“Smey exemplifies so much about CCF’s work. She allows us to look beyond simple charity and the obligation to help the less fortunate. The total Return on Investment surpasses any monetary measure. With Smey’s transformation, through university, through leadership training and a community give-back program, we have not only profoundly changed the course of her life: her family has a better, more meaningful life. Smey’s own children will never endure the same neglect and poverty, and with that, a generation has been changed.
“CCF’s role was never to instill Smey with compassion or leadership. She always had these qualities, buried away like a dormant seed. We simply help them find daylight.”
I never had a new school uniform to wear like other kids.Luckily, in November 2005, I met Papa Scott [Scott Neeson] when he went to visit my neighbour, a former CCF kid. I asked Papa Scott if he would accept me to CCF because I wanted to study and my family is very poor. I was accepted and became a CCF child. My family was so happy, especially my mother. She smiled with a tear. A year later, my fifth sister, Kalika, was accepted by CCF. She joined the vocational training and became a member of CCF staff in 2009. She worked with the MCP team (Maternal Care Program) for eight years. She now has her own business and children. After I joined CCF, my life completely changed. CCF enrolled me to study English and computers, and I got a chance to learn things like painting, art and Karate. I am very happy and grateful to CCF for providing us with a safe and enjoyable environment, food transportation, school supplies, healthcare, dental service and interesting programs such as Leadership, the Food Program and mentorship. I was lucky enough to have sponsors through CCF, who supported me. My first sponsor was very kind and loved me as her own family. She came to visit me in 2007 and my sponsor’s daughter, my friends and I played hide and seek. It was fun. I miss that time. My second sponsor visited in 2012. She supported me until I graduated. I am very grateful to her. I am very lucky to have known her and for her to have been part of my life.
I have been a CCF staff member since 2016. I work as a Sponsorship Administrator and really love my job and my team. I get support, care, love and good advice from my bosses and team. My colleagues and CCF staff are like my brothers and sisters because they always encourage, provide good advice, share their experience and love me as their family. If I had not joined CCF, I don’t know what my life would be like. I might be working in a factory or married at a young age. Before, I never thought I would be able to attend university as my family could not afford my study fees. But after I joined CCF, my life changed remarkably. I graduated with a degree in English Communication in 2017. CCF, my family, friends and Papa Scott were very proud of me. They are happy that I am successful and have a bright future. I’m so happy as well that my dream came true and I am grateful to CCF for making my wish from a young age happen. Now I have a good job and live by myself. I support my family when they need me, like paying for medicine for my brother or if my sister needs help. Being the youngest, I am the glue that connects everyone in the family. I have three goals for my future. My first goal is to study abroad; my second goal is to set up my own business; and the last goal is that I wish to carry on helping CCF and the kids. I hope my dreams come true and that I never give up on my big goals. I would like to thank CCF, sponsors, donors and staff, and especially Papa Scott for giving me new hope.” Reaksmey