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page 4CONTENTSA WORD FROM SCOTT 1GRADE 12 EXAM 14OUR MISSION 2NOW THEY HOPE TOO 15OUR APPROACH 3TRINITY SCHOLARS 162019 IN NUMBERS 4ROBOTICS SUCCESS 17RECOGNITION 5CHRISTOPHER’S HOPE15 YEARS OF CCF 6MEDICAL CLINIC 1815 YEARS TIMELINE 10CHILD PROTECTION UNIT 19RISING FROM THE FLAMES 12FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 20WE LOST EVERYTHING 13OUR PARTNERS 22OUR BOARD MEMBERS 23
A WORDFROM SCOTTThis was a notable year for CambodianChildren’s Fund (CCF).Our 15th year anniversary was celebrated in style– at least by landfill standards – with communitymembers of all ages and demeanor in attendance. Aformal ceremony preceded a day of games, live musicand food. Amidst all the festivities was a moment toreflect on the changes since our founding in 2004.page 1The most profound changes can be seen in thechildren and youth themselves, who transcended themost appalling environment. With the majority ofour first 200 or so children now university graduates,they have shown all that stood between life on agarbage dump and a life of success was opportunity.decades of family photos. With an unprecedented levelof support within the Cambodian community, CCFwas able to rebuild the community, with new homesthat the residents could only have dreamed of.We built World Housing homes, each with a toilet andrunning water, green commons areas, and the rarecomfort of a secured community. We replaced photoswherever possible and the Phnom Penh governmentstepped up with a new road and the provision of a localoffice to handle the replacement of official documents.Our student numbers plateaued, with those leavingCCF, through graduation or reintegration, exceeding thenumbers of new arrivals into our education program.These landmark moments were reminders of thosewho support us, whether through direct donations,corporate giving, child sponsorship and non-financialmeans. The consistency of support is essentialwhen the mission requires us to educate childrenfrom kindergarten through to university – a 17-yearjourney for a child – and we are forever grateful toall of those who have been part of this journey.From CCF’s earliest days, providing opportunityhas been our core function. The scale of theopportunity CCF provides has grown immensely buthas never exceeded the willingness of the kids tograsp each new challenge and hunger for more.Warm regards,In March, one of the poorest and most squalid areawas razed in a fast and unforgiving fire. A total of 54homes were lost, along with an array of possessions,from identity papers and birth certificates, through toScott Neeson, Founder & Executive Director
OUR MISSIONCambodian Children’s Fund transforms the mostimpoverished children into tomorrow’s leaders.By delivering high quality education, leadershiptraining and direct support programs into theheart of one of Cambodia’s most deprivedcommunities, we can reach marginalized andneglected children and instigate lasting change.We believe that with the right educationand support, one child has the potentialto lift an entire family out of poverty, andthat a generation of educated children hasthe power to change a whole society.page 2Through an intensive and long-term investmentin children, CCF is breaking the cycles of povertyand abuse, and giving children a pathway tobright futures with the skills, confidence andresources they need to become the progressiveleaders of change in their communities.
OUR APPROACHCCF takes a holistic approach to tackling complex issues of poverty.After 15 years, our model has proven results of success.Our model is based on three key principles:Education is keyAccess to quality education is critical in breaking thegenerational cycle of poverty. Armed with an educationand key leadership skills, we believe that our students willbe leaders of change in their communities and country.CCF operates over 60intertwined projects across6 key program areas:HEALTHCARECHILDCARECAREER ANDLIFE SKILLSEDUCATIONLEADERSHIPCOMMUNITYOUTREACHRemoving the barriersIt is not enough to provide free schools, we need toaddress the barriers to education that keep children outof school. This includes offsetting the loss of earnings ofchild labour, addressing healthcare needs and tacklinggender inequality.page 3Building a CommunityAt CCF we understand that it takes a communityto raise a child and to provide children with anurturing and safe environment, their familiesmust also be supported. By focusing on buildinga sense of community, we are reinstilling prideand respect for all those living in the area.
2019 IN NUMBERS1,855328443,575NUMBER OF STUDENTSENROLLED IN CCF PROGRAMS% PASS RATE FORCCF STUDENTSWHO SAT THENATIONAL GRADE 12 EXAMCOMPARED TO A 67%NATIONAL RATE.page 433CCF UNIVERSITYGRADUATES IN2019 MAKING ATOTAL OF 84 CCF GRADUATESWHO HAVE LEFT CCF ASSUCCESSFUL YOUNG ADULTS,ON A PATH TO GREAT THINGS.NEW HOUSESBUILT IN THECOMMUNITYDUE TO DEVASTATING FIREKG OF RICE SUPPORT TOCHILDREN AND COMMUNITIES28,977CCF’S MEDICAL CLINICTREATMENTS ANDCONSULTATIONS
RECOGNITIONThe whole time I was volunteeringat CCF, I felt like the needs of thechildren and community memberswere always put first, and thatwas clear every time I was in thethriving community. I would definitelyrecommend that everyone considerssponsoring, donating, volunteering, orworking with this incredible charity.Every detail of this organizationseems meticulously thoughtout and every person workinghere plays a fundamentalrole in the upkeep of thecommunity built. It was nothingshort of a pleasure getting thechance to work amongst suchbrilliant people. Thank you!!GUIDESTAR- Ashleigh, volunteer- Julia, volunteerCCF was awarded the Platinum badge from Guidestar, the world’slargest source of information on non-profit organisations.Cambodian Children’s Fund exceeded every expectation I had in anonprofit. I have spent time over the past 2 years volunteering withCCF and have nothing but great things to say about them. Everyprogram and service is thought out to every detail. All of the staffhave so much love, experience and expertise to bring to the childrenand communities. Cambodian Children’s Fund really is doing amazingthings out there and they’ll forever hold a piece of my heart.CHARITY NAVIGATORCharity Navigator is one of the world’s largest independent charitywatchdogs, ranking non-profit organisations on criteria such as financialmanagement, governance, and transparency. We are incredibly proudthat 2019 marked the tenth consecutive year of CCF receiving thehighest score from Charity Navigator; four out of four stars.GREAT NONPROFITSpage 5We’re proud to announce that CCF has been awarded a Top-RatedAward for the sixth year running. This prestigious award is givenbased on reviews from those with direct experience of a non-profitorganisation’s work, such as volunteers, donors, and supporters.- Kenadi, volunteerI was impressed at the CCF commitment to frequent interactionbetween sponsor and child so that real relationships are formed.I was also impressed by the fact CCF works with the wholecommunity. CCFs commitment throughout the whole communityis inspirational. The respect, bordering on reverence, that is shownto Scott Neeson by the community is clear and authentic.- Judith, sponsor and volunteer
15 YEARS OF CCF“Seeing you all together has made me realise howwe’ve come this far. We have transformed the mostwretched environment into something beautiful. Thebrutal sense of hopelessness of 15 years ago has beenreplaced with a sense of hope and opportunity.”Scott Neeson,CCF Founder and Executive DirectorA journey that began 15 years ago with one child inneed of help and one man determined to changethe course of her life, has been an extraordinaryone, culminating in the CCF that exists today.In those 15 years, countless children have been saved,thousands of lives changed and one of the marginalisedcommunities in Cambodia has been transformedwith long-term investment reaping tangible results.page 6Reaching the landmark 15 years was not only a celebrationof CCF but all those who have played a part in shapingits success: staff, supporters, donors, sponsors, andall the children, families and communities of SteungMeanchey, who have contributed to the journey.Celebrating 15 years of CCF saw as much aboutrecognising the individual achievements - whether bigor small - of our CCF students and families, as it wasmarking the milestone moment and those who helpedto make it happen. Supported by event sponsorsSmart Axiata, Westec Media, Kilat events and Vans,CCF held a day-long street festival in the heart of thecommunity. Bringing everyone together with specialfestivities, live music and games for all within theSteung Meanchey area there was a great celebrationof a community working itself out of poverty.More than 3,000 people, including CCF children,attended the event commemorating the remarkablejourney that CCF has made since it began back in 2004.HRH Princess Samdech Sisowath Pong Neary Monipong,representing His Majesty King Noromdomn Sihamoni,presided over the official opening ceremony. SeveralCCF staff and supporters - who had flown in fromall around the world especially for the event - werehonoured with awards recognising their contribution toCCF’s success. Scott Neeson received The Grand OrderOf National Merit of Cheatopka, the highest honourin Cambodia, for exceptional services to the nation.In his commerating speech, Scott Neeson, who hasdescribed the last 15 years as “the most challenging andrewarding of my life”, spoke of the impact CCF has had.“A quality of education that was unimaginable just 10 yearsago, is now one of the best certainly in Cambodia, withthe majority of our students now moving into university.”Where there was once no hope, is an optimismfor the future, “not just for our CCF students butalso for their families, the grandparents, the sick andthe elderly, and those previously neglected.”Their legacy, he added, would be to change ageneration for the next 100 or 200 years.
153,364YEARSin NumbersStudents have had accessto education through ourprograms, providing apathway out of poverty andcreating opportunities to fulfiltheir potentials. With 260students pursuing tertiaryeducation.page 91,148,994Meals served at our eveningFood Program, run by CCF’sLeadership Students. Eachbowl of food served is oneless child going hungry.279,156Medical treatments given by our dedicated medical team,a lifeline to families who otherwise cannot access care. OurHealthcare Program began in 2004 and our medical clinicopened its doors to patients of all ages in 2009 serving47,408 beneficiaries to date.2,500Families provided with safehomes with 493 houses builtgiving a stable environmentfor children to thrive withina communitySINCE 2010THEREHAVE BEEN1,309births on CCF’sMaternal CareProgram withZERO mothersdying as a resultof childbirth.94UniversityGraduatesIN TOTAL127,378lives impacted
15 YEARS TIMELINE20072005CCF quicklyexpands and helpsThe need over 100 childrenrisesescape life on thegarbage dump.A rickety shelter, open to the elementsand surrounded by piles of smellyFirst trash. CCF’s first community basedCommunityclassroom opens up next to the garbageSchooldump and starts what would becomeCCF’s Satellite School program.2009More than 1,500 children andfamilies in CCF’s programsClosure of receiving support whenGarbagethe garbage dump closed.Dump2004First facility incentral PhnomCCF Penh set-up toFoundedhouse and educate45 children.2012CCF’s Education Programis awarded the WISEWISEAward as “one of theAwardworld’s best initiatives ininnovative education.”20112010The hub of operations, theCCF Community CentreCommunity opens offering servicesCentre Openssuch as healthcare, daycareand family support.page 102006Continuing to help moreand more students, CCF’sCCF second facility opens toexpandshouse and educate n acceleratorprogram for childrenwho are starting schoollate condenses 6 years ofprimary school into 3 years.16 elderly women the oldest overGranny 100 years old - startProgramreceiving support.Launched
2013CCF’s Child Protection Unit set-upand quickly expands to cover wholeCPU country in fighting child abuse andCommencesproviding victim care services.Operations2017The NCA is the flagship of CCF’sEducation Program, providing aNeeson Cripps Academy world-class standard of education(NCA) Openswith a focus on STEM.2019More than 3,000 people, attendthe event commemorating the15 Year remarkable journey that CCF hasAnniversarymade since it began back in 2004.Street Party2013CCF begins a partnershipas the local giving partnerWorld for World Housing.HousingHomes2017CCF celebrates the graduation of itsfirst wave of university students. TheseFirst University 20 students are of the first cohort ofGraduateschildren rescued from poverty andput into school when CCF began.2016page 112014CCF’s final Satellite School,the Rice Academy, opensRice Academy serving 200 students in oneOpensof the worst areas near theformer garbage dump.Seven years after the start of the highlysuccessful Maternal Care Program1,000th (MCP), Socheta the 1,000th baby wasBabyborn. ZERO mothers have died dueBornto childbirth as part of the MCP.2015CCF’s Child ProtectionUnit conducts the firstFemale Police ever Specialist ChildOfficer TrainingInterviewers Course for24 female police officers.201822 year old Sophy becomes first CCF studentto receive an international university. ScholarshipFirst International for her foundation year at Trinity College in theUniversityUniversity of Melbourne. At 10 years old, SophyScholarshiplived and worked on the Steung Meancheygarbage dump having never been to school.
RISING FROM THE FLAMESMuch of our work involves a collaborative approachto tackling issues and the effectiveness of thiswas tested earlier this ye