. Thank you…. Did you know about Red Nose Day on May 26? ” Celebrity” needs to bring attention to the needs of children here in the U.S. and in the world…..

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