South China Morning Post: True Grit

The South China Morning Post featured CCF founder and executive director Scott Neeson – along with some of the people CCF has helped – in its latest weekend magazine. Read the article to get an in-depth look at how CCF is turning its students into leaders, while also benefiting the community as a whole.

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View the full PDF article here.

An excerpt:

Bedevilled by the decades-long legacy of Pol Pot’s “killing fields” and a subsequent civil war, millions of Cambodians continue to live in abject poverty in one of Southeast Asia’s poorest countries, where corruption and human-rights abuses are rife. Scores of children are chronically malnourished and many of them never finish primary school. Their career prospects tend to be grim: dismally paid menial work, odd jobs as domestic helpers or employment in the country’s underground sex trade.

“We want all of [CCF’s children] to go on to higher education,” says Neeson. “Forty children from the garbage dump have just started university. Hope makes a big difference. And the successes of some kids motivate the others. A 14-year-old girl I took off the garbage dump in 2006 is now studying to be a doctor.”

She now teaches leadership classes as well, at a women’s centre near the dump

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