Caring Connections
January 2019
 
 
With thanks to our generous 2018 donors...
and that includes you!
CFC extends heartfelt gratitude to donors throughout the world who generously supported CFC schools during 2018. Thanks to all of you, we are able to provide everything needed for over 6,000 students to attend school and learn in the best way possible. CFC would like to give a special shout out to those who became CFC members and monthly donors. Your commitment allows us to invest with confidence in curriculum and training. Those who gave in the final days of the year carried us across the finish line, providing funds for 1,100 students to attend school. Each dollar makes a difference and every one of you is truly exceptional. You keep CFC sustainable, and we simply could not do what we do without you!
Upcoming Events
CFC is
SWEET 16!
Celebate CFC's 16 years of caring and your choice to make a difference in this world by supporting CFC.
 
For ideas on how to celebrate CFC Day,
 
Click here to share your CFC Day story with us!
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Gallery Reception &
Art Auction
(featuring Chinese ceramics artist master Guo Aihe)
February 9th
Austin, Texas
 
Click here for more details and to register.
Team New England reunites over Cambodian fare
Following the success of their kick-off event in Boston last October, members of the CFC New England Chapter met for a working lunch in Rhode Island over delicious Cambodian food to discuss plans for regional events in 2019. CFC prides itself on a diverse community of loyal supporters around the globe who once connected to CFC remain committed no matter where they may relocate. These five individuals are fine examples of that loyalty.
Stay tuned as CFC's orange spirit
gathers momentum across the East Coast!
 
The New England Chapter is actively involved in planning a golf tournament for September 2019. For those interested in helping plan the event, or participating as a golfer, please contact Chapter Leader Bryan Morytko (click here).
Hurdling obstacles to raise funds for CFC
Supporting CFC through athletic feats seems to be an integral component of the France family's DNA. Renee France, CFC's Singapore Operations Manager and her husband, Paul, have previously competed in Singapore's Vertical Marathon to raise money for CFC, and recently, their six year-old daughter, Vivienne, decided to follow their lead. Vivienne and her friend Isabella, both students at the Canadian International school (CIS) in Singapore, competed in the Kid's Spartan Race, an 800m dash complete with various obstacles – climbing, crawling, and running. Their mothers encouraged them to incorporate fundraising into their muddy athletic endeavors, and they chose to support CFC’s Race to Better Education.
 
The two fearless competitors literally threw themselves into the challenge - and the mud! Both girls finished the course with smiles on their faces, and when they learned that they had raised SGD$1600, they were even more delighted. All in good fun, and all for CFC!
Well done Vivienne and Isabella - you are quite the inspiration!
Students helping students
Thank you to all school communities near and far -- 
you are all making a difference!
 
Butler Elementary School (Chalfont, Pennsylvannia)...
Last spring, the students and staff of Butler Elementary School in Chalfont, PA, engaged with CFC to raise money as part of a larger initiative on global citizenship, an important part of the school’s mission. Their principal, Dr. Joe Brereton, who had previously traveled to Siem Reap to do research and provide workshops to CFC principals and mentor teachers, worked with the sixth grade student council to identify a global focus for the year. Students became very interested in Cambodian history and the CFC mission, and they began studying global issues like access to water and girls’ education. The Butler sixth-grade team raised over $4,500 for CFC by holding a dance party and games night.
Thank you Butler Elementary for your generosity and efforts to raise awareness of CFC's important work in Cambodia!
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Singapore American School (Singapore)...
Members of Singapore American School's elementary school club busily assembled hygiene kits from hundreds of donated items in late November under the watchful eye of veteran teacher trainer Jenny Redlin. The students finished approximately 150 hygiene kits that were eventually transported by volunteers to Siem Reap to be distributed at community gatherings. Students were enthusiastic and ready to help, and we are grateful for their efforts!
Thank you SAS!
The Gift of Giving
Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes
and from all corners of the world! Thank you!
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Inspired to action at a young age (Singapore)...
According to her mother, Kara Bohn, a Year 3 student at Tanglin Trust School in Singapore, has a strong desire to make sure that all children are able to go to school like she does. She started saving money in her piggy bank at the beginning of the school year, and recently gave CFC $34SGD of her very own savings. What a great example that age doesn't need a barrier when you care for others.
Thank you Kara!
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Fitness and philanthropy (Singapore)...
For the second year, staff and clients of Singapore-based Evolve MMA, Asia's premier brand for mixed martial arts, organized a collection campaign for hygiene, first aid and school supplies. This kind of philanthropic drive has been a pillar in the gym ever since it was founded in January 2009 by ONE Chairman and CEO, Chatri Sityodtong, and CFC is honored to have been chosen as a recipient again this year.
 
“We want to show our care and concern to those in need. We hope that our small token of charity can help the Cambodian children and their families.” ~ Outreach Program Manager Richard Wee
 
Members were encouraged to donate items at any of Evolve's four Singapore locations, and the results were beyond spectacular with cartons of supplies being filled every week! Thank you to Chatri Sityodtong and Richard Wee for their efforts. To watch a video about why Evolve MMA gives back to CFC, click here.
 Thank you Evolve MMA!
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Seminary program supports Gender Equity program (Columbus, Ohio)...
 
 
Long-time supporter and Gender Equity program advocate Sara Wunsch helped organize a collection by her fellow seminary classmates and professors at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University in Ohio to benefit CFC's Gender Equity program. The group contributed monetary donations that will be used to purchase necessary feminine hygiene products for girls enrolled at CFC schools.
Thank you Trinity Lutheran!
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Wine turns into water (Rhode Island)...
This holiday season, Matt and Kristen Shields introduced their friends and family to CFC by hosting a festive party that raised funds for CFC's WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) resources. Guests gathered at the Shields' home in Barrington, Rhode Island and selected their wine glasses from a display that featured a water bucket and pictures and videos of CFC schools. Everyone was invited to contribute to the WASH bucket and were told that every drop counted! Matt and Kristen were delighted that their community raised over $1700, exceeding the amount needed to supply one campus with clean water for a year ($1200). Pictured here is their daughter, seventh grader Kate Shields, wearing a smile that comes to her face every time she sees her Red Sox hat spattered with paint stains from a service trip to Bakong High School.
Thank you Shields Family and Friends!
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Shopping for a cause (Singapore)...
Singapore volunteer and supporter Amanda Ramm opened her home to a private shopping evening to benefit CFC. The evening featured two Singapore-based designers - Creations by Magali (unique fabric creations by Magali Rives-Duprat) and Frangipanee (casual clothing by Rachel Perrin). Both designers generously donated 15% of their sales. The evening not only fostered friendships but raised $240SGD to support CFC.
Thank you Amanda, Magali and Rachel!
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Join a CFC Chapter! There's a lot going on!
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 England     Texas                      Washington, DC
 
 

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