Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Fundraising for CamKids Without any Effort

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 and to provide you with pdf factsheets of our projects to forward to your sponsors.

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.

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Monday, 28 August 2017

CAM API Medical Company - Visit to CCC School

It is rare to see businesses in Cambodia taking such a proactive role in engaging with rural communities, which is why we were so pleased to be contacted by an HR Manager from Cam API Medical Co Ltd, a local company based in Kandal Province. The company is a manufacturer and wholesaler specializing in the production and export of medical and infection control apparel. They expressed to us that a group of senior management staff were interested in visiting our CCC school to learn more about the project and how they could get involved. We therefore arranged a visit for them to come and see our school. 
Before the visit, Cam API asked us what would be the best way to support the school. With the new academic year starting in November, we suggested that the provision of study supplies would be a great help to our students. We were therefore extremely grateful for the generous donation we received from them when they came to visit, which included text books, back packs, pencils, erasers and art books. 
The visitors were given a tour of the classrooms and medical building, and had the opportunity to talk with the students and teachers. Following the tour, each of the students and teachers received a cash donation, which they were all very grateful for. The delegation was also provided with printed information about our GRADE project, which aims to provide sponsorship for an entire year group at the school and included a sample of our GRADE friends report and background information on CCC school. The company’s HR manager said he would look into the possibility of making school uniforms for the school. 
The visit was a great success and we would like to thank the company for their interest and generous donations - we look forward to developing an ongoing relationship between CamKids and Cam API.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

The Teachers at our CCC School

CamKids is extremely lucky to have a number of gifted and dedicated teachers working for us at our CCC School – not always the easiest thing to do when you’re so far from a town - or a sealed road - or electricity! Our teachers are vastly experienced and totally dedicated to the children by providing the best education they possibly can.  We spoke to some of them, to find out their hopes for the future.
Probably our most experienced teacher is 62-year-old Sath Kry, from Tropaing Lorpeak village in Kampong Speu. He is married with two grown-up children. He was formerly deputy director of Tropaing Lorpeak primary school from 1981-2013, and has now been working at CCC since October 2013.  He says the reason he works at CCC School is “because I want to help teaching the children in this community, as it is poor and most of the kids never go school.” He goes on: “I want to share my knowledge to kids and don’t want to spend my time uselessly. Moreover, I want to have some additional income to support my family.”
Sath Kry says the differences between CCC School and public schools is vast: “At CCC School, the academic discipline is strict - all the teachers come to teach regularly and on time, complete all the requirements from Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport; they focus on kids’ behaviour, morality, hygiene, health care and school environment. At public schools, some teachers don’t pay attention on their teaching and they are not willing to do the job. They don’t come to teach frequently and don’t follow up the students who are always absent. Hardworking teachers are not appreciated or rewarded.”  He says his ambition is to see all the children who are studying at CCC School have “a bright future and become a human resource for Cambodia’s future development.” He goes on: “I also hope that all my work will contribute to the better lives of those children and join hands to build the human resources in Cambodia. I also want to see all the teachers at CCC have better living too.”
Sixty-four-year-old Thav Sophath from Ork Yom Village in Kampong Speu is married and has eight children. He was a former school director of Ork Yom primary school from 1988-2013 and has been working at CCC since August 2014. He says he wants the children at CCC “to be knowledgeable, educated and have a good future. Earlier, there was no school and the children here never got an education.” He continues: “I don’t want to bury my knowledge and I want to share it with the children.”  He also sees profound differences between CCC and public schools: “All the students here at CCC are truly competent to jump up the grade, but at public school, the students just finished the year and go up.” And, he adds, “all students and teachers respect the school discipline and good behaviour.”
Koy Sina, who is 28 years old and from Kbal Krolach village in Kampong Speu is married with a one-year-old son. She has been working at CCC since Oct 2013 and is also a kindergarten teacher at Tompoung Primary School. She loves teaching the kids, who she says are very disciplined.  Sina says she likes teaching the poor and disadvantaged kids “who have less opportunity”. She loves the school, because it offers “a good quality of education and the school wants the quality rather than quantity.”  Moreover, she adds, “the school supports the study materials, uniforms, health care and a tooth brushing program.” Her ambition for the children is that “they will be knowledgeable, moral, show good behaviour and become good citizens. I wish all the children be successful in their life and have a bright future.”
Finally, 28-year-old Hong Him is actually from Chbar Chros village, where the school is located. He has been working at CCC since 2009, over seven years, and was the first teacher before CCC school officially opened in March 2012. He had originally been teaching without pay for about three years because he pitied the kids who were eager to learn but had no school. “I was inspired by the elder people who want to see a proper school was built for young generation, that why I decided to teach without paying while my family faced financial problems too.” He has very definite ideas about what he wants for his pupils. “I want to help the children in my own community to have knowledge. I want to help CCC becomes an outstanding school where the children can get a good quality of education. And I want to help my community to have a better standard of living.” He likes the fact that all the teachers are dedicated in teaching and are in school regularly. “Both staff and teachers really pay attention to the children’s education, and all of the community and the parents are active participants in what we do.”
We are dependent upon regular donors to support our schools programme.  From just £5 per month, you can fund the cost of an education for a child - £20 per month gives a valuable education to 4 children. Please go to www.bit.ly/regdonation or contact us for more information.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

2016 Annual Report & Accounts

The CamKids Trustees are pleased to report that our Annual Report and Accounts for 2016 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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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Australian School visit to CCC

A school in New South Wales in Australia, the Kinross Wolaroi School, has been supporting our CCC school in Kampong Speu province for a number of years through our GRADE program. 

This support includes contributions from every student, their parents and teachers to buy school supplies, uniform and bicycles for the students at CCC. 
This year two teachers led 10 Kinross students to volunteer at the CCC school, where they learned about the living condition of the sponsored students. 
The students were fully immersed in the daily routines of the children - teaching English, playing sports, games, eating meals together and experiencing the lives of the villagers in the CCC community. 
It was a tremendously valuable trip for all concerned, and we thanks the teachers and the students for their continuing commitment to our work in Cambodia.
We have a number of individual sponsorship packages available:
  • Friend - $15 / £10 per month to sponsor 1 child
  • Bronze - $25 / £20 per month to sponsor 2 children
  • Silver - $60 / £50 per month to sponsor 5 children
  • Gold - $120 / £100 per month to sponsor 10 children

If you are interested in becoming an Friend or Grade sponsor, please email us for more information and to receive the necessary forms. For Friends Sponsorship, a regular donation can be set up by following This Link.

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Monday, 6 February 2017

Winter 2016-17 Newsletter

 Reduced 2016 Newsletter Link to Dropbox

2016 was a turbulent year, for many reasons.  For CamKids, the effects of a falling pound, as a result of the UK's Brexit vote, has resulted in a fall in our income and reserves of around 15%.  Following a review of our funding objectives and effectiveness, we are now focusing on our own CCC school and other community projects in Kampong Speu, which are highlighted in our Winter 2016/17 Newsletter.  We now have six full-time Khmer teachers and a total of 382 students studying at CCC school from kindergarten to grade 6. 

Our aim is to run CCC as a full-capacity primary school - two classes at the seven grades we offer, i.e. a total of 480 pupils enrolled.  To be able to achieve this long term aim we need to build two more classrooms and it is also our ambition to build a library that will be a valuable resource for the children and the village – this is something for the future when the financial situation is more stable.

Please click on the link below and take a look at our latest Newsletter, which focuses on CCC School and our associated community projects. If you like what we are doing, why not set up a regular donation - no amount is too small and just £5 per month will achieve a great deal in Cambodia.  Remember, CamKids has no administration or fundraising costs - only Cambodians receive funds from the charity - every penny you raise therefore gets directly to the people 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 2017, 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. 

We wish you all a happy and successful 2017 and hope you enjoy the Newsletter.

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