Thursday, 18 September 2014

Fundraising for CamKids without getting out of your chair

These days, raising money for charity doesn't need to involve rattling a can or trawling round your friends asking them for the £5 they promised you months ago.  It doesn't even require you to get up out of your chair, if you don't want to!  With online fundraising services such as Justgiving, you only need to email, Tweet or post the details of your own personal fundraising site on Facebook and the rest is taken care of. These services charge a small fee, but they also reclaim the 25% in Gift Aid for us, which means that, in most cases, we receive around 120% of the amount donated (for UK taxpayers) and involves very little administration work for us.

CamKids has signed up to the well-known JustGiving service, as well as Virgin Money Giving, BT's MyDonate and other popular services, where you can also make single or regular donations.  Fundraisers can be located anywhere in the world and funds can be received in a number of currencies.  You don't need to sign up for a Marathon or even pour a bucket of cold water over your head (although you are welcome to, if you want).  Just tell your friends and family that you want to support CamKids in helping some of the poorest children in the world - we can even supply some standard text for you to use.

If your friends and family do need an extra reason to part with their money, our JustGiving Page has some possible fundraising suggestions and will also give you an idea what can be done with the money you raise. In the past, CamKids supporters from all around the world have set up pages for the following events:

Bug Eating
Climbing Kilimanjaro
Beard Shaving
Kick Boxing
Cycling through Asia
Fun Runs ........

Some people also set up fundraising pages before or after a trip to Cambodia, to let their friends know what they are doing, how they have been affected by the country and how they can help the children. If you are thinking of travelling to Cambodia, we can agree on a specific project or programme which your money will fund, so that you can report back to your supporters on how the money was spent. Remember, at CamKids we have absolutely no administration or overhead costs and so we can guarantee that 100% of the money you raise for us will go to helping the Cambodian children.
Why not set up a fundraising page today? A few pounds from all of your friends could make a huge difference to the lives of the children who benefit from our programs. £1 will pay for the dental treatment for a child in a rural village, who would not have access to such treatment and can relive them from the pain of tooth decay and infection. If you can raise £400, this will pay for a teacher in a rural school in Takeo for a year.

If you need any assistance, or would like some other fundraising target ideas, please email us.

Friday, 5 September 2014

CCC Clinic

The Chbar Chros Community (CCC) Clinic was built and is funded by CamKids to provide free basic medical and dental services and health education to CCC school children and community members as well as to other people from surrounding villages.  The community is very poor and in a very remote location with extremely limited access to medical facilities.
The CCC clinic provides the following services to the community, free of charge:
  • Dental treatment- including oral health and hygiene education, extraction, filling, scaling, endodontic, SDF and sealants.
  • Medical treatment- including basic medical care and treatment from the CCC nurse for fever and diarrhea management, wound care, first aid and health education. In addition, the CamKids-funded mobile medical team also visits the CCC clinic bi-monthly to provide treatment for a range of diseases including dengue fever, acute infections, typhoid fever, malaria, pressure wounds etc.
  • CCC School Health Program – the CCC nurse provides basic medical care services, including height and weight measurements (every six months), monitoring and treatment of scabies and head lice (three times per year), de-worming (at roughly six monthly intervals), nail clipping, first aid, fever and diarrhea management, basic wound dressing and distribution of soap.  The CCC medical nurse also monitors and supervises the students to brush their teeth and wash their hands every day.
Over the last year, we have continued to work cooperatively with the CCC community by building trust and strong relationships with the CCC school and community members as well as local people and village chiefs from surrounding villages. We have built on the work carried out in the first two years of this project by providing dental care beyond the CCC school, to CCC community members and to people from surrounding villages as well. During the last six month reporting period, the dental team provided treatment to 659 patients, including 270 CCC school students, 55 children and 333 adults.
In addition, the medical team has also provided medical treatment to the CCC school and community members. A total of 556 patients (227 children and 329 adults) were treated by the CCC medical nurse, and a further 195 patients were treated by the mobile medical team, including 34 children and 161 adults. Education and training about basic health care and hygiene, personal care and family care has also been provided. A total of 270 students are enrolled in the School Health Program. The challenges of working within a resource-limited setting continue to push our teams at the clinic!
Case Study
On a recent trip Ms. Sokney, the CCC Medical Nurse, interviewed a woman, named Mrs. Phal Sophorn who is 30 years old. Sophorn currently lives in the Roug Village Samiki Commune, Ortdong district, Kompong Speu province. She came to the CCC clinic with a sad face and complained of tooth pain from one of her molar teeth. Due to the unbearable pain, Sophorn said she could not sleep at night time and found it very difficult to eat hot or cold food or water. However, one day Sophorn heard from the village chief that the dental mobile team would be visiting the CCC Clinic soon to treat the patients there, so Sophorn recorded the date and waited to visit the CCC clinic on the day of their visit. The dental team helped relieve her pain and removed her third molar tooth. Sophorn said that after the tooth was removed she could eat and drink whatever she wanted and started to have better sleep again. She is very thankful to CamKids and our donors for helping the vulnerable people in her community.