We have a vibrant and growing chapter network around the globe, and perhaps even in your own area. Join us today; we would love your help to 'share the orange' with your communities! Contact our National Programs Coordinator Carolyn Viens (click here) to learn more about opportunities in these regions:
Singapore California Midwest/Chicago Northeast/New York City
Khmer New Year was celebrated for three days in mid-April and CFC Chapter members participated in several events around the United States to raise awareness for CFC and help Cambodians usher in the new lunar year.
Washington, DC area supporters enjoyed a weekend celebration at the beautiful Cambodian temple in Silver Spring, Maryland. Saturday was a glorious 80 degree spring day and families shared picnics under blooming cherry blossoms and watched a day-long line-up of cultural performances. Sunday dawned rainy and 40 degrees colder, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those who came. CFC Director and DC Chapter Leader Liz King and long-time supporter Narin Jameson spoke with supporters old and new, who visited CFC’s table. Many offered generous donations, bought Narin’s cookbook "Cooking the Cambodian Way", and signed up to receive CFC’s newsletters. The DC Chapter looks forward to including these new supporters in upcoming chapter events!
Events were also held in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and California. Supporter Sokunthea Fite and her daughter Sara Fite(at right) represented CFC at the Long Beach, California festivities where they shared information and distributed brochures to interested participants. CFC was both proud and honored to be included in these festivities. We wish all our Cambodian friends a happy and prosperous New Year!
Personal Fundraising Highlight: "Creek for Cambodia"
Four years ago, then seventh-grader Maeve Drury (photographed at right in orange shirt) spent a week volunteering at CFC schools with her extended family, and she couldn't shake the impact it had on her. She remembers the extreme heat while painting school buildings and serving breakfast to CFC students. She remembers eating everything that had to do with mangos, and she remembers the vibrant art she saw at every turn. Even more, she remembers connections she and her family made with students - like the students who, despite the language barrier, played a Star Wars game with her younger cousin, or the little boy who stood on her feet and told her he wanted to be tall like her one day. The trip made her realize, as she puts it:
"Kids are kids, they're all the same, and they have the same needs; and even kids with nothing can still smile."
Within a week of returning to her home in Crownsville, Maryland, Maeve was talking with her teachers at Indian Creek School about raising money to help. She organized bake sales and 'dress-down days' as well as pizza and ice cream sales. This year, in her fourth year of fundraising, Maeve wanted to go 'all-out' in honor of her beloved grandmother who had recently passed away. "My grandmother had spent her life caring for others, so I decided I wanted to go full-throttle for her!" Maeve added an online fundraiser through CFC's website to her typical efforts and raised USD$1200! To support Maeve's fundraiser, please click here.
To talk to Maeve is to know that she is an observant, motivated leader at her school who knows how to get things done, but she is the first to say that she has needed a team to make this all happen! So, hats off to Colleen Schrum, Megan Tempkin, Hailey O'Connor, Mariam Nizri, Reese Fortier and the whole Indian Creek School community for your ongoing support and generosity! And very special thanks to Maeve's aunt, JeriAnn Conaty, a longtime CFC supporter who, four years ago, thought Maeve and her family might benefit from some time at the CFC schools.
You are all making a difference!
Packing parties showcase hairnets and helping hands
CFC's partnership with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is vital to our Food for Thought program. Based on the Manna-Pack of fortified rice and protein contributed by FMSC, CFC adds fish sauce with vitamins and local vegetables to complete the daily meals that are served to our students twice a day.
CFC Chapter members and school supporters actively participate in FMSC packing parties, helping to pack the nutritious Manna-Packs in support of FMSC's global outreach program. In the past few months alone, CFC volunteers from New Jersey and Atlanta have joined in these fun community events. There are always lots of smiles and plenty of hairnets to go around! Join us next time we're in your area!
Thank you everyone for helping FMSC and CFC to alleviate world hunger,
and for keeping our CFC students fed,
so they can focus on learning!
CFC at the United Nations
UN Youth Ambassador Sharmishta (Mishti) Sivaramakrishnan continues to be an excellent ambassador for CFC on the international stage. She recently attended the 2018 World Summit Award Global Congress held in Vienna, Austria. While there, she served as the Youth Ambassador for World Summit Award (WSA), an international network and competition which aims to promote the world’s best startup companies in digital content and innovative applications. The Summit offered several opportunities for Sharmishta to discuss CFC's work relating to UN Sustainable Development Goal agenda, notably at the United Nations in Vienna and at other events organized by WSA.
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Students helping students
Thank you to all school communities near and far --
you are all making a difference!
Singapore American School (Singapore)...
Over 150 Singapore American School (SAS) elementary school students participated in a one-mile Race for Reading organized by the school's CFC club. The spirited event raised SGD$2800 to support CFC's literacy efforts. In addition to CFC club members and Boyscout Troop #7, runners included the entire class of Primary School teacher and long-time CFC supporter Barbara Procida (below left). Barbara's class ran in memory of her mother who recently passed away. Barbara has been an integral leader in the CFC's Teacher Training program since its early days, and she is retiring from SAS at the end of this school year. CFC wishes her well and thanks her for her many years of committed service to CFC. This race was a fitting tribute to Barbara and her support of CFC!
Libertyville High School (Libertyville, Illinois)...
The CFC Club at Libertyville High School (LHS) continues to shine with creativity, generosity and energy thanks to incredible student leadership and the stewardship of teacher Tiffany Owens. Club members organized a 'Band Jam' during the cold winter months that supported CFC through tickets sales for an evening showcase of students' musical talents.
In April, LHS Club members also gathered to participate in a packing party with CFC's Food for Thought partner, Feed My Starving Chidren (FMSC), and helped raise USD$1500 to support FMSC and CFC.
Most recently, COO Natalie Bastow visited the school for a face-to-face update on all their efforts, discussions on the academic support program that the club hopes to sponsor, and plans for their next service trip in June 2019. The group prepared a Cambodian dinner with recipes they learned while in Siem Reap last year (at right). It was a delicious and enjoyable gathering.
Whether its strumming a guitar, donning fashionable hairnets or preparing Cambodian delicacies, LHS students never seem to be at a loss to show off their orange spirit, and for that, we are forever grateful.
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (Oak Park, Illinois)...
There's an annual tradition among the fifth-grade classes at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School that involves students hosting a pasta dinner to raise money to fight world hunger. Students research different charities and presents their findings for a final vote. Students in Ms. Elizabeth Smith's class voted to donate their proceeds to CFC, and specifically our Food for Thought program. Recently, COO Natalie Bastow visited the school and personally thanked them for their generous USD$760 donation. Students watched CFC's 15th Anniversary video and enjoyed a lively discussion about what life is like for CFC students, why they need help, and why Food for Thought is one of our most impactful programs. We are thrilled that these students discovered CFC through their own research, and we look forward to their continued support!
Thank you Abraham Lincoln Elementary - welcome to the CFC family!
The Gift of Giving
Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes
Stitched by hand and made with love (Singapore)...
Singapore volunteer Ana Freire and a creative group of caring friends spent countless hours sewing 150 colorful smock dresses. In March, the friends traveled to Siem Reap to present CFC's preschool community with their thoughtful gift (see below).
Their project was inspired by the 1944 children's book, "The Hundred Dresses" by Eleanor Estes, a story of a school-aged girl who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Thanks to these wonderful ladies, CFC preschool students will have something new to wear!
Thank you ladies for this incredible and beautiful donation!
Long-time supporter honors CFC with retirement gift (Atlanta, Georgia)...
Long-time supporter Joe Guerissi of Atlanta recently retired from a successful career with United Parcel Services (UPS) and celebrated a milestone birthday as well. He generously donated over USD$1300 to CFC from birthday funds given by friends and family through a Facebook campaign, and funds received from UPS as a retirement gift.
Since our earliest days, Joe and his wife Renne have been ardent CFC supporters and volunteers. During their time as a family in Singapore they participated in one of the first eighth-grade service trips with the Singapore American School, and they generously sponsored Caring Tea tables for many years. Their involvement continued when they relocated to Atlanta, and they have been instrumental and generous supporters ever since.
As Chairman Bill Amelio wrote in a thank you, Joe's "retirement celebration is not only a tribute to his fine work at UPS, but a testament to his character and interest in providing for the greater good across the globe."
May birthday gift for CFC (Kansas City, Missouri)...
Heartfelt thanks to Eliza Cantlay of Kansas City, Missouri who requested birthday donations to CFC from friends and family members through a Facebook campaign. She exceeded her goal and raised more than USD$500! Thank you Eliza!
Young friends come together for spaghetti and CFC (Orinda, California)...
In January, Mitch and Cate Reichenbach's fourth and fifth grade classrooms at Del Rey Elementary School were given an assignment in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to do something positive for someone else. The siblings decided to throw a fundraiser to create awareness for CFC, and partnered with their friend Kieran McBride to host a spaghetti dinner for twelve classmates. Mitch and Kieran presented a video they had created with photos from their families' travels to Cambodia, and Mitch shared his experience visiting CFC schools last spring. They also watched CFC's 15th Anniversary video, and everyone agreed they would be interested in continuing to work together to support CFC. The pasta dinner raised USD$350, and Mitch has hopes to start a CFC chapter at his school soon.