Buy a Bus for Cambodian Students

$800 $19,200
Raised Remaining


On the surface, buying a bus might seem like a luxury. Recently, it has become a necessity for the Cambodian Children's Fund. CCF was founded in Steung Meanchey, formerly Phnom Penh's largest & only garbage dump and home to thousands of Cambodia's most destitute residents. In 2004, CCF's initial year, there were 84 children enrolled in our programs. Now, there are over 1,400 students! To ensure their safety and continued success, a bus program is paramount.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The number one reason students at CCF drop out of our programs is not lack of motivation, but rather a lack of transportation to and from school. CCF has grown from 87 students in 2004 to currently over 1,400. This has placed an unprecedented burden on our transportation needs. For the children of the Steung Meanchey area, education is their lifeline out of poverty - making access to transportation an essential part of providing a successful education to the children.

How will this project solve this problem?

The Buy a Bus Project will ensure that every CCF student has safe, reliable transportation & equal access to our array of programs. In addition to daily transportation to & from school, buses are needed for leadership camps, study tours at universities, food and shoe distributions, visits home during special occasions, and other activities. These are vital aspects of our ultimate goal of converting Cambodia's most impoverished children into tomorrow's leaders.

Potential Long Term Impact

Since the lack of transportation is the number one reason our students leave CCF, this project will lead to higher retention rates and ensure that every child with the desire to learn will have the opportunity to succeed and move into a better life. Having a fleet of buses will allow CCF the flexibility of reaching out to thousands of children in the provinces surrounding Phnom Penh and throughout Cambodia - often times these are the children that can best be helped by the programs we offer.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $800

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $800 .  The original project funding goal was $20,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Lani Christine Smith

Director of Operations
Santa Monica, California United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Buy a Bus for Cambodian Students