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