Inside Steung Meanchey – a walk through our communities with Scott Neeson

30/12/2016

Almost every night Scott Neeson is in Phnom Penh he spends time walking around our local communities. It’s a chance to listen to the families and the children we work with, offering support and encouragement. It’s also an opportunity to see first hand the real and changing problems people in Steung Meanchey face, problems CCF…

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Transformation Tuesday: Chanthou

14/12/2016

“I don’t think I’d know my parents’ faces if I saw them on the street today. When I was little we were a family but then they got divorced and my father didn’t care about me. He took me to live with my uncle in the provinces, and I haven’t seen either of my parents…

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Community Outreach: improving life for families in Steung Meanchey

01/12/2016

“This is Vicheka. She was the first case I ever took on, 3 years ago. She had a very bad situation back then,” says Hoin, CCF’s community outreach manager, as he talks to a smiling young girl of 7. “Her mother only cared about her new boyfriend, so she lived with her grandmother. But the…

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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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Sattya’s marathon dream comes true

25/11/2016

“It’s been my dream to run a marathon since I was little and saw one on a TV, but I never thought it would happen,” says Sattya, now a friendly and confident young man of 19, in his excellent English. “When I was 4 my family were robbed and lost everything. Between the ages of…

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Transformation Tuesday: Srey Pov

23/11/2016

“I found this photograph recently. It was the first photo ever taken of my family – we dressed up and went to the pagoda to get it. I was about 8, I’m the one with short hair. But though we look happy, we weren’t really. My father was always away from home trying to earn…

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A marathon effort

10/11/2016

Soursdey (hello)! We are Sattya, Norain, Srey Pov, Sophea, Srey Nak, Bunthing, Sing and Sopheanea. We are a team of 8 young Cambodians (and our English coach, Jaime) running the Angkor Wat Half Marathon on behalf of Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF). 7 of us come from poor families who couldn’t afford to send us to…

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Transformation Tuesday: Lita

“See the house behind me? I live there with my family. That’s my little sister, but she’s too shy to come down. We didn’t always have a nice house like this. When I was young we lived in a village in the country, and my mother worked long hours every day as a scavenger. There…

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Transformation Tuesday: Leaving Phnom Penh

03/11/2016

“For me, right now, it is enough – but I want more for my children,” Phan Bopha. This quote sums up the dreams of many Cambodian mothers, but through sheer determination and hard work, Bopha and her husband have taken themselves from near destitution to an independent life in a new home in the countryside.…

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Transformation Tuesday: Lika

26/10/2016

“My parents moved to Steung Meanchey before I was born to work in construction, because they couldn’t survive on the money from the rice harvest in their village in the countryside. Construction was hard work but not well paid, and they didn’t have a home so they slept at different construction sites, always moving. “My…

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Safe at last… now the hard work begins

21/10/2016

These two brothers, just 4 and 5, were found abandoned a few days ago, clinging to each other amidst the danger and filth of a garbage dump. It was like stepping back into a much bleaker time, when the Steung Meanchey landfill was still open and finding deserted children was far more common. When that…

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Transformation Tuesday: Srey Rath

18/10/2016

Many of us will remember the excitement of trying on a school uniform for the first time, but for our new students at CCF it can mean so much more. It’s often the moment it hits home that their dream of getting an education is actually going to happen – a dream that their parents…

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