Scott Neeson’s story, as seen in the media


Scott Neeson has recently returned from three weeks abroad – a whirlwind of fundraising events and meetings with sponsors, donors and supporters. During that time, he was asked on several occasions about his life story. After all, what could have possibly convinced a Hollywood executive to give up an attractive salary and lifestyle in order…

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Stepping up: how our student leaders help Cambodia’s rural poor


It is easy to underestimate the power of a new pair of shoes. Since 2009, CCF has been in partnership with global company and success story TOMS, and through their Giving Program has distributed over 200,000 pairs of shoes to Cambodian children and families. The idea behind the programme is simple – for every TOMS…

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100 Women and the Child Protection Unit: A unique partnership


In Cambodia, many children are vulnerable to abuse. We can’t always stop it, but we can make sure that when it happens they are treated with the sensitivity and care they desperately need. Thanks to an unique partnership between philanthropy and empowerment organisation 100 Women and the Child Protection Unit, 22 exceptional women recently participated…

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Cambodian street pickers turn waste into survival profits


Article originally published by Jack Board on the Channel NewsAsia website.   PHNOM PENH: On any typical night around the heaving bars full of tourists and female workers, street pickers lurk in the shadows. They are children, their parents and the elderly. They are grimy, hungry and desperate. Phon Sophana is one of them. He…

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Efforts to reform child sector slowed by lack of resources

Article originally published by Sonia Kohlbacher on the Cambodia Daily website.   After completing the first phase of a sweeping plan to register and regulate the country’s orphanages and work toward returning more children to a family setting, the Ministry of Social Affairs says it is hamstrung by a lack of funding, staff and options for…

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At CCF, the fight against malnutrition continues


“Child nutrition still lagging in Cambodia,” ran the headline on the front page of the Phnom Penh Post two weeks ago. Given that malnutrition still contributes to approximately 45% of child deaths in Cambodia, this depressingly familiar headline should worry everyone. In fact, it’s the reason that we’ve just opened the latest outpost in our community-wide…

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Supporting a community in crisis


It’s hard to see the bright side of a situation as heartbreaking as the fire which devastated a Steung Meanchey village earlier this week. Over 100 families have lost their homes and few belongings and face an uncertain future. And yet there is always hope if you want to look for it. It’s there in the…

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CCF given perfect rating by Charity Navigator


For the first time ever, Cambodian Children’s Fund has been awarded a perfect 100% by Charity Navigator, the leading independent watchdog for non-profits. Charity Navigator rates organisations on their financial responsibility, their transparency and their governance. While we have been one of their top rated charities for seven years, this is the first time we have achieved…

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Investments Not Handouts: Breaking Families Out Of The Poverty Trap


Cambodian Children’s Fund doesn’t give handouts, we invest – in people, families and communities. We are always looking for new ways to tackle the problems our communities face, and creative ways to break families out of poverty traps that might otherwise last for generations. However, we only fund projects that we know will generate a…

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Safe Havens For The Vulnerable Children Of Scavengers


The notorious garbage dump of Steung Meanchey might have gone, but life here remains hard, and this community remains the main entry point for the poorest Cambodians moving to Phnom Penh from the countryside. Desperately looking for jobs but lacking skills, they often resort to scavenging, a hard life which leaves many children vulnerable. Scavenging means leaving…

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‘Buddhism for Education of Cambodia’ Monks visit CCF


The monks from Buddhism for Education of Cambodia (BEC) visited CCF last week and spoke to several hundred of our community members, including the children, parents and grandparents. Some of Cambodia’s most respected monks spoke to community members about how to live with respect, peace and dignity, as well as the kindness and grace of parents.…

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