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Caring Connections
September 2012 
A global update on CFC awareness and support
Dear Caring Friends,
 
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting with our CFC leadership team in Siem Reap. My visit gave me pause to reflect on the progress we have made towards empowering Cambodians to lead the way for change.
 
Five years ago we had an in-country leadership team of one--Ung Savy. As CFC has grown, Savy has been responsible for the development of a Cambodian management team that--along with our teacher and principals--are the heart and soul of our Siem Reap operations.
 
As we begin our eleventh school year, CFC is fortunate to entrust our schools and programs to a stellar in-country team! CFC now employs over twenty caring, competent and professionally trained Cambodians all of whom are working to create positive change through education. These individuals are the champions of our educational, medical and community programs across all CFC campuses. They serve as role models in their profession. Many have been asked to represent their schools at education conferences and as part of Ministry teams. Many have taken the initiative to pursue further professional training both in Siem Reap and abroad. 
 
Our Cambodian leadership also provides invaluable resources to combat unexpected and emergent events. One such example was the team’s proactive response to this past summer’s outbreak of hand foot and mouth disease that sadly took the lives of many young Cambodian children.
 
CFC’s reaction to the epidemic was fast and thorough. Thanks to the work we have been doing over the past ten years in health and hygiene, and the trust we have built throughout our CFC communities, all of our families survived. And, although all Cambodian schools closed for the summer two weeks early to prevent further spreading of the disease, the Cambodian government allowed CFC campuses to remain open for training and Food for Thought. This speaks volumes to our successful programs and to the confidence that the Cambodian government has in us.
 
We are now faced with another crisis--the return of seasonal flooding. As I write this letter, two of our schools are already under water. Although we do improve our school grounds each year and prepare as best we can, and although the government also invests in improvements along the river, the rains continue to cause problems and the water continues to rise.
 
We hope that the worst will be over by the time school resumes in early October. Our team is in place. They will take leadership roles in our communities, provide supplies, and give quality information about health and survival, but they need our help. Donations for food and hygiene supplies are critical to help our team weather the upcoming flood season, and to keep our students and their communities safe. We appreciate any items or funds that can be provided in this time of need.
 
With heartfelt thanks,
 
Natalie
Natalie Bastow, Chief Operating Officer
 
Education Committee hosts CFC teachers in Singapore
Last week, ten teachers and administrators from CFC schools traveled to Singapore for three days of practical training and classroom observations at international schools. Participation in these trips is coveted and considered a mark of achievement. Individuals are chosen for their commitment and dedication to working for CFC schools and with the intention that each will transfer key learnings to their home school environments and peers back in Siem Reap. The teachers and administrators were joined by the Deputy Governor of Siem Reap Mr. Mao Vuthy and his wife Ou Kungkea and the Director from the Department of Education, Mr. Ung Sereidy.
 
Junior high school teachers focused their attention on science and math. Science labs are being set up in CFC junior high schools this year, so everyone was eager to observe and learn best practices. Teachers were assigned comparable grade-level classrooms to observe and began to think of ways they could adapt resources and lesson plans to be applicable for the Cambodian context in which they teach. This is a pivotal step in the learning process for our CFC teachers.
                
 
 
The group visited the Singapore American School (SAS), Tanglin Trust School and Chatsworth International School. At Chatsworth, the entire student population dressed in orange clothes to mark the visit (at right).
            
 

Another wonderful aspect of these teacher training trips is the reunion of friends. Many of the CFC teachers spent time in the classrooms of CFC teacher trainers who travel to Siem Reap each year to deliver training. Pictured at left are Jenny Redlin, SAS teacher and long-term CFC teacher trainer, and Miss Chroch Sopha, a fifth-grade teacher at Spien Chreav Amelio School. Long-lasting friendships like theirs are unique to CFC and help to foster the continued trust between our two communities.
 
 
For many of these teachers and officials, this trip was their first experience traveling outside Cambodia. Visits to Singapore's iconic landmarks such as the Botanical Gardens and Marina Bay Sands (at right) were remarkable highlights for them all!
 

A lovely farewell dinner was hosted by the Education Committee and certificates were presented to the all CFC attendees. In speeches made by the Deputy Governor and the Department of Education Director, both men expressed strong impressions of CFC and what they had seen in Singapore. They made it clear that our relationship will only continue to strengthen.
 
Thank you to the entire CFC volunteer team for organizing such a valuable and enriching experience for our teachers.
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In addition to coordinating these teacher visits to Singapore, the Education Committee under the leadership of Kaye Bach, Director of Research and International Teacher Training (at right), and Education Team Liasions Annette Foster (at left) and Kay Schot (center) has responsibility for several key on-going initiatives.

The Education Committee's efforts support all international teacher training teams working across all CFC schools. This year's curriculum focus in primary school will be science, and at the high school level, efforts will be targeted at science, math, geography and history. Regular committee workshops gather volunteers together to make equipment and resources to support all teacher training workshops as well as selected Health and Dental initiatives and special requests from CFC teachers in Siem Reap. Kaye Bach and her team will also start work with Lehigh University on formal assessments of how students are learning English at CFC schools. Research data from this study will be used to improve the overall English program.
Fundraising campaign benefits CFC bicycle program
Singapore based cycling enthusiasts Joe and Clare Wheadon (at left) recently organized a highly successful fundraising campaign to benefit CFC and a cause close to their hearts--cycling.
 
CFC's bicycle program ensures that all enrolled junior high school students have the means to get to school. The identified schoolchildren moving from CFC primary schools to the Aranh Cuthbert campus faced longer commutes. Bicycling is a critical component to getting them to and keeping them in school each day.
 
The Wheadons set a goal of six weeks and USD$7500 to purchase the necessary 197 bicycles for the 2012-2013 school year. The campaign was promoted on CFC's fundraising website and communicated through their personal network. Donations flooded in from family and friends, and even people they had never met, and within a mere two weeks, they had reached their goal!
 
As an added bonus, Joe's company, Specialized Bicycle Components, was a major contributor to the campaign, matching USD$5000 worth of donations and mobilizing employees and fans of the brand to donate. Through a program called First Gear, Specialized is working with partners all across the world to get more kids riding bikes. You can find out more about First Gear at http://firstgear.specialized.com/.
 
To date, the Wheadon's campaign has raised almost USD$15,000 with the surplus funds set aside to purchase bicycles for next year's incoming seventh-grade students. Their efforts and the generosity of their friends and family are astonishing examples of personal initiative and charitable giving. Thank you Joe and Clare!
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Start your own campaign!
Personal fundraising campaigns, like this one, are highly effective and easy to organize. With a defined goal and time horizon and the ability to communicate to a wide network of personal connections, you can make an incredible difference!
 
If you are interested in starting a campaign, CFC has an online platform that can help you get started and track donations (click here). If you have any questions about registering a campaign, please contact us at volunteers@caringforcambodia.org.
Volunteer update
With each passing year, CFC's network of volunteer supporters expands in numbers and geographic reach. With volunteers in key positions in Singapore, throughout the United States, and in Europe, we are truly a global team!

Volunteers are critical to everything we do. CFC always welcomes new supporters. Recent efforts in Singapore to raise awareness and promote the various committee projects included Open House receptions at Singapore American School and the Canadian International School, as well as our bi-annual Volunteer Fair held at The American Club where the newly released 10-year anniversary video was shown to all in attendance. Please click here to view the video.
 
There is tremendous energy and growing interest around the world! If you are interested in joining our global volunteer team, please click here to read about the various committees and opportunities, and contact us at volunteers@caringforcambodia.org.
           
Save the Date for 2012 Caring Tea (Singapore)
Please save the date for the Seventh Annual Caring Tea fundraiser to be held on Thursday November 15th, 2012 at Hotel Fort Canning in Singapore.

Try your luck to win one of the ten unique tabletop creations or other fabulous lucky draw prizes while you enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch--all in support of CFC schools. Honor friends, relatives, and teachers by making a wish list contribution to the Giving Tree.

Would you like to get involved? 
We are looking for volunteers to design tables, donate/acquire goods and services for the lucky draw, and extra hands to help on the day. Please contact Kelly Zotos at singzotos@yahoo.com for more information.
 
To see a collection of photos from previous Caring Teas in Singapore, please click here.
Students helping students  

Thank you to all students near and far --
you are all making a difference!
 
TASIS (Switzerland)...For the past several years, the student community at TASIS has shown incredible support for CFC with a variety of creative and effective student-run fundraisers. In all, their efforts during the last academic year raised an incredible CHF4,979 (Swiss francs) to support our programs.
 
Singapore American School (Singapore)... Kicking off the start of a new school year, the SAS High School club (at right) invited Director of Research and International 
Teacher Training Kaye Bach and her husband and long-time CFC supporter George Bach to speak at their first meeting. The couple spoke about Cambodia's history and their personal experiences volunteering and working with CFC. More than ever, these students are motivated to help initiate change!


The SAS Middle School club is also geared up for a meaningful and service-filled year in support of CFC. The students have already organized their first bake sale of the year (at left) and successfully raised SGD$450 -- an excellent start!
The gift of giving

Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes and from all corners of the world!

 
Hand-washing supplies (Singapore)...In response to our August Calendar of Giving campaign asking for hand-washing supplies to help combat the outbreak of hand foot and mouth disease, Microsoft employees in Singapore organized a collection. Their efforts gathered 289 bars of soap and 54 washcloths!
 

Lemonade Stand (Houston,Texas)...The Duncan Family, former Singapore ex-pats, continue to stay involved with fundraising for CFC rallying their three daughters' creative and energetic selling tactics to raise USD$55 to support CFC's hand-washing collection.

 
Wedding bells ring out for CFC...Newlyweds and long-time supporters Madeleine Barbeito and Trey Hickey were married in September and asked wedding guests to give donations to CFC in lieu of presents. Their selfless act and the generosity of their friends and family brought in thousands of dollars to support CFC. What an inspiring way to begin their life together!
 
 
Crocs collection (Singapore)...Margie Ebbage and her son's year one class at Tanglin Trust School organized a collection for crocs and sandals during the month of June. They had great success!
CFC approved for 2012 Combined Federal Campaign
We are pleased to announce that CFC has been approved for participation in the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign, a workplace giving campaign open to all federal employees in all forty departments. Selection for the Combined Federal Campaign is another indication of our transparency, efficiency and track record as a well-run charitable organization.

The solicitation period runs from September thru December 2012, and donations will then be made through payroll deductions throughout 2013. During the solicitation period, federal employees can designate a portion of their payroll to be given to a charity of their choice. If donors wish to select CFC as their designated charity, the unique designation code is 22130.
Any questions, please contact us at volunteers@caringforcambodia.org.
Surf the web and earn money for CFC!
Register with iGive (click here), an on-line shopping mall that donates a percentage of purchases to the charity of your choice.
 
Or register with GoodSearch (click here), a search engine which donates 50% of its spo
nsored search revenue to designated charities. 
CFC recognized by GuideStar USA, Inc.
CFC has received the GuideStar Exchange Seal, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. The Seal demonstrates to our vast support-base our deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability. To read GuideStar's report on CFC, please click here.
 

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