Friday, 25 May 2018

Phil's Fabulous Ride

We at CamKids are constantly surprised and touched by the kindness and generosity of people. Challenged by his sceptical friends to “get on his bike” Phil Moses did just that – and it wasn’t an easy challenge - cycling some 500 plus miles from Bangkok to Saigon and passing through Cambodia on the way. Phil supported four charities and we were fortunate that he chose CamKids as one of the four. This is his story:
As a 50+ non-cyclist and having decided to join a friend on a cycling trip from Bangkok to Saigon, many of my friends thought I was nuts. So, having been challenged to succeed and expected to fail I made sure I trained well for a few weeks and decided to make my friends put their money where their mouths were! 
I set up a Virgin Giving page for 4 charities including CamKids, which seemed appropriate as a lot of the journey was through Cambodia, a place I had never been. It turned out to be a fabulous adventure and my friend and I were joined by 16 others on the Exodus arranged trip in late February 2018.  
Cambodia was amazing. Temples, Buddhist priests, sad history from the civil war and amazingly friendly people. People were healthy but not well off, and many children were not attending school. Motor cyclists often did not wear helmets and the agricultural output seemed too low for such a fertile and sun blessed place. 
So, the £7,000 support I got for the four charities will enable CamKids to use nearly £2,000 to help support kids who need education to attend school rather than sell postcards to tourists. It's a great cause and I was delighted that my holiday adventure also enabled me to help them. 
A big thank you to Phil and his generous supporters – thanks to his efforts and their generosity the money raised will cover the cost of educating a class of 30 children for six months. Put another way, the money we received will cover the entire seven years of primary education for 14 children! 
Whilst the children CamKids supports have little or no access to tourists due to their rural location, they do face the same financial pressures to help support their families that Phil mentions. By providing a good local school and removing the financial burden we can help to keep these children in education. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a wonderful result and one that will change these children’s lives forever. 
If you feel inspired by Phil’s story – get in touch and we can help you with setting up a charity giving site and provide information for your supporters. It costs just £10 to educate a child for a month and every penny donated is spent directly in helping children in Cambodia. 

 


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Friday, 27 April 2018

Why is attendance at our CCC school so high?

Most people outside of Cambodia probably don’t realise that student absenteeism in State schools is extremely common, while at our CCC school our students hardly ever miss a class. 
Unlike in the West, absenteeism is rarely due to the students not wanting to attend, but to ill health or social and economic pressures on their families. Children often miss classes for long periods as they are required to help their parents with family duties such as rice transplanting or harvesting. 

At our CCC school, we have created a partnership with the community which not only provides a creative and high quality education which follows the Cambodian syllabus, but we also include other initiatives such as:
  • Providing medical and dental treatment, which reduces absences due to illness;
  • Free provision of school supplies - unlike in State schools, we make sure that all of our students have sufficient study materials;
  • Follow up with family - any absences result in the family being contacted to find out the reasons and, if possible, resolving the issues so that the child can return to school;
  • Unlike in many State schools, our teachers are always punctual and deliver high quality lessons to the students, free of charge. 
Again, we would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters for your donations to help these students receive a life-changing education. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor - just £10 per month provides a full education for a child.

 


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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

2017 Report & Accounts


The CamKids Trustees are pleased to report that our Annual Report and Accounts for 2017 have been filed with the Charity Commission and can be downloaded from HERE.

We would like to thank all of our donors and supporters, without whom we would not be able to help some of the world's poorest children.

If you have any questions about these accounts, please contact CamKids Finance


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Sunday, 25 March 2018

The biodigester

Our biodigester is a renewable energy source, producing methane from cow manure to generate gas for cooking and lighting.
It was built at CCC in 2014, funded by students from the Liger Leadership Academy in Phnom Penh, who raised the money to have it installed as part of their renewable energy project.
Not having to buy gas for CamKids staff cooking, saves around $140 per year, which may not sound like a lot but is the cost of educating a child at our school for a year.
Families work on a rota system to bring 20 kg of cow manure every day to put in the biodigester. This produces gas for 3 onsite staff to cook their food.
As an added bonus, the waste from the biodigester is excellent nutrient rich organic fertilizer for our veggie garden.



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Monday, 29 January 2018

Winter 2017-18 Newsletter

CamKids Winter 2017-18 Newsletter
As reported last year, we are now concentrating on the development of our CCC school and other MEND projects in Kampong Speu Province, which are 100% controlled by CamKids and where we believe that we can use donors’ funds most efficiently.

We are pleased to report that the process of transformation was completed by the end of 2017 and we are looking forward to focusing all of our efforts on improving the quality of education, health and opportunities for the children and the villagers supported by these projects, through your continued support.

Our decision was given a huge boost by the unexpected visit of HM King Sihomani of Cambodia to our CCC Project in July (see Page 2 of the Newsletter).  You can see a video of the visit here.

Please click on This Link and take a look at our latest Newsletter which focuses on the King's visit as well as those of other volunteers and organisations during the year. If you like what we are doing, why not sponsor a child at the school through a regular donation - £10 per month covers the full costs of one of our schoolchildren.

Remember, CamKids has no administration or fundraising costs - only Cambodians receive funds from the charity.  Every penny you donate therefore directly benefits the children in Cambodia.  Your support is critical to our continuing aid to many thousands of children and their families. 

If you need an incentive to stick to that New Year's resolution or just want to set yourself a personal challenge for 2018, why not set up a Fundraising Page for CamKids.  Any donation, however small, will help us provide long term support for some of the world's most vulnerable children. 

Finally, we would like to thank all of our donors and supporters and wish you the very best for 2018.

The CamKids Trustees

To access the Newsletter, please click This Link or Contact Us and we will send you a copy by e-mail.



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Please consider making a donation to help these desperately poor children and their families. 

If you are in the UK, you can text CAMK13 £10 to 70070 to make a £10 donation (or change to £5, £3 etc). Even a small donation of a few pounds from all of our supporters will make a huge difference. Remember, we do not have any overheads, so 100% of your donation goes to helping the children. 

Alternatively, go to www.bit.ly/singdonation or www.bit.ly/regdonation to make a single or regular credit or debit card donation in £, $ and A$ or PayPal to pay in any currency through PayPal (all cards accepted). 

Thank you 
The CamKids Trustees