A Unique Approach

Cambodian Children’s Fund operates 65 programs across 6 core program areas as part of our comprehensive approach to community development, and while many of these programs are not education-focused, they all play an essential part in our success in providing education to many children who were once thought unreachable.

CCF’s program model is based on a simple idea. We believe that by providing a child with a high-quality education, they will be able to lift themselves and their family out of poverty._MG_5760

But to get children to go to school, and to keep them going, we need to do more than provide education. We need to address the issues and dysfunction that keep the children away.

A child will not be able to study if they are hungry or malnourished. A child cannot attend school if their family depends on them earning an income to put food on the table, or to look after siblings. Families cannot prioritise a child’s education if they have nowhere to live, have no access to healthcare or are struggling under crippling debt.

CCF operates 65 programs across 6 core program areas – Education, Leadership, Community Outreach, Healthcare, Childcare and Career and Life Skills- that are designed to address these issues, and provide families and communities with the support that they need.

We provide free healthcare, childcare, loan programs, food and nutrition programs, housing and emergency support services, and by doing so we incentivise children’s education in impoverished communities. We make sure that a mother never has to choose between sending a child to school and putting food on the table.

By addressing these barriers to education through our inter-connected programs, we can create lasting change in the most impoverished communities.

The last piece – the one that makes it all fit together – is our leadership program. We want CCF students to graduate from high-school, university or vocational training with the skills they need to secure gainful employment. But we also want more than that – we want them to be passionate, engaged young leaders that care for their community and their country. We want to transform impoverished kids into tomorrow’s leaders, who will work to transform their own communities and country.

It’s a simple idea backed up with a comprehensive program. To find out more about how each of our 6 core programs work, take a look below.

  • Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Leadership
  • Career and Life Skills
  • Healthcare
  • Childcare

Education

Education

The CCF Education Program is designed to serve as a foundation for lifelong learning, providing students with a pathway out of poverty and preparing them for the world beyond CCF.

CCF’s award-winning education program provides access to both formal and non-formal education to students from early-years learning to university.

The CCF Education Program is designed to serve as a foundation for lifelong learning, preparing students for the world beyond CCF by enabling them to demonstrate CCF core values of care, excellence, integrity, respect, leadership and teamwork.

The program has a strong focus on developing English, Khmer, mathematics, science, the arts and digital literacy skills; developing the ability to think independently and critically evaluate information; explore Cambodian culture and history, to develop a world-view and to think critically about their individual responsibility and their ability to bring about change.

As well as operating education facilities and satellite schools, CCF provides students with school uniforms, study materials and university fees and transportation. CCF works closely and directly with public schools, teachers and directors to ensure high attendance rates and academic results. With the construction of satellite schools, located in the heart of impoverished communities, CCF is providing a pathway to education for thousands of children once deemed “unreachable”.

2,295
Students

From kindergarten through to university, thousands of students are enrolled in the CCF Education Program.

96%
Retention Rate

We work hard to keep our students on track, with an annual retention rate of 96%.

79%
At university

Seventy-nine percent of our high school graduates have gone on to university.

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

From providing assistance packages to more than 3,500 families in crisis, to building hundreds of World Housing homes each year, our community outreach team work on the ground to provide assistance to people in need.

The Community Outreach Program supports communities in need and brings new hope to destitute children and families. We know that if CCF children are to fully prosper, their families must be supported. Our programs cater for their families and extended communities: from isolated, elderly men and women to the vulnerable and people stuck in a cycle of substance abuse.

The CCF Community Centre was set up in order to provide reliable care services and support for the Steung Meanchey community, and the development of satellite schools throughout impoverished communities has allowed us to extend our support services to provide for thousands of families.

Impoverished people living in the area are provided access to our community services ranging from food, shelter, fresh water, loans, healthcare, childcare, counseling and advocacy, social bonding events, housing and other necessary provisions.

3,634
Families

Received ‘support packages’ in 2014, typically including rice, clean water, bread, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, vitamins and more.

344,548
kg of rice

Was distributed to families in need in 2014, along with more than 185,000 litres of clean water every week.

360
Homes

With our partner World Housing, 360 homes were built for the most deserving CCF families in 2014

Leadership

Leadership

CCF prepares students for their future as leaders in Cambodian society and equips them with the tools, training and knowledge to make a meaningful, positive impact on their community.

CCF’s aim is to transform impoverished kids into passionate, engaged young leaders who will work to transform their own communities and country.

The Leadership program provides students with understanding of governance, human rights, gender issues, empathy, community building, communication and the key qualities of leadership. CCF prepares students for their future as leaders in Cambodian society and equips them with the tools, training and knowledge to make a meaningful, positive impact on their community.

CCF offers a range of activities within the Leadership Program to help build its young leaders, including trips to rural communities, annual intensive 3 day youth leadership camps, and community support activities such as caring for senior citizens, volunteering as classroom assistants or visiting families to advocate hygienic practices within the home. Leadership isn’t just a buzz-word for our students, it’s at the core of what we do.

750
Happy Campers

More than 750 students take part in CCF leadership camps each year.

172,230
Bowls of soup

172,230 bowls of soup were served in 2014 by student leaders.

2,000
Beneficiaries

More than 2,000 people directly benefit from the leadership program activities.

Career and Life Skills

Career and Life Skills

The Career and Life Skills Program is designed to enable young adults to complete tertiary education or vocational education and earn the skills the need to obtain and maintain gainful employment and independence.

The Career and Life Skills Program is designed to enable young adults to complete tertiary education or vocational education and earn the skills the need to obtain and maintain gainful employment and independence.

CCF aims to provide all students with a university education, but university isn’t for everyone. For students who do not want to study at university and those who do not qualify, including students who arrived at CCF too late to make the grade for university, we offer vocational training.

88
Students

Were enrolled in vocational training in 2014.

49
Graduates

Found full-time employment in 2014.

102
Businesses

Our Vocational Training team worked with more than 100 businesses to find employment and internship opportunities in 2014.

Healthcare

Healthcare

CCF provides free healthcare services to students, families and community members, including Cambodia’s only fully free medical clinic serving people of all ages.

CCF provides free healthcare services to students, families and community members, from public-health campaigns, through to medical treatments and minor surgical procedures.

The program centres around the CCF Medical Clinic, the only fully free medical clinic treating people of all ages in Cambodia, where more than 30,000 treatments are provided each year, along with regular home visits by our doctors into the community. We arrange hospital referrals as needed and treatment fees are provided accordingly.

CCF provides targeted groups with materials necessary for disease prevention, with a focus on child nutrition and improving public health. The Maternal Care Program was established in 2011 to address the high maternal death rate in Steung Meanchey,and has achieved a 0% maternal death rate across more than 700 births. CCF also operates a free dental clinic, and provides eye-care to students and community members who need it, in particular the elderly.

This approach isn’t just designed to keep families healthy, but to keep them from falling further into poverty. Many of the families CCF support fell into financial ruin after a costly medical procedure or hospital stay, with loan sharks charging 10% interest per month.

30,204
Treatments

Were provided to patients at the CCF Medical Centre in 2014.

2,234
Hospital Referrals

Were supported by CCF in 2014, from biopsies and x-rays, through to major surgeries.

2,216
Patients

Were treated at the CCF dentist in 2014.

Childcare

Childcare

From young kids in our Drop-in Daycare program, through to young adults living in transitional homes while they study at university, we provide high quality care and support to children in need.

CCF supports children who live in “absolute poverty”, as defined by the World Bank. Living around the former garbage dump, the children are at constant risk of abuse, alcoholism and hunger.  Providing the long term care and education these children so badly need and deserve requires the involvement of the family.

Very often, a child attending school means one less income for a struggling family, or no-one to care for younger siblings. The long-term benefits of education are well researched. However for a mother who lives for each day, where next week or next month have little meaning, the decision is simply whether to send your child to school or have food for the family that night.

CCF removes the burden of such a decision, ensuring that regular school attendance brings a better life – not in 3 or 5 years, but now. A number of basic services encourage school attendance, starting with the provision of subsidized rice. Our support increases in line with the family’s commitment to regular schooling, providing safe domestic situations and preventing the child from undertaking labor.

94.25%
Attendance

The daily attendance rate at CCF’s Kindergarten program.

73
Kids

Were registered in Drop-in Daycare in 2014, ensuring they receive the best quality care and supervision while their parents work.

153
Kids

Enrolled in CCF Kindergarten in 2014, giving them the best start to their education journey.