Cambodian Children’s Fund is a unique organization which aims to create a progressive atmosphere for the country’s impoverished children. Cambodia is a country which had the misfortune of falling into economic crisis, destabilized governance, and famine among other catastrophes falling on it one after another.
This has led to extremely poor conditions and the quality of life is far behind the world standard. On top of this, there are various ongoing issues related to health, crime, politics and corruption.
These have been observed to be detrimental to the society with the brunt being borne by the children. CCF is an organization which wants to offset this downward spiral by helping the children in need. They provide education, healthcare and family support to the children. CCF ensures that not only the children but their families are also given the best help possible. This way there is no one left behind and everyone has a second chance at life.
The Founder – Scott Neeson
Scott Neeson used to be a Hollywood executive until he went on a vacation between jobs in 2003, he couldn’t have imagined how it would change his life. In Phnom Penh, Scott saw hundreds of children and their families living and working on the Steung Meanchey garbage dump, one of the most toxic environments imaginable. This was the moment that changed his life.
Scott had a 26-year career in the film business, including tenure as President of 20th Century Fox International. Scott thought he had it all – a powerful role in the film industry, celebrity friends, a big house, fancy cars and a boat.
Soon after, Scott made the decision to resign from his job, sell all of his possessions and focus his energy and passion into Cambodian Children’s Fund. After 12 years the project is more successful than ever and continues to help more children and their communities every year.
Goals and Aims
CCF holds it close to their heart that one child can lift his family out of poverty and misery while one generation of children may lift the whole society out of this abyss provided they are given quality education.
It seeks long-term investment in children which will enable them to provide for the children the right tools and skills to make a difference. It is of utmost importance that these children be given their voice and their integrity which will enable them to lift the Cambodian society out of the evils it has been caught in.
There is a certain amount of dysfunction set in the Cambodian society which makes the young generation forget the importance of presence in classrooms. This means that CCF must go the extra mile and not just provide free schools but to also instil leadership among the children.
This is an uphill battle but one which the charity is determined not to lose because Cambodia cannot afford another generation to be lost. CCF aims to bring out interconnected programs which will help families plan a way to fight poverty and make it to a respectable circle of society.
The History of the Charity
CCF has made waves in an otherwise stagnant country in terms of community service. There are many achievements to boast about despite the fact that there is still a very long way to go. In 2015 alone, CCF constructed 180 quality homes for the poor and the impoverished.
All of these houses had access to mains water, solar panels and working kitchens. A communal shower has been allotted to every six houses which is, in itself quite an achievement since most of these people did not have access to running water. On the education front, more than two thousand students were enrolled in education programs related to CCF.
Previously, the Cambodian national average for students passing final exams was just 56%. CCF has managed to bring that number up to 71%. A total of 125 students have made it to universities while 152 have found employment through career services rendered by CCF.
Around half of the student body was reported to be absent from schools in previous years. This has been brought down to 3% with the help of CCF.
The leadership qualities which are so vital to the vision of CCF were given due attention. More than eight hundred students were enrolled in the Leadership Program. These students paid their dues to the community by feeding more than four hundred malnourished children and providing assistance to 85 grandmothers. More than three thousand families have received direct assistance from the CCF.
Furthermore, CCF has also cooperated with the Police Force and a total of 192 incidents have been recorded where action against a crime was taken. 307,000 tonnes of free rice was also distributed. 374 students had signed up for this rice distribution programme.