Four of our scholarship students graduated from high school this year and started college last week. They all passed the National High School Exam in August.
Welcome to the Cambodian Village Fund
The Cambodian Village Fund started with a bicycle. Nancy wanted to buy a $40 bicycle for her hair stylist’s village back in Cambodia. The villagers would share the bike to ride to the market, school, temple, and clinic. More bikes and visits led to a deep bonding with the poor, hardworking village residents, many with little or no education.
Our grass roots 501(c)(3), established in 2006, improves the lives of northwestern Cambodia youth by building schools, giving scholarships -- especially to girls -- and offering free English classes. We also help improve roads, provide safe drinking water and conduct eye clinics. And we launched a youth soccer program for both boys and girls – including building a brand-new soccer stadium.
Many other charities are at work investing in some of the world’s most impoverished communities. The Cambodian Village Fund isn’t the biggest or the oldest of them, but we are definitely among the most focused on maximizing every dollar donated to personally make a difference, one school at a time, even one student at a time. We communicate with the students every week. We know their struggles and successes.
And we are breaking the cycle of poverty: ten of our scholarship students have graduated from college, 23 currently attend high school or college -- huge firsts for their families and community.
Five-hundred students attend our optional after-school English language classes. Thousands of primary and secondary school students go to class in our new, modern schools. For the first time, hundreds of boys and girls have the opportunity to compete in soccer matches in the new Tim Sykes Soccer Stadium. Hundreds have had their eyes tested; and, if needed, now have glasses. And dozens of older villagers have had cataract surgery.
Strong Cambodian connections and a commitment to responsible financial management, accountability and transparency have made the Cambodian Village Fund successful. 99% of our donations go directly to projects in Cambodia. Our experienced, well-qualified directors and volunteers handle administrative tasks, project management, website development, newsletters, and graphics, without any remuneration, other than the joy of improving lives.
One village official expressed his appreciation to us this way:
On behalf of the community of Kaun Khlong Village, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your generous work. Cambodia has been through a long period of darkness in our recent past. Now we are emerging into the light.”
PLEASE HELP us celebrate our 53rd Wedding Anniversary by donating to our annual “September Anniversary Fundraiser.” All donations in September will be matched so each dollar you donate is worth $2.
Cambodian Village Fund scholarship student Socheata has a new business—selling books online. (It reminds us of how a well-known Internet giant got started.) Socheata, a first-year college student, is attending two universities simultaneously. She’s studying English Literature at Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University-Battambang Branch (SBUBB) and also studying marketing at the University of Management and […]
Venerable Vy Sovechea explains why he is committed to helping the Cambodian Village Fund and how his community benefits.
Our scholarship students come from poor families themselves, but they often do charity work to help others in need.
We are starting a youth soccer league for our villages, one of the first in Cambodia.
To celebrate the end of a successful year, our English teachers held an awards ceremony/party/clean-up detail for our 250 English language students.
Prey Touch Commune has a new football (soccer) stadium thanks to a $62,000 donation from the Timothy Sykes Foundation.
Six of our high school scholarship students recently moved to Battambang so they can attend Preah Monivong High School, one of the best public schools in Cambodia.
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