Education Scholarships for Cambodian Trash Pickers

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,


Aug 27, 2012

CCEdFund Annual Review Update

In Phnom Penh receiving scholarship certificates!
In Phnom Penh receiving scholarship certificates!

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 (  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:

Stay in touch, and until next time!

Construction on a new partner children
Construction on a new partner children's center
Kosal in Siem Reap after school.
Kosal in Siem Reap after school.
2 scholarship recipients posing in Siem Reap.
2 scholarship recipients posing in Siem Reap.


Apr 21, 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

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.

Mar 20, 2012

News from Cambodia & Running for a Child!

Pon - a new scholarship recipient in Phnom Penh
Pon - a new scholarship recipient in Phnom Penh

Hello CCEdFund Family!

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, 2012
Have 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:
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


Cambodia's Children Education Fund, Inc.


Nov 21, 2011

CCEdFund's Students, Flooding in SE Asia, & Giving

Flooding in Siem Reap
Flooding in Siem Reap

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 Blog
CCEdFund has a blog!  Please visit us at 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!  (

Giving Season Giveaway
Are 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 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.

Warm regards,
Carrie and Jennifer

CCEdFund Giving Season
CCEdFund Giving Season


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Carrie Garber

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Old Greenwich, CT United States

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Map of Education Scholarships for Cambodian Trash Pickers