Cambodian Children's Fund
2461 Santa Monica Blvd., #833
Lani Smith, Kevin Schoeler, Warren Share, Channoeurn Kram, Muffy DiSabatino, Heather Graham, Lily Kanter, Paul Saunders, Gary Strumeyer, Jeanine Braithwaite, Caroline Ryan, Andy DiSabatino, Seane Corn, Scott Neeson, Robert Tufts, Sopheak Morm, David Ryan
Our mission is to break cycles of poverty and abuse and to create positive change in Cambodia through intervention and education for the most impoverished and underserved Cambodian children and their families.
Education: Nearly 800 children are enrolled in CCF's residential and non-residential education programs. CCF's four residential education facilities provide an intensive academic curriculum incorporating Cambodian and Western education sources. In conjunction with CCF's curriculum in English, computers and the arts, students are integrated into the Cambodian Public School system for courses in Khmer reading and writing, math and science.
Healthcare: In December 2010, CCF opened the doors to their new four-room Community Medical Clinic. The clinic treats as many as 1,100 patients each month and is the only one of its kind in Cambodia - serving Cambodians of all ages, regardless of their ailments. On any given month, doctors and nurses at CCF's Community Medical Clinic treats patient who are homeless, live in modest huts and precarious tenements surrounding the Steung Meanchey garbage dump with no access to modern sanitation. CCF treats patients for free and serves those living in extreme poverty with quality care and compassion.
Childcare: The CCF Community Child Care Center is designed to bring 2 - 6 year old children out of impoverished and high-risk conditions into a nurturing environment. More than 80 children born into poverty are currently enrolled in CCF's non-residential daycare center where they can develop essential early cognitive, fine and gross motor skills, which are essential for success in school. Qualified staff provides a caring and stimulating environment where creativity is nurtured through the arts (painting and drawing), motor skills are developed through active play (dancing, skipping and swinging) and language skills are learned (instruction is provided in both Khmer and English). In the face of myriad family and external challenges, CCF preschool children show remarkable resiliency, determination and joy. All preschool students are guaranteed a spot in CCF's kindergarten program upon successful matriculation.
Community Outreach: Cambodian Children's Fund's Community Outreach programs are based on the principle that in order for its students to heal and reach their optimal potential, they must remain connected to their families and communities. CCF extends a hand to the parents and families of children enrolled in their education programs as well as to families living in the Steung Meanchey landfill district. By investing in the community, CCF hopes to establish a sense of community pride and responsibility.
Vocational Training: CCF's EnGender program employs 47 devoted CCF mothers who make their signature Srey Mean Chey bags. A vast majority of these women are abuse survivors with limited education. The EnGender program not only educates these women on human rights and self-advocacy, but has also empowered a cadre of women in the community with the skills and knowledge to provide for their families and to educate their neighbors about their rights and available resources. Within this program, mothers receive paid, hands on training as seamstresses; they also have free healthcare, sick leave, monthly rice benefits and performance bonuses. They also participate in discussion groups that address issues of domestic violence and substance abuse. The program is on track for becoming financially self-sustaining through the sale of bags in the current fiscal year.
CCF's Star Bakery opened in November 2006 to offer residential education students top-level training in professional level bread and pastry-making within an environment that conformed to international hygiene standards. Today the Bakery focuses on training 18 to 25 year old young men - the group at highest risk for becoming abusers and gang members. By making cookies and cakes for commercial sale and catering, these young men participate in a real business model that will help them transition to sales and management roles. Star Bakery apprentices also produce nutritionally-fortified bread to be distributed to Steung Meanchey families as part of our Community Outreach program. 100% of CCF's Vocational Training graduates have been placed in paid jobs in commercial restaurants and bakeries in Phnom Penh.