About Us

Our Mission

Caring for Cambodia (CFC) believes that when knowledge cannot be handed down, it must be handed out. We work to educate one child at a time today, to make a difference for Cambodia’s tomorrow. We create and sustain safe, modern, technologically equipped schools; mentor and professionally train teachers; and fund supplies and other tools needed to teach those who want to learn. CFC provides educational opportunities for Cambodian children so they may reach their highest potential and make valuable contributions to their communities.

Our Story

We strive to make going to school every child’s inalienable right. To do this, we work hand in hand with entire communities. We want to make sending a child to school a choice that positively affects the entire family. With the help of our team of volunteers and financial partners, we are giving hope and dreams to a country in need. We hope you will read our story, and join us.

Our History

Cambodia is a country deeply scarred by mass genocide committed from 1975 – 1979. This tragedy killed an estimated 1.7 million people, among them most educated or professional citizens, leaving future generations with few role models. When founder Jamie Amelio first visited Cambodia in 2003, she discovered a country rich in culture, history and beauty, but desperately lacking educational mentors. Caring for Cambodia was founded later that same year, and with the support of over 4,000 financial supporters and a team of over 250 committed volunteers, CFC now provides a world class education to children from pre- school through high school.

Our Impact

Caring for Cambodia (CFC) has educated thousands of students since inception with the goal of increasing retention and providing a life changing, world-class education.

CFC has taken responsibility for 21 schools in the Siem Reap area since 2003. These schools are zoned, pulling their student base from a specified area. Our statistics indicate that schools involved in the CFC program increase enrollment over a five-year period by an average of 70%. In our first school, Amelio Primary, the number of students enrolled has more than doubled with an initial enrollment of 323 students in 2003 to 790 students today.

Proof that by providing smaller class sizes, enthusiastic trained teachers, food, clothing, transportation, health-care and fresh water, more children in these communities will seize the opportunity to learn.

Our Future

At Caring for Cambodia we care about creating a better future for our students and ensuring the sustainability of our schools and programs.

Our long-term goals:

  • For every child who enters a CFC school at Kindergarten, to graduate 12th Grade with the skills required to attain a job and lead a healthy, successful life
  • To make higher education an attainable choice
  • To improve early childhood education
  • That Caring for Cambodia will be run by Cambodians for Cambodians

These goals are in our reach, and every day we are one step closer.

Watch our Videos

Jamie Amelio at Tedx – University of Nevada

CFC 2012: Be Bothered – Kids Helping Kids

CFC 2012: 10th Anniversary Video

Jamie Amelio: CFC’s Founder Describes the Organization’s Origins and Ongoing Work

Promise: A Short Film About Caring for Cambodia

Kids Helping Kids

Making a Hygiene Kit