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CFC is touching the lives of children across Cambodia every day, providing hope for the future through education. Across the world, our volunteers and supporters are making our work possible and changing the lives of people they may never meet. Here we share the stories of our work, our staff and students, and our amazing volunteers and supporters.

These stories illustrate true "Orange Moments."


Caring for Cambodia is seeking dedicated young professionals who wish to make a difference in the lives of children in Cambodia. The CFC Young Professionals Advisory Council is forming now!

Samnag began the academic year with the end of his school days and the beginning of a bright new future just over the horizon.

He couldn’t anticipate the closure of schools nationwide, which threatened to derail his plans. Neither could CFC and his teachers, but they, like Samnag, refuse to let anything stand in the way of success.

Jamie thanks supporters for supporting CFC's special summer campaign. While many NGOs are closing their doors, CFC is rolling up its sleeves but we can only succeed with your help.

An update on the schools in Siem Reap and the importance of your support in the lives of the children and communities who depend on Caring for Cambodia's schools.

Thida Kim came to the United States in 2017 from Siem Reap to study for dual degrees in Project Management and Human Service Studies from Elon University. Thida was excited to return home this summer and work with Caring for Cambodia to impact students in her country, seeking an education and improving their lives. 

Then, Covid-19 arrived and changed the world we all live in. Thida and CFC are working together in real-time to form an internship, which allows her to make an impact and learn from her campus home in North Carolina. This is the second installment of a blog written by Thida detailing her experiences!

Schools closed due to Covid-19 threatened to derail nearly two decades of work to bring education to Cambodia but CFC teachers are meeting the challenge and keeping their kids engaged. Years of teacher training conducted by volunteers and schools from Singapore and across the world plus CFC's commitment to Cambodian teachers and leaders resulted in an amazing ability to pivot to distance learning.

Siem Reap native Thida Kim, a rising senior at Elon University, was all set to work with CFC in her hometown this summer. Then Covid-19 turned the whole upside down but she and CFC are finding ways to make her internship a valuable experience for them both.

CFC knows education brings hope and a future for the children at its schools but our Food for Thought program often makes the most immediate impact on the lives of the more than 6,800 students at our schools. Covid-19 interrupted our ability to provide urgently needed nutrition to our students but last month we got back to providing vital nutrition to the communities we serve.

In the three months since Cambodia ordered classrooms to shut their doors, a thick layer of the dust has settled across desks and brightly colored classrooms once filled with the sounds of learning and laughter have fallen silent.

Recently, however, the schools are buzzing with energy and optimism.

Each June, students across Singapore happily trade their school uniforms for more casual wear and begin putting away their backpacks and prepping for summer vacation.

Often the ones who benefit the most are students at our schools. In Cambodia, students are required to wear blue and white uniforms but the cost of even a single outfit can be prohibitive for many families.  In fact, uniforms are frequently cited as a significant barrier to education for children in our community, and CFC is dedicated to making sure a child's education is not interrupted due to lack of appropriate clothing. 

Sometimes, with all the great news about what is happening with Caring for Cambodia, it can be hard to make sure you don't miss what is happening right here in Singapore!

Caring for Cambodia is excited to welcome Ryan Chin to its board of directors. Ryan is a dynamic businessman and philanthropist dedicated to bringing education to children in need.

Sivoun’s Caring for Cambodia journey stretches from a fourth-grade girl dedicated to changing her life through education to that of an adult who now uses her education to continue building hope for her village and her nation as a computer teacher at the CFC high school she once attended.

After two busy and productive years, CFC Singapore Operations Manager Renee France (second from the left) is preparing to move on. Since joining CFC, Renee has led the organization’s efforts in Singapore and coordinated volunteers throughout the Asia Pacific region. But don’t worry CFC faithful! Renee may be returning home to the UK with her...

My internship with Caring for Cambodia in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Carl, a graduate degree candidate from Belgium, began interning with CFC’s Siem Reap campuses in October. Below are some highlights from his time there, in his own words. Arrival Six days before my internship with Caring for Cambodia, I arrived in Siem Reap. My assignment...

CFC MAD Trip Itinerary, July 16-20, 2020 Itinerary Please note the following is a sample itinerary. Dates and events can be modified to fit your group’s schedule. Lodging is booked at the Tara Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap, a CFC partner hotel. Trip costs (based on a group of 10) are $500 per adult and

Staying Bothered The Book Now Available! “What bothers you?” When CFC Founder Jamie Amelio poses this question, she’s not talking about being bothered by work deadlines or spilled coffee. She’s talking about the BIG bothers, like how you feel when you hear that in some places around the world like Cambodia, many children have to...

‘Tis the Season for Giving! Give a lasting gift this holiday season with a donation that supports a Cambodian child’s education. Honor a teacher, friend, neighbor or family member. Select a needed item from our online catalog, and every recipient will receive a CFC ornament and a card letting them know of your gift...

Painting pictures. Singing songs. Playing with friends. Learning the alphabet. Kindergarten is a place full of smiles, a place where kids learn that learning is fun. Kindergarten classrooms in Cambodia are much like those in America or Singapore with one glaring exception – Kindergarten simply isn’t available to most Cambodian children. Thanks to supporters like...

In this issue:

– CFC kindergarten program serves as example for Cambodia
– Siem Reap campuses receive much needed improvements
– Gender Equity Program reaches out to preschool mothers and caregivers

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In this issue:

– Tenth annual Career Fair and highlight of Career Preparation Program
– Libertyville High School returns to Siem Reap
– Summer volunteer trips hail from all around the globe: Seattle, Italy, Singapore, Canada and more!

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Submitted by Abe Pachikara, avid photographer and CFC supporter, who visited CFC schools in early July accompanied by his two sons. To view a collection of photos from Abe’s visit, please click here. To celebrate my birthday on July 8th, I treated myself to a visit to Aranh, one CFC’s schools in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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In this issue:

– Natalie Bastow retires as CFC Chief Operating Officer
– Jamie Amelio represents CFC at Meridien International Center’s Diplomacy Forum
– Singapore Quiz Night
– Singapore schools contribute generous donations towards hygiene program, ICT and service trip

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This article by Paul Millar published in late May by the website Globe: Lines of Thought Across Southeast Asia highlights many of CFC’s cornerstone programs and goals – teacher quality and training, STEM, focus on early childhood education the early grades, attention to lower secondary enrollment rates, development of school leadership, and more. This is...

This timely article from Asia Times (“Cultivating the reading habit in Cambodia” – May 31, 2019) coincides with national reading day programs that will take place at CFC primary schools on Thursday, June 13th. CFC’s focus on literacy begins with our Early Childhood Education program and extends through students’ high school years. Our nine school...

Submitted by Zackiri Kith, youth volunteer My name is Zackiri Kith. I’m currently a Boy Scout working towards the rank of Eagle Scout, one of the highest achievements in scouting. An Eagle Scout candidate has to first plan, receive approval, and execute a community service project in order to achieve the Eagle Scout. For my...

In this issue:

– Faculty and staff celebrate 10+ years of working for CFC
– Growth in Cambodian leadership: Introducing our new Deputy Directors
– Twelve years of international teacher training with Tanglin Trust School educators

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In this issue:

– Singapore celebrates CFC Day
– Founder Jamie Amelio is “Staying Bothered”
– Tanglin Trust School JASS students record fundraising efforts

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Experience the power of CFC’s work and the shared spirit of giving! Your support and participation will Make A Difference to our school communities by enhancing facilities and campus grounds. We are exploring dates for our 2019-2020 M.A.D. trips. Let us know if you have an interest in any of the following potential trips. June...

Submitted by Kelly Procida, CFC’s Youth Ambassador and UN Youth Representative In eighth grade while living in Singapore, my family and I went on a volunteer trip to Cambodia with CFC. At the time, I didn’t know that this single trip would change my life forever. While there, we helped to build a library and...

CFC extends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Roderick Lappin, a friend and loyal supporter of CFC. In Memory of Roderick Lappin – Remembering a great man, husband, father, son, brother, friend, mentor, leader, who inspired so many and cared deeply for those around him. Rod touched so many lives. He will...

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