WHO WE ARE
Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF) is a not-for-profit international organization registered in the state of California and operating entirely within the Kingdom of Cambodia. In a society as broken as Cambodia, the role of education and leadership building is critical. CCF is committed to each child for life, beginning with daycare services at age two, expanding to residential education programs at age six and continuing with transitional programs and workforce placements after a child turns 18. By creating opportunities for leadership and self-expression, CCF's teachings are naturally integrated with the students' knowledge of their society's opportunities, sensitivities and limitations.
Our mission is to break cycles of poverty and abuse and to create positive change in Cambodia through intervention and education for the most impoverished and underserved children and their families. Originally developed as a single shelter offering safe haven to 45 children in critical need, today CCF offers refuge, education and healthcare to over 450 children across five separate facilities with comprehensive care and dedicated staff.
Over two-thirds of CCF's students once lived and worked in Steung Meanchey, the largest landfill of its kind in Southeast Asia. Extreme desperation has driven an estimated 1,200 families to live at this toxic landfill, many of them burdened by profound debt and disease.
As the dumpsite for chemical companies, hospitals and industry, it is one of the most dangerous and hazardous environments in the world – yet every day families and their children pick through the garbage for scraps of plastic and metal to sell to nearby recycling centers. Children suffer terribly in this environment. The overwhelming majority endures malnutrition, injuries, abuse and neglect, and they are under constant threat from roving gangs and child traffickers. They have limited access to schooling or healthcare and have little sense of hope for the future – their sole focus is on daily survival. Without education or assistance they have few options for social re-integration or for moving beyond a life of subsistence work.
CCF also welcomes many children in need from impoverished rural regions of Cambodia. We maintain strong relationships with each child's family and are consistently expanding our reach to provide vital services and support to defenseless communities.
We use insight to steer our operations, but compassion drives our programs. The best interests of the children are the ultimate guide in our decision-making and actions as we strive to help as many people as possible, while ensuring the integrity of our operations is upheld.
Through our five interconnected pillars of service: Education, Healthcare, Vocational and Leadership Training, and Community Outreach, we are improving the economic and social welfare of marginalized children and families who have been trapped in deep and persistent poverty for generations.
Education: CCF has four residential education centers providing dynamic academic content modeled on leading US, Australian and British education sources. CCF's own comprehensive education program includes intensive English, computer studies, mathematics, art and sports, as well as traditional dance, drama, and music. Students are also integrated into the Cambodian public school system for native language instruction, social studies and applied sciences instruction.
Healthcare & Nutrition: We are actively committed to ensuring each child's optimal health through quality nutrition and Western standard medical care. Upon admission to CCF, each child is given a complete physical, including eye tests, dental care, immunizations and treatment for existing conditions. Students also benefit from regular check-ups and counseling, as well as specialized care for any chronic illnesses
Leadership Training: The Lazio Community Leadership Program (CCF3) is an innovative curriculum designed for children and young adults who are demonstrably natural leaders, regardless of their education status. The program emphasizes entrepreneurship, human rights, social activism, media studies and community intervention.
Vocational Training: Qualified CCF students are provided with tailored on- and off-site vocational training courses in garment design, bakery, esthetics, graphics and web design, bio fuel product development and restaurant services.
Community Outreach: Essential needs must first be met in order to move individuals beyond mere survival to wholesome growth and development, therefore nutrition and food relief constitute the building blocks of our community outreach program. By lowering exposure to disease and malnutrition, CCF is reducing health problems and physical barriers to learning, thereby offering a better chance for children and adults to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
The CCF Community Center was created in 2007 to provide reliable care within and for the Steung Meanchey community. We offer vital services in childcare, healthcare, education and food relief to help better the lives of area families. It is our belief that by fostering a sense of community and sense of pride, individual and social evaluation and responsibility will follow.