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: firstname.lastname@example.org
10x10/GirlRisingIn 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 MarathonWe 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.
Warmly,Carrie and Jennifer__Cambodia's Children Education Fund, Inc.
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: http://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/gifts-for-good/detail.html?projectGift.id=95
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!
Can you believe that it is nearly the end of August? Neither can we! In Cambodia, depending on the school, the new academic year begins between early August and early September. This means that many of our students are back at school! With your continued support, they are able to access educational opportunities that are preparing them to peacefully lead Cambodia in the future. CCEdFund provides scholarships for impoverished or orphaned Cambodian students to attend exceptional schools.
Recently, two CCEdFund Board Members visited all of our partner schools, children’s centers, and families. We will stick to a few updates here but if you want the full report, please visit our website in a week (www.ccedfund.org). Despite an influx of development capital and aid, Cambodia remains a very difficult place for a child growing up in poverty. With over 40% of the population under the age of 18 and the public school system still suffering from a prolonged civil war, it is not uncommon for children to work, beg, or be sold instead of go to school. CCEdFund works to combat this by providing full scholarships to students who would have no other access to school.
In Phnom Penh, CCEdFund supports students living in a children’s center after being rescued from scavenging on a large dump for recyclable goods to resell for pittance. Khouch is one of our students there who is starting tenth grade at a new partner school this year as she studies to become a veterinarian. Sokha, entering grade nine, spent her holiday teaching other children at her home as she pursues her goals to become a teacher and a social worker. Despite traveling abroad, Sokha remains dedicated to improving her country to provide more opportunities for children growing up in poverty. Finally, CCEdFund is working with a new partner organization that is pioneering efforts to support communities and families in extreme poverty. We are eager to keep you posted about nominations from this organization!
In Siem Reap, CCEdFund’s students come from a variety of backgrounds but they have in common that they are now studying to become leaders because of a scholarship. Some students live with their families, some live at home with support from a center, and others live in children’s centers. All of CCEdFund’s partners are fully vetted organizations that do not engage in any orphanage tourism and put the needs of the children above all else. In order to support the learning needs of our children, CCEdFund works to locate the best partner schools for each student so that all students have access to full Khmer (Cambodian) and English curricula. In fact, we are working on new partnership with another school that is using child-centered approaches to learning.
In the U.S., for the first time, CCEdFund has a team of runners participating in the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28th. They are raising funds to send our amazing students to school. If you want to support them, please visit here: http://www.active.com/donate/ccedfund
Stay in touch, and until next time!CCEdFund
Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Cambodia:
On March 21, Alexis and I visited Cambodian Children’s Education Fund scholarship recipients’ schools, and we had dinner with a recipient family of CCEF’s scholarship program.
The first stop was New York International School in Siem Reap, Cambodia where 12 students are being sponsored by CCEF. Alexis and I were able to observe a class with some of the sponsored students and then meet with the staff and principal. The school has grades kindergarten through 12th grade. We asked what the difference is between the public and private schools and the staff explained: security, holding students accountable (for example when they are absent the school calls the parents), and number of students per teacher and class. The students were getting more 1-on-1 support and courses in both English and Khmer (the local language). Later in the day, we visited Sunrise Children's Village where CCEF sponsors 10 students.
That night we had dinner with Somalin, the first scholarship recipient, and her family. Somalin, received a full scholarship since she was 3 to attend private school, and now has amazing English skills. Her dad often stopped to ask her how to say a word. Her dad said that she is determined to do well, doing more homework than is required and studying more than necessary every night. Somalin’s father is a tuktuk driver – a common form of transportation in Cambodia. Because of her education, her father now learned English too, and they both teach the whole family at home. Her dad also stays up late to help her with homework and says sometimes he has to keep the dictionary out to be able to complete it with her when it is very difficult.
Somalin’s education has installed the importance of education in their family. She was the first to receive formal schooling, formal English, and math training. It was incredible and inspiring to meet the children who can afford to go to school now, receive an education, and contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty.
We can hardly believe that we are half way through March and that the end of the 2011-2012 academic year is around the corner. With your support, we were able to send twenty-two amazing but impoverished Cambodian students to school this year in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia!
Currently, GlobalGiving's representatives are visiting CCEdFund's partner schools and children's centers to learn more about our amazing students and where they study. They have promised a full report on the teaching and learning that they see, but in the meantime, we thought we would catch up with you.
We have had an incredible academic year that began with a new partnership in Siem Reap. The New York International School is now where twelve CCEdFund scholarship recipients are studying a full Khmer curriculum in addition to lessons in English. We are eager to evaluate this partnership this year and we will keep you posted. In Phnom Penh, our four students at Beltei continue to rank in the tops of their classes for grade six. Pon, one of our newest scholarship recipients, is thriving in her new school funded by a CCEdFund scholarship. With your support, we hope to provide four additional scholarships next year. However, we only provide scholarships when we are financially certain that we can assist the student through the completion of his/her level of study.
Marine Corps Marathon: Washington, DC - October 28, 2012Have you always secretly wanted to finish a marathon? Are you a regular marathoner? Want to run to help send an impoverished child to school this year?You are in luck! CCEdFund is a Charity Partner with the Marine Corps Marathon for the first time this year! We have twenty-five guaranteed entries into this sold-out marathon that is the most popular marathon in the U.S.! If you are interested in learning more and/or running with our team, please visit us here: www.ccedfund.org.We are asking that runners raise a minimum of $500 to provide a scholarship to one of CCEdFund's amazing students.
In the meantime, thank you so very much for your continued support. We look forward to keeping you posted about our students' successes and challenges in the future.
Warm regards,Carrie and Jennifer
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