Caring Connections
June 2016
A global update on awareness and support
Upcoming Events
Evening for Orange
Saturday, October 22nd
Austin, Texas
Details forthcoming.
Cruising for Cambodia
Saturday, November 12th
Join us on the Royal Albatross for a sunset voyage on the South China Sea. Details forthcoming.
Personal Fundraising Highlight
In January 2015, long-time CFC supporter Sokunthea Oum-Fite kicked off a personal fundraising campaign to champion girls' education. Now in it's third year, CFC's Girls Matter! Program empowers female students with leadership and communication skills, boosting their confidence and developing a sense of belonging in their community and ownership of their future. CFC's curriculum engages all students in needed conversations about gender equity, and specially trained female advisors work with school and family members to promote equal access to education for girls.
Please join Sokunthea and others as they strive to reach their goal of $45,000 (presently at $33,000). To read more about Girls Matter! and to make a donation, please 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. Click the city/region below for email contact. Get involved and join the fun!
Shop on-line for CFC!
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; it's easy to do! For help, please click here to view our 'how-to' videos.
Jamie Amelio speaks at Kent State University
In late April, CFC Founder Jamie Amelio participated as part of an expert panel in a three-day program, "Devastation and Rebirth through Education in Cambodia", held at Kent State University. The event was also sponsored by Women for Women Ohio, a key supporter of CFC's Girls Matter! program.
During her presentation, Jamie discussed how the devastation of the Khmer Rouge regime affected the education system in Cambodia, and how CFC has helped to rebuild the country one child at a time through its 21 schools and surrounding community outreach. Jamie shared the stage with Cambodian-born author Loung Ung (above) whose personal memoir "First They Killed My Father" offers a poignant tale of survival under the Khmer Rouge regime.
What's happening with our chapters around the globe...
It's been a busy season for our chapters in Singapore and the United States as they continue to organize creative and fun ways for supporters to get involved with CFC!
Getting creative in Singapore:
Yoga poses and rolls of the dice
Despite seasonal rain showers, yoga enthusiasts of all ages participated in Yoga in the Park workshops for adults and children on Saturday April 23rd. Instructors from Alpha Balance led the morning's practice and everyone left feeling refreshed.
Supporters gathered at the beautiful home of Denise Palladino and John Venn on May 6th for a Balinese Couples Bunco evening. The event raised enough money to support two months of teacher training. CFC friends enjoyed great times laughing and rolling the dice.
Austin Beauty Event supports CFC
Fifty people attended an evening event in Austin, Texas hosted by Dr. Barbarino of The Aesthetic Institute at Dell Laser Consultants (at right with CFC Founder Jamie Amelio). The event offered attendees free beauty treatments and raffle prizes, and contributed USD$6000 through entrance fees and raffle ticket purchases.
Midwest Chapter energizes packing parties for CFC partner Feed My Starving Children
Members of the Midwest chapter have been busy helping CFC partner Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) assemble thousands of packaged meals at packing parties. FMSC partners with CFC to provide nutritional meals to support our Food for Thought program.
Amanda Wilhoit and fellow Skyline High School CFC club members from Ann Arbor, Michigan (at left) volunteered during their Spring Break. Their industrious team packed 32,000 nutritious meals in a two-hour shift!
The latest group to participate included students from Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Illinois (at right). This was a great introduction for these students who will travel to Siem Reap later this summer on a service trip.
2015 Annual Report
Annual reports have been mailed to 2015 donors. To view a pdf version of this year's report, please click here.
If you did not receive a report and would appreciate a hard copy to read and share, please email us at
Have you moved recently? Do you have a change of address? Please make sure that we have your updated address information on file. Send an email with any new information to Thank you for helping us stay connected!
CFC at the United Nations
We are thrilled to announce that Taylor Viens has been selected to be CFC's United Nations Youth Representative. Born in Switzerland and raised between Singapore and the U.S., Taylor first joined CFC in 2009 while studying at New York University. As a Political Science major at NYU, Taylor worked as a researcher for the Wagner School of Public Service's Governance Lab where he explored issues regarding policy making and international governance through civic engagement. His involvement with CFC includes multiple service trips and extended volunteering at the Arahn and Kong Much schools. Taylor is presently an MA candidate in the History of Design, a joint program between the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. After recently completing field work in Delhi and Rajasthan, Taylor will be back to the U.S to assume his responsibilities as UN Youth representative and is looking forward to future successes and challenges while working officially for the CFC team.
Welcome Taylor!
Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity in the US?
We are looking for supporters to represent CFC at Combined Federal Campaign events this year. Events are held at various locations throughout the United States between September and December. We need individuals to attend these events with support from our current CFC team. The commitment is only a few hours and CFC will provide training and all display materials (brochures, banners, etc). These fairs directly relate to funds for CFC, and they are a fun and easy way to get involved.
If you can help, please contact us at
Thank you in advance!
The Gift of Giving
Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes
and from all corners of the world! Thank you!
Toiletry items to support hygiene programs (Texas)
High school student Garrett Chambers first learned about CFC while living in Singapore from 2008 to 2011, and continued his support after his family moved to Austin, Texas. As a sophomore at Anderson High School, Garrett organized a collection campaign to support CFC's monthly Calendar of Giving. He succeeded in collecting more than 400 toiletry items and USD$400.
Way to go Garrett!

Donations to outfit CFC athletes
Thank you to Candi Joniak of Soccer 2000 in Downers Grove, Illinois for donating seventy soccer jerseys and t-shirts. Our students are certain to enjoy wearing these items during their physical education courses and soccer practices.
Thank you!

Hygiene items to maintain healthy habits
While working on their philanthropist badge, Brownie Troop 48 in Singapore took the opportunity to learn about CFC and ways to help others. School Liaison Chair Lori McConaghy visited with the troop and shared the "Be Bothered" video. The girls generously donated soap and toothbrushes purchased with their own allowances, and they also helped to make teacher training resources that were used during May workshops in Siem Reap.
Heartfelt thanks to all!
Footwear collection to benefit students(Singapore)
Thanks to Jenilee Rawlins who organized a hugely successful collection campaign for flipflops and sandals. Generous donations from friends, co-workers and neighbors resulted in 222 pairs of shoes! CFC students benefit from footwear donations especially on their walks to and from school.
Fabulous effort Jenilee!

Donations to support clean water at out schools (Singapore)
As part of their sixth-grade water project at the Singapore American School, students Braeden Shields and Carsen Torfin, decided to raise money to support CFC's clean water projects. They organized and promoted a 1km race around their neighborhood, and even though thunderstorms forced them to reschedule the event, they eventually held the race and raised SGD$465 for CFC.
Bravo boys!
Jamie Amelio visits TASIS campus in Switzerland
In late May, CFC Founder Jamie Amelio and her daugher, Cherry Amelio, visited The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) to meet with school administration officials and the entire student body. Jamie gave several speeches to different grade levels, and Cherry also talked to students about her life in Cambodia as a young child. Jamie's visit was well-timed as she was able to meet with the high school students who will travel to Siem Reap on a service trip this month, as well as the Headmaster and the school board members responsible for funding the service program.
CFC has benefied from the support of the entire TASIS community for many years. We remain impressed and grateful for their engaged commitment. Reflecting on her visit, Jamie said "The teachers and leaders of the TASIS CFC club are quite a group, and it makes such a difference to be able to visit schools and thank them in person."
Thank you TASIS!
We look forward to hearing more about the June service trip!
It's summertime and the giving is easy!
Our monthly Calendar of Giving offers supporters an easy opportunity to get involved. The items featured are difficult to find in Cambodian or too expensive for our teachers and students to obtain.
But you can help - no matter where you live in the world!
Mobilize resources through schools, scout troops, families, offices, teams, etc., and then contact us to register your campaign and get any questions answered. You can choose to collect physical items and ship them to Singapore (CFC will handle final delivery to Siem Reap), or you can donate on-line to a specific campaign and our CFC staff will be able to purchase the items directly in Siem Reap. By donating on-line, your gift benefits Cambodia twice - once by directly helping kids and once by benefiting the local economy!
Over the summer months, we will be collecting the following items. Please consider making a contribution by clicking on the specific month.
June:        Sandals. A USD$5 donation purchases one pair of sandals or flipflops.
July:         Rain Ponchos. A USD$5 donation purchases one rain poncho.
August:    Backpacks. A USD$20 donation purchases one backpack.
Visit our website (click here) to preview all campaigns.To register or ask questions, contact us at
Thank you for your generous support!

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