Hello CCEdFund Family!
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
Hello CCEdFund family!
As you probably have heard in the news, there has been widespread devastation in Cambodia due to the flooding in the region.
Over 200 people have died in the flooding in Cambodia after the Mekong River flooded its banks from heavy rainfall. The water has not receded and is causing illness and property devastation throughout the area. A Cambodian ambassador indicated that 15 towns have been destroyed including the roads to and around them as well as all the farm land. Fortunately, China, the U.S., and Kuwait are providing some much needed aid to help the flood victims.
We are thankful for the news that CCEdFund’s students remain safe and healthy. We will continue to check in on their safety and the progress of the cleanup efforts. The Director of one of our partner organizations sent the attached picture which has a view of the river in Siem Reap from the roof of the children’s center. For other students, access to school has been shut off due to the high waters. “1.2 million Cambodian people affected by this year’s flooding. More than 46,000 households have been displaced and 247 have died.” (IRC in Cambodia)
Somalin’s father wrote: “We are safe but it was still flooding in Siem Reap. Somalin is staying at home. Pearen and my sister take care of Somalin and Somalen because the children were playing in the water when it began flooding. Some children died in Siem Reap River.”
Students - Somalin's Update CCEdFund currently provides scholarships for twenty-two students to attend school in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh! Our schools are close partners who support students' needs to maximize their chances of academic success despite their lack of schooling before receiving scholarships.
One of our first students, Somalin, made an important transition this year. She has received a CCEdFund scholarship since 2007 when she was 3 years old because of her obvious curiosity and her parents' dedication to her education (even though they struggle to survive). She is only one of 2 CCEdFund students who lives with her family (other students live in children's centers because they were orphaned). Her father Vutha, a tuk-tuk driver is a former teacher, and devotes much of his free time to his supporting his daughter's education.
Previously, Somalin attended a school that taught in English during the day and studied Khmer with her family. This year, now a third grader, Somalin is studying in English in the morning, and in Khmer in the afternoons. We are very excited to see how her dual language curriculum progresses and we are thrilled that she has the opportunity for formalized education in both langauges. We will keep you posted as we continue to work to ensure that all of CCEdFund's students have the educational opportunities they need to be come leaders in their communities and country.
A New BlogCCEdFund has a blog! Please visit us at www.ccedfund.wordpress.com to read weekly updates on CCEdFund's students and things happening in Cambodia. If you would like to write something for us, please let us know! (email@example.com)
Giving Season GiveawayAre you considering a gift to CCEdFund this giving season? We hope so! If you are, please consider donating $15 to CCEdFund during the Giving Season Giveaway. Please visit our site www.ccedfund.org and click there to donate $15 and help CCEdFund have a chance to win $5,000 by December 31st!
Thank you so very much for your continued support of our students. From everyone at CCEdFund, we wish you a joyful holiday season this year!
We look forward to being in touch soon with more updates on CCEdFund's inspiring students.
Happy August from CCEdFund:
The new school year has begun in Cambodia!
We are off to an exciting start with our students in schools in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. CCEdFund provides scholarships to Cambodia's future leaders and these students have survived growing up on a garbage dump, being orphaned and impoverished, or being trafficked. Despite all of these obstacles, our students finished the last school year near or at the tops of their classes (!) at exceptional schools because of your continued support. Over the summer, instead of taking well-deserved breaks from studies, our students continued to seek out experiences and opportunities to continue to learn. For example, Kouch sought out tutoring for her math studies and Somalin worked with a teacher on her Khmer reading and writing.
We have even more exciting news - we have many new scholarship nominees from our partners who look like excellent candidates for CCEdFund scholarships. We love receiving and reviewing scholarship applications to find those ambitious students who will change Cambodia. However, we will not grant scholarships unless we can support the students through the completion of their studies.
Even though the school year began 3 days ago, we hope you will consider supporting additional students with CCEdFund this year through a monthly donation. Though the tuition costs vary by student level and school, generally a $25/month donation for 12 months will support the scholarship of one of our students this year. Will you please consider helping again this year so that we can send great news to some of our applicants?
We look forward to writing again soon with news about our students' progress in the first quarter!
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