Education Scholarships for Cambodian Trash Pickers

Feb 20, 2014

Finding the Right Fit - Struggling to Succeed in School


Hello CCEdFund Family!

Thank you so very much for your continued support of our students! Your generous donations allow CCEdFund to provide life-changing scholarships to students in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh Cambodia. Since impoverished students' access to public education provides rudimentary education at best, your donations help these students attend CCEdFund's private partner schools who have verifiable measures of student learning in place.

In this report, we want to share a story of challenges. Often, we describe how our students are excelling at their studies and we are proud of them since we are careful to select appropriate partner schools for our students. However, our students come from challenging backgrounds and family circumstances that present additional difficulties for students' studies. Our students have been orphaned, trafficked, scavenged for survival, and/or lived in extreme poverty.

One such student is Khouch. She is in high school in Phnom Penh on a CCEdFund scholarship. When we first reached out for your support on GlobalGiving, she was a student we often described who had survived on a large garbage dump and who showed great promise and dedication to her studies. After being nominated by the children's center where she lived and with your financial support, she was approved for a scholarship in 2010. Since then, she has studied at two different schools on a CCEdFund scholarship as we work to find the best school for her. She is a great example of how CCEdFund continuously works with each student to determine the best academic environment for their current needs and their ambitious goals.

Khouch wants to be a veterinarian. Given her nomination and academic record, she receives one of CCEdFunds most expensive scholarships at close to $5,000 per year. But, beginning with her studies at Zaman, she has struggled to excel in her studies. Though she is focused, she is a few years older than her peers in her classes since she spent years on the dump sorting through trash for recyclables. To help her catch up, the children's center and CCEdFund have provided additional support and tutors. After two years, we recognized that Zaman was not the best fit for her. In 2012, she switched to a new school to have a fresh start and to help build her self-esteem. This year, she continues at the second school but is working with the center and CCEdFund to become successful as she begins volunteering with a local vet clinic. Even though CCEFund's scholarship recipients are typically high achievers, it is important to understand that they initially struggle with academic life as they transition. CCEdFund is committed to ensuring that they have the opportunity to succeed which is why we have worked with Khouch to find the right placement for her.

Each of our students' scholarships is granted with a commitment to help them succeed. Because of your support, we are able to continue this critical work, so - THANK YOU!

We look forward to sharing more in the next few months as the 2013-2014 academic year comes to a close.



Dec 3, 2013

Giving Thanks ~ #GivingTuesday

CCEdFund Scholarship Recipients in Siem Reap
CCEdFund Scholarship Recipients in Siem Reap

Warm Thanksgiving Wishes to You!

From the CCEdFund family & scholarship recipients, we wish you the happiest of holidays and year-end festivities! We are tremendously thankful for your support these last six years and we look forward to continuing to change lives through scholarships. CCEdFund has been able to provide scholarships to ambitious but impoverished and/or orphaned Cambodian students because of your ongoing financial support.

As our previous scholarship recipients continue to attend our partner schools, we have exciting news: we are considering a new nominating partner organization in a rural area outside of Siem Reap. This school provides full scholarships to children through twelfth grade and they would like to nominate some of their graduating students for CCEdFund scholarships to universities. We look forward to sharing more details about this new opportunity to provide educational access for impoverished students!

In this season, we wanted to share with you that we will be participating in #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving to give back after a day of giving thanks and getting deals.

Please join us this #GIVINGTUESDAY - December 3rd! If you give on that day, your gift will go much further than usual!

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We look forward to sharing more updates from Cambodia in two weeks about our students when another round of site visits has been completed but in the meantime, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your help to provide life-changing scholarships for our students.

CCEdFund Family


Jul 29, 2013

Annual Visits to Partners 2013

Somalin Showing Off Her Certificate
Somalin Showing Off Her Certificate

Hello CCEdFund Family!

Our apologies for a bit of delay with this report but we have been doing our annual partner visits and since we are wrapping the up, we wanted to share some highlights and some pictures! Jessica Garber, one of our longest-serving volunteers/leaders, has been in Cambodia for 5 weeks and visited our partner schools, partner children's centers, families, and a few nominated students. We are thrilled to share some of her notes on a few of our students:

Somalin - Grade 3, Siem Reap
"Somalin is doing very well. She is a happy, growing big sister who is very excited to welcome her new baby brother in a few months. Her English comprehension and speaking skills are excellent, as she was able to maintain a conversation and relate stories to me over a 10 minute period with ease. Her ability to write Khmer very clear and fluent, and she was able to give me a number of demonstrations of her writing and reading ability through reading a short story and writing a couple sentences that her father made only minor corrections to. She scored very well in her reading, writing and speaking skills in English, and her Khmer classes are going well as well. So the dual enrollment in both New York School and ISSR appear to be serving her needs very well."

Khouch, Sreyheng, Channa, & Tony - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
"I was able to spend time with Sreyheng, Tony, Channa, and Kouch. Each of them likes their current schools and wishes to continue in their studies. Kouch really likes studying at ICS International School and would like to finish her schooling there before going to university." These girls are attending different partner schools in Phnom Penh and are in middle or high school. Their academic records show continued progress and determination to complete their studies.

We will keep you posted as we evaluate nominated students and work with partner schools to find the best fits for their goals and abilities.

Have a wonderful rest of the summer! It is almost back to school time....

Warm regards,
Carrie and Jennifer

Florida School Scholarship Recipients
Florida School Scholarship Recipients
CCEdFund Nominated Student
CCEdFund Nominated Student
Apr 4, 2013

A Extraordinary Story


Hello CCEdFund Family!

Thank you so very much for your continued support! We continue to provide scholarships to amazing but impoverished Cambodian students to attend school. It is hard to believe, but we have been providing scholarships for over five years! So much has changed in Cambodia since we started our urgent work, but so much has remained the same for the nation's poorest children. Despite an influx of development capital, the reality remains that the pooret students have no access to education. So, please be confident that your donations to CCEdFund are making a real impact in students' lives and that your dollars are used directly for scholarships.

In Cambodia, our students continue their Khmer and English studies at our partner schools. With over six partner schools, we are proud to report that we continue to provide scholarships for students to attend their perfect fit school. Are you interested in learning more about our schools, volunteering for one of our initiatives, or getting involved in other ways? Stay in touch: 

In the past, we have shared stories about our students and their struggles.  As you may recall, we shared a story about Sokha who grew up on a garbage dump. We were so amazed by her when we met her in 2008 outside of Phnom Penh in a shelter that rescued her from the dump. Now, her extraordinary story of survival growing up in poverty, moving to a children's center, and receiving a CCEdFund scholarship is being shared globally in a new documentary called Girl Rising. We highly encourage you to go see the film, continue donating to support her scholarship, and share her story with friends. In fact, you are able to host a screening of the film through Gathr if you want to get others together who care about girls' access to education too.

Marine Corps Marathon
We are thrilled to share that CCEdFund is again a charity partner with the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC this October. Are you a marathon runner? Are you someone looking to do an amazing first marathon? We want YOU! Join our team to help send amazing kids like Sokha to school! We have 25 guaranteed spots in this race which sold out (again!) in under 3 hours. You train and raise $650 and then run in an inspiring race in our nation's capital.

Be well until we write again and stay in touch! We love hearing your suggestions, thoughts, and stories with us about expanding access to education for our world's children.

Carrie and Jennifer

Cambodia's Children Education Fund, Inc.

Somalin 2012-2013
Somalin 2012-2013


Nov 29, 2012

New Student Profile and Happy Holidays!!

Vattana with her scholarship certificate!
Vattana with her scholarship certificate!

From our family to yours, we send the warmest wishes for a happy holiday season!  This year,on GlobalGiving, CCEdFund is participating in Gifts for Good as a way to continue supporting our students and to help you in finding unique and beautiful gifts for your loved ones.  Thank you for your support again this year!  Take a peek at our Gifts for Good page:

CCEdFund provides scholarships for impoverished and orphaned Cambodian students to attend exceptional schools in their communities.  In five years, from two initial students, CCEdFund now supports twenty-two amibitious students as they seek to rebuild their country through education. Your support is changing their lives!

One of CCEdFund's new students, Vattana, in Siem Reap is profiled below.
Vattana is 13 years old and was abandoned by her father after her mother passed away in a boating accident when Vattana was an infant.  However, she is incredibly resilient and determined to help others as a doctor and so she has pursued her studies with great passion. CCEdFund is thrilled to help her study in both Khmer and English at two exceptional schools.   According to her nomination: "Vattana is very kind, clever and friendly and punctual.  She studies hard. She always helps to look after her brothers and sisters. She respects people and attends activities in Sunrise. She is talented in Khmer traditional dancing."

We look forward to sharing her academic updates with you as the year progresses. In the meantime, we wish you all the best for a happy end-of-year holiday season!

Warm wishes,


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Project Leader

Carrie Garber

Director, Vice-President/Treasurer
Old Greenwich, CT United States

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Map of Education Scholarships for Cambodian Trash Pickers