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.
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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!
Dear CCEdFund Family on GlobalGiving,
We write for 2 reasons this month: 1) to update you about CCEdFund's students in Phnom Penh and their commitment to academic success and improving Cambodia; and 2) to ask you to help CCEdFund win $2,000 in the Recurring (monthly) Donations Campaign on GlobalGiving. Will you make a monthly commitment (of $10) to the success of amazing students in Cambodia?
First, Kouch and Sokha have successfully finished mid-term exams in Phnom Penh and they are preparing to finish their school year! As you know, these girls grew up on a massive garbage dump outside of Phnom Penh and were given CCEdFund scholarships because of their commitments to education and ambitious goals for Cambodia. Despite the 30+ year civil war that ravaged their country after the Khmer Rouge were toppled, these girls firmly believe that they can help redevelop their country and lift it out of poverty peacefully. We are confident that they can do it. First, they are getting through school. Sokha, near the top of her 7th grade class, recently was selected to travel to the United States with the 10x10 movie about girls' access to education in the developing world! While in the U.S., she had a life changing trip and met national leaders including Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton. Though she is only in 7th grade, she is learning the skills she will need to lead Cambodia in the future. Kouch is in eighth grade and is successfully overcoming the challenges associated with attending an exceptional school after no previous access to education. She remains determined, seeks additional help constantly, and loves her biology class the most. She is eager to begin high school next year and she has found 2 teacher mentors at her school.
These two girls, who had little hope of attending school (much less one of the best schools in Phnom Penh) before receiving a CCEdFund scholarship, are now on the road to fulfilling their dreams for a peaceful Cambodia. Their commitment to their studies and their country is inspiring.
We hope that you too will make a commitment to their studies during GlobalGiving's Recurring Donations campaign this month (May). Will you please consider making a monthly donation to CCEdFund today? Giving $10 a month and making a 12-month commitment will support these students and continue to transform their life paths. You will also be helping CCEdFund compete to win an additional $2,000 (!!) for getting the most individuals to commit to monthly donations. Please make your commitment here today!
Thank you so very much for your support to providing educational access to impoverished and orphaned Cambodian students. You can follow CCEdFund's progress on the GlobalGiving leaderboard here!
Carrie and Jennifer
I hope all is well! I am excited to give you an update on our students’ progress in the last few months. Recently, Jessica (my sister) and I recently traveled to Cambodia to visit our schools, students, and potential new partners. This update has plenty of pictures of our inspiring students. Our trip was an inspiring reminder of the power of providing scholarships for impoverished and orphaned Cambodian students – they are dreaming of achieving amazing things for Cambodia because they now have the opportunity to develop skills to become leaders. All 22 of our students have the potential to dramatically improve Cambodia when they finish their studies.
In Phnom Penh, CCEdFund is funding scholarships for 6 students, who formerly lived on a trash dump, to attend three different schools. Sokha and Kuch are in middle school at an excellent international private school where they have skyrocketed to the tops of their classes, but only due to their grueling self-designed study schedules. When we visited each day during our trip, Jessica and I worked with both students who were mastering their subjects and telling us about their dreams when they graduate from high school (going to university, etc.). In fact, Sokha will be featured in a film called 10x10 about the power of educating girls! CCEdFund is extremely proud to be sponsoring one of the girls who is a part of this film project. Four other students attend a Cambodian-run private elementary school in Phnom Penh where they are preparing for middle school. Against the odds, they too have risen to the tops of their classes (2, 5, 8, and 24th).
In Siem Reap, CCEdFund continues to provide scholarships to 16 students. Twelve students are enrolled in language and literacy school where they are learning the skills necessary to then begin studying more substance. They are excelling faster than we anticipated and many will be able to switch to a more challenging school next year. The three second graders who we support (Somalin, Raksa, and Kosal) are eager leaders in their class. Their teacher, Ms. Judy, attributes their progress this year to comfort with their small class size, curiosity, and the support of their homes. Vatey, the fourth student at the private international school in Siem Reap, leads her middle school class by example with study habits that make you believe she will be the architect she dreams of becoming.
Thank you very much for your continued support of CCEdFund’s urgent work. As we sketch our plans for the 2011-2012 school year, your generosity will allow us to reach even more impoverished and orphaned Cambodian students who, now given the opportunity to study, will be ready to become Cambodia’s leaders.
With kind regards and sincerest thanks, Carrie
Dear CCEdFund Family,
You may have recently read in the news about the tragedy in Phnom Penh during the Water Festival. CCEdFund sends our deepest sympathies to the victims. We are thankful that none of our students were among those injured during the tragedy. Fortunately, CCEdFund students who live in Phnom Penh live at ANDC where they were required to return by 5pm that day when they were all accounted for by the Director.
CCEdFund's Students Update
As you probably know, CCEdFund is providing scholarships for 22 students to attend school this year! This unprecedented growth in the provision of scholarships (from 6 scholarships last year) is due entirely to your support a year ago during the Challenge and subsequent fundraising. We will reach out to you in the near future regarding end of year giving so that we can continue to support these students as well as even more in the upcoming year. You are positively changing students’ lives in Cambodia by providing access to education. You also helped us raise an additional scholarship during the Give More, Get More campaign! We are constantly humbled by your generosity.
In a recent letter from 2 of CCEdFund’s new scholarship recipients, Channa and Tony, who are studying at Beltei as fifth graders, we learned that they excelling in their classes. They write that they are studying diligently and that they are eager to receive teacher evaluations at the end of this quarter. Earlier in this year, Chin, another student in fifth grade in Phnom Penh, wrote that she is third in her class after the first quarter!
In Siem Reap, our students are excelling in their music lessons. CCEdFund made the decision to explore music education with four students to promote critical thinking development. A music teacher is providing weekly guitar lessons to Kosal, and he is showing success in other subjects since beginning his lessons. Then, CCEdFund reached out to a piano teacher who is now teaching music to three other CCEdFund students at ISSR who are similarly benefitting from the experiences. Through music, our students are learning to master substantive subject areas and developing self confidence.
Thank you very much for you continued generous support for CCEdFund’s amazing students, especially during this difficult economic climate. We will be in touch in the next months to update you on the students’ mid-year progress reports. Everyone at CCEdFund wishes you the happiest of holiday seasons!
Carrie & Jennifer
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