As another Spring season begins, we are reminded of new life and bright blessings. Springtime offers a perfect time for renewal and gives us the strength to move forward along our path of progress and change.
The Year of the Goat stands for teamwork and is an appropriate theme for CFC. The Goat prides itself on being a member of a group, but never wants to be the center of attention. Similarly, CFC prides itself on our powerful team of staff and volunteers each of whom recognizes that there is no "I" in team. It takes everyone of us working together to strengthen the country we so deeply believe in.
May your days shine bright with the power of giving.
Join Northern California Bay Area supporters for an evening of cultural awareness featuring "Angkor's Children", a film about Cambodian's cultural and artistic renaissance, and Cambodian dance performances by Charya Burt and the Khmer Angkor Dance Troupe. Admission is free. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join CFC as we honor Dylan and Denise Palladino's ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro and all those Hunger Fighters who contributed to their goal of raising USD$125,000 to fund CFC's Food for Thought program. A plaque will be dedicated at the Aranh School campus, and all those who so generously donated are welcome to attend the ceremony. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Join CFC supporters for our third annual dragonboat event to benefit CFC's five primary schools and 5,000 primary school students. It promises to be another fun, spirited day of friendly competition on the water! This year, there are many ways to get involved. If you cannot attend the actual event, please consider sponsoring a team or joining the 'Non-Paddlers' boat. To register or sponsor a team, or to make a donation towards CFC's Food for Thought Program, please click here.
Support CFC's cornerstone Food for Thought program while enjoying a fun night and delicious chili dinner with fellow Midwest supporters. A $20 donation buys 200 meals for CFC students! Ticket prices are $20/adult and $10/children (under twelve). No RSVP necessary! For more information, please contact Midwest Chapter Leader Carolyn Viens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lend a hand and make a difference! Join others from around the world to work as a team dedicated to improving our schools. Have a chance to meet our incredible students and experience the power of CFC's work. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact email@example.com.
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Volunteer Holly Kreutter(at right) has taken on several roles within CFC's Singapore organization since her first experience on a Make-A-Difference service trip with her son in 2006. Her current role as Accounting Assistant requires Holly to act as the main financial contact in Singapore for CFO Kristie Hess. With her organizational skills and genuine can-do attitude, Holly has made significant contributions behind-the-scenes at CFC Caring Teas, and for the past two years, she has been the co-chair for the annual Dragonboat fundraiser. Holly has also been a steady member of the Health Education committee as an enthusiastic participant on three trips to Siem Reap, including a first-aid training workshop that she led in March 2014.
Anyone who knows Holly would agree that she is a genuine pleasure to work with, a source of great support and 'orange' all the way!
Thank you Holly for being part of our team!
CFC at the United Nations
For two days in mid-February, the United Nations headquarters in New York City hosted the inaugural World Women’s Health and Development Forum bringing together world leaders, representatives of UN system entities, scientists, healthcare professionals, and members of civil society, the media and private sector to discuss how best to advance the health, wealth and empowerment of women worldwide. The two-day conference highlighted the importance of gender equality, safety and security, human rights, and education. “Access and coverage is not enough to meet a proper healthcare system for women – they also need equality,” summed up one panelist.
On February 26th, Caring for Cambodia was spotlighted at the DPI NGO briefing, “Partnerships for Success: NGOs, Youth and the UN.”Dr. Bill Hunter, Director of International Outreach at Lehigh University and primary UN representative, moderated this event that focused on youth empowerment. He addressed the audience about Caring for Cambodia’s mission and representation at the UN and he explained that “all youth representatives are encouraged to have a voice at the UN and to make a difference, since it is the duty of one generation to open the door for the next to come through and move to the next level.” Today, there are more than 400 youth representatives speaking on behalf of NGOs around the world. CFC is pleased to have James Harding as our current CFC UN Youth Representative (pictured above with CFC UN Director, Marybeth Shay).
Jamie Amelio visits with Singapore supporters
In late February, CFC Founder and CEO Jamie Amelio traveled to Singapore to meet with teachers and school supporters, volunteer teams and corporate benefactors. Jamie shared updates from Siem Reap with these various audiences and attended an evening social event generously hosted by Chris Church, owner of Red Sea Gallery and CFC Singapore trustee. Jamie's trip was intended to personally convey CFC's gratitude towards our Singapore community which has been a stalwart foundation of our organization since its earliest days.
The gathering also game Jamie the opportunity to extend best wishes to Kay Flanagan(photographed at right) as she leaves her position as CFC Singapore Country Manager to relocate with her family to the United Kingdom. Jamie personally recognized and thanked Kay for her incredible performance and service, and welcomed Vanessa Moore as the new Country Manager.
The gift of giving
Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes and from all corners of the world!
School uniforms (Tokyo, Japan)...
CFC students are sporting smiling faces and new uniforms this term thanks to the generosity of Joanne Wilkinson whose Tokyo-based school uniform company (Top of the Class) donated 1,000 uniform pieces. Students in Cambodia are not allowed to attend school without a standard school uniform, so this contribution helps to keep our students in school. The joy and pride of ownership beams from their faces!
Thank you Joanne and Top of the Class!
Milestone birthday contributions (Singapore)...
Long-time supporter and Education Committee Co-Chair Christy Machulski celebrated her 50th birthday in true 'orange' style surrounded by friends who all share her commitment to CFC. Her generous friends from around the world raised SGD$3350 in her honor and these funds will be used to match a grant for a new water filtration system at one of CFC's primary school campuses. Simply fabulous!
WASH (Water and Sanitation) gets a boost! (Singapore)...
Clean water means less sickness from water-borne diseases and fewer student absences from school. As part of her eighth-grade service project, Singapore American School student Anna Bierley(photographed at right courtesy of Littleones Photography) focused her efforts on raising money for new water filtration systems needed at CFC schools. Anna set up a personal fundraising campaign on CFC's website and on March 25th, she swam an impressive 200 laps in two hours. Having received pledges from family, friends and additional contributions from her father's company, Anna has more than exceeded her goal of USD$1500. If you would like to contribute to her efforts to guarantee clean water at CFC schools, please click here. Well done Anna - you certainly swam the extra mile for CFC!
Students helping students
Thank you to all school communities near and far --
you are all making a difference!
Chandler Elementary School (Duxbury, Massachusetts)...
Students at Chandler Elementary School have chosen CFC as one of three charitable causes to support during the months of March and April. To kick off their efforts, the school sponsored an "Orange Day" when students were encouraged to show their spirit by wearing orange clothes. Donations will be raised through a spare change collection campaign. The school's involvement with CFC will also be featured in the town's newspaper which will hopefully encourage more 'orange' awareness. Many thanks to supporter Gayla Campbell for mobilizing her community!
Singapore American School (Singapore)...
The High School CFC Club at Singapore American School (SAS) raised SGD$433 at the school's annual County Fair. Students organized a speed throwing contest with boxes of candy as prizes for the fastest throws. In addition, one of the high school's annual interim trips brought SAS students to Cambodia where they visited a school and contributed a SGD$500 donation towards a new water filtration system. Thank you SAS!
Riverdale Grade School (Portland, Oregon)...
Since their first visit to Siem Reap and CFC's Kong Much Primary School in 2011, the Ford Family have been loyal CFC supporters. Recently, Emily encouraged her eighth-grade Leadership Class at Riverdale Grade School to choose CFC as the charity to support for the trimester. Specifically, the class wanted to help our cornerstone Bright Smiles Bright Futures program encouraging proper dental hygiene. Emily (seated at left) organized a concession stand at their school carnival and proceeds raised USD$1000. She also collected 200 toothbrushes which were personally delivered to CFC schools in March by her older brother Connor on his service trip with the Caitlin Gabel School.
Thank you Emily and Riverdale Grade School!
Little Oaks Montessori School (Singapore)...
On April 2nd, Little Oaks Montessori School held their annual Easter Carnival with egg hunts and festive games enjoyed by young and old. As in years past, School Director, Felicia Ayling(at right with CFC Country Manager Vanessa Moore and carnival attendees) has committed to donating all proceeds and supplemental sponsorship dollars to CFC, and we are forever grateful to this generous community.
This year, eight-year old Meghan Loo(at left) returned as an alumni to the school's Carnival having always remembered the day's fun and also the school's partnership with CFC. She had saved all of her pocket money and brought SGD$50 as a personal donation. What a wonderful example of a caring young soul with a big heart!
Thank you Meghan and Little Oaks!
About Us - Caring for Cambodia (CFC) is a non-profit, non-governmental, charitable organization that provides a free education for over 6,400 impoverished children in 21 schools spanning pre-school to high school. CFC professionally trains its teachers, and provides everything a child needs to succeed, including food, clean water, uniforms, school supplies, computers, transportation and basic healthcare. CFC relies heavily on global volunteer support which ensures that the majority of dollars raised directly support the education of a child.