Caring Connections
February 2016
A global update on awareness and support
Upcoming Events
CFC Charity Gala
Saturday, March 5th
San Francisco, California
Click here for more details.
Evening for Orange
Saturday, October 22nd
Austin, Texas
Details forthcoming.
Personal Fundraising Highlight
As he prepared to celebrate his 60th birthday, long-time supporter Mike DeNoma also prepared for an extraordinary endurance feat -- the Brazil135+ Race, 160 miles in under 60 hours! And he has already raised over $19,000, 65% of his ambitious goal of $30,000 for CFC!
To sponsor his efforts, Mike has set up two fundraising pages, so please consider making a contribution. To access our website, click here, and to access Just Giving, click here.
Join a CFC Chapter near you!
We have a vibrant and growing chapter network around the globe, and perhaps even in your own area! Get involved and join the fun!
  • Singapore
  • Austin, Texas
  • California
  • Midwest
  • New York City
  • Washington, DC
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Our schools receive a charitable contribution each time you shop through iGive or amazonSmile. Don't forget to designate CFC as your charity of choice.
Speaking tour begins for CFC Founder
CEO and Founder Jamie Amelio embarks this month on a busy travel schedule to update our global supporters on CFC's progress within the greater context of the successes and challenges faced by Cambodia's education system.
Jamie's travels take her first to Singapore and Siem Reap, then to key events at regional chapters in California, Chicago and the Northeast, and finally to Switzerland in May.
We would like to call attention to two upcoming speaking appearances, in particular, as each offers opportunities for supporters to attend and hear first-hand Jamie's accounts. For information on either event, please contact us directly at
Chicago (Friday March 4th):
Jamie will join a moderated panel of speakers at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs "Health of the Next Generation" symposium. The event will take place at The Standard Club in downtown Chicago and will be attended by two hundred professionals and students interested in global health. Admission is USD$75 for members, USD$95 for non-members and USD$35 for students. Registration closes March 3rd.
For information, please click here.
Ohio (Wednesday April 27th):
In partnership with Women for Women Ohio and Kent State University, Jamie will be sharing the stage with Cambodian-born author Loung Ung whose personal memoir "First They Killed My Father" offers a poignant tale of survival under the Khmer Rouge regime. Details on the event are forthcoming.
Inaugural Event for Northeast Chapter
The freezing New York City temperatures did not stop the 'orange glow' from spreading its warmth on February 11th as the Northeast Chapter, led by Chapter Leader Muriel Cornelis, hosted its inaugural CFC event at Num Pang, a Cambodian sandwich shop .
A crowd of nearly sixty enthusiastic supporters of varied ages and backgrounds turned out for the event which included a video presentation and speeches from key CFC volunteers. CFC Director Hong Choing, a native Cambodian and Khmer Rouge survivor, shared poignant anecdotes from his life and the reasons behind his philanthropic passions. The casual setting allowed for numerous introductions and connections to be made amongst the Northeast network.
Special thanks to the owners and friendly staff of Num Pang for their generosity and delicious, authentic Cambodian fare. The evening created great energy for CFC and we look forward to more from the Northeast!
Inspiring good at a young age
It's hard to believe but nine-year old Rose Hara has already been an avid CFC supporter for years! She recently celebrated her ninth birthday with an orange-themed party complete with orange CFC t-shirts, orange candy and orange cake! She and her friends watched the CFC film, "Be Bothered", and then went to help pack food supplies at CFC's key partner, Feed My Starving Children.
The Hara Family's involvement with CFC started in 2011 while they were living in Singapore, and from the very first days, Rose embraced the need to help others. In fact, this isn't the first birthday that Rose has dedicated to CFC. For her fifth birthday, Rose asked friends and family members to bring school supplies and she collected enough to send three large boxes to Siem Reap! 
"I think it was this year was the best birthday party I've ever had, because I went to sleep knowing that I did something amazing on my birthday."
Rose is truly a bright shining voice for CFC and an inspiration for all ages who proves that giving back can be fun! Well done Rose!
CFC at the United Nations
This Spring, Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan, the current UN Youth Representative for CFC, is interning at the Office of the Secretary General's Envoy on Youth. In early February, her office co-organized the annual ECOSOC Youth Forum which focused on ways in which youth can engage in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addressed how youth interests can be translated to the Agenda using social media and communication tools.
Sharmishta was able to help organize bilateral meetings between the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth and various foreign ministers focused on youth issues. She was able to meet these ministers, attend side events and even had the chance to speak with Helen Clark, the present administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the former Prime Minister of New Zealand (photographed at right with Sharmista).
Sharmista has recently been asked to contribute regularly to a blog series focused on the UN's Global Goals. To read her first post and follow the blog, please click hereSharmista is excited to further explore the interests of youth in international development at the UN and is proud to represent CFC in any way she can! Well done Sharmista - we are proud of you!
We have an exciting opportunity for a CFC youth supporter to help Sharmista represent CFC through the UN Department of Public Information NGO section (UN DPI-NGO). The position has a one-year term (April'16 - April'17) with a one-year extension option.
All applicants must submit a resume and brief essay explaining their interest by March 31st. Selections will be made April 2016. For more information or to submit a resume, please contact
News from Washington, DC Chapter
Earlier this year, CFC representatives were privileged to share time with Cambodian Ambassador HE Chum Bun Rong at the Cambodian embassy in Washington, DC. Pictured at right with the Ambassador are Director and Chapter Leader Liz King, long-time supporter Narin Jameson and Cambodian restaurant owner Seda Nak. The goal of the meeting was to introduce the Ambassador to CFC and our partnership with Seda, her husband, and their Cambodian restaurant, Maketto. Conversations are underway for a CFC fundraiser to be held at the embassy. Stay tuned for more details!
Monthly happy hours continue to draw friends together in support of CFC at Washington, DC Cambodian restaurant Maketto. The next happy hour is set for Tuesday, March 1st. If you are in the area, please join us! Restaurant owners Seda Nak and her husband chef Eric Bruner-Yang have been actively involved with CFC since a service trip in May 2015, and they are planning a return visit this coming June.

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