Education Scholarships for Cambodian Trash Pickers

by 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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Cambodia's Children Education Fund, Inc.

Location: Old Greenwich, CT - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Cambodia's Children Education Fund, Inc.
Project Leader:
Carrie Garber
Director, Vice-President/Treasurer
Old Greenwich, CT United States

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