Educational Institutions

Caring for Cambodia Inc

aka CFC

Austin, TX

Mission

Mission Statement:

Caring for Cambodia (CFC) believes that when knowledge cannot be handed down, it must be handed out. We partner with the Cambodian government to provide excellent public education today, making a difference for Cambodia's tomorrow. We create and sustain safe, modern, technologically equipped schools; mentor and professionally train teachers; provide supplies and resolve barriers to education. We keep kids in school and learning. CFC is breaking the cycle of poverty for thousands of families, through excellent public education

Caring for Cambodia (CFC) is a non-profit, non-governmental, charitable organization. Our mission is to ensure a better future for the next generation of Cambodian children by providing them with excellent education and economically meaningful life skills. Caring for Cambodia's work over 12 years has helped a generation of Cambodians overcome the devastating legacies of 20th century genocide and its aftermath. With the right support, they are developing into agents of change, capable of leading their country and their region towards a significantly brighter future.

In 2003, Jamie Amelio founded CFC with one school of 200 students in the province of Siem Reap. Today, Caring for Cambodia educates 6,600 children at 21 schools. We train their dedicated teachers, bolster their families, and enhance their communities--all with a clear-sighted goal to make sustainable changes in our students' lives.

Specifically, we focus on the school day and classroom learning; however, we quickly learned that if we worked with families and communities on health, nutrition, clean water and other basic needs, we could preempt barriers to learning, and dramatically increase student attendance, achievement, punctuality and retention. Our supportive programs address a range of problems and opportunities, in ways that help children to make the most of their school day, even as we introduce ever-more advanced teaching techniques and content.

Ruling Year

2007

Principal Officer

Jamie Catherine Amelio

Co Principal Officer

Natalie Bastow

Main Address

900 R R 620 South C101-304

Austin, TX 78734 USA

Keywords

Education, Children, Cambodia, Teaching, Learning, Schools, Community, Hygiene, Food Service

EIN

20-3645945

 Number

2223456533

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Teacher Training

Food For Thought

Girls Matter!

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Our Results

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Number of students enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

CFC

Context notes

CFC's student body has grown from 400 students in 2005 to over 6,600 currently. Students learn at 21 schools in Siem Reap.

Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

CFC

Context notes

CFC is a national leader in enrolling Cambodian children in preschool, preparing them to enter kindergarten. Early enrollment predicts young students' later retention and scholastic success.

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Caring for Cambodia's work at twenty-one schools over 13 years has helped a generation of Cambodians overcome the devastating legacies of 20th century genocide and its aftermath. With the right support, they are developing into agents of change, capable of leading their country and their region towards a significantly brighter future.

Our goals continue to be: 1) provide state-of-the art 21st century education to over 6,000 children in Siem Reap province through deep investment in teacher training and sustainable learning strategies; 2) equip CFC students with skills that will help them go on to employment that breaks the cycle of poverty; 3) create a nationally replicable model for excellence in Cambodian public education; and 4) transition to Cambodian leadership, with resources in place to support CFC education.
Specifically, we focus on the school day and classroom learning; however, we quickly learned that if we worked with families and communities on health, nutrition, clean water and other basic needs, we could preempt barriers to learning, and dramatically increase student attendance, achievement, punctuality and retention. Our supportive programs address a range of problems and opportunities, in ways that help children to make the most of their school day, even as we introduce ever-more advanced teaching techniques and content.
Some of these programs are:
Food For Thought: addresses the malnutrition and illness prevalent in Siem Reap province. This program is the cornerstone of our work, in that it builds the basic health of our students and makes their attendance at school a financial possibility for subsistence-based families.
Teacher Training: Effective teachers are at the heart of thriving schools. CFC's Teacher Training Program (TTP) began in 2004 with an innovative partnership between CFC's Cambodian teachers and international teachers based in Singapore and now advances the skills and knowledge of our own teachers and, by invitation, other teachers province-wide.
Health Education: As with hunger, illness will keep a child from learning. Good health begins with clean water, clean hands and clean teeth. Good habits formed early on ripple back to the family, and the community. CFC health and dental programs include access to clean water, dental and vision screenings, health education and much more.

Realizing these goals requires CFC to remain focused on the following strategies:
• Investing deeply in human resources: teacher training and leadership training
• Weaving sustainability into all CFC programming, looking for ways to amplify outcomes beyond the immediate result, and into enduring benefit. This includes opening teacher training to non-CFC educators to speed system-change, engaging local farmers and cooks in our daily meal program, sourcing equipment locally, and seeking to engage recent graduates as educators and staff at CFC schools.
• Supportive programming: We use creative problem-solving to reduce barriers to education such as malnutrition, transportation and gender inequities. This requires close attention to community and family dynamics that either hinder or foster educational achievement.
• Partnership with the national and provincial government, developed through carefully built trust, resulting in our shared goal of a state-of-the art educational system in Cambodia.
• Planned transition to Cambodian leadership, supported by robust infrastructure and investment to continue the work.
• Global approach to fundraising: awareness and fundraising events, contributions and volunteers come from over 39 countries.
• Research relationship with Lehigh University: collecting and analyzing the data on our programs and understanding the community dynamics as well as provincial and national statistics helps us to make program decisions that are rooted where we work and use international best practices in education.

1) Demonstrated history of working directly with over 6,000 highly vulnerable children living in conditions of poverty and basic need in a rural province in Cambodia;
2) Demonstrated results: over 60 % of our students go on to higher education, compared with ~30% nationally and our gender balance in high school is close to 50%.
3) Partnership with the Cambodian government's Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, as evidenced by our Memorandum of Understanding, and the Minister of Education declaring CFC the national model for Cambodia in June 2014.
4) We develop local leadership and skills, through close collaboration with our partners in the Cambodian education system, through teacher-training, mentor-teacher relationships and professional development.
5) Carefully built trust, respect and collaboration with local and global partners – Cambodian and international – demonstrated by our sister city agreement between Austin, TX, corporate partners in Singapore and volunteers from around the world.
6) Our leadership – in Siem Reap and internationally – is strong, focused and deeply committed to the project.
7) Our financial accountability is outstanding: we spend approximately 91 cents of each dollar raised directly on programs, and recently earned the Better Business Bureau Charity rating.

CFC measures impact annually through program evaluations and strategic planning sessions. We work with Lehigh University's School of Education to collect data and map our progress towards the impact we intend. Data collection took a leap forward in 2014, with the creation of a customized database with which CFC can track and cross-reference academic, health, and other indicators of achievement and wellbeing.

Each CFC program has particular goals. For instance, our teacher training program works to realize two overarching goals:
A. Teachers increase their range of skills and strategies, leading to improved student achievement;
B. CFC introduces internationally recognized best teaching practices to teachers regionally, setting the standard and creating a nationally replicable model.
Progress towards these goals is measured across several categories of metrics, including mentor teacher reporting, teacher self-reporting and administrative teaching reviews, government teacher attendance at CFC trainings, and implementation of CFC program design at non-CFC schools.
Overall, CFC works towards the following general areas of impact, tracking our progress annually:
• Students' academic achievement
• Students' skill-building in 21st century arenas such as ICT, soft- and hard workplace skills and problem solving.
• Student retention through graduation
• Students' higher education, training and employment following graduation
• Gender equity in all CFC programs
• Teacher skill-building and use of child-friendly strategies per UNESCO framework
• Sustainability of all CFC programs
• Increasing Cambodian leadership

CFC has come a long way in its first thirteen years. We have transformed education in Siem Reap in the following ways:
• Healthy and well-fed children
• CFC students enroll earlier than provincially or nationally, leading to sustained achievement
• Safe and well-equipped classrooms
• Teachers trained in international best-practices
• An equal gender ratio in the classroom
• One of the lowest dropout rates in the province
• Options and opportunities for students, post-graduation
• A global base of 4,000 supporters who have invested over 9 million US dollars in Cambodia since CFC began.

We are still working towards the following goals:
• Maintaining a less-than-10% drop out rate
• Enrolling all students by age 5
• Expanding IT by fully equipping computer labs, and integrating curriculum
• Provide arts and life skills programs at all CFC schools
• Over 75% of graduating students go on to higher education, jobs and/or training programs
• Integrate English Language learning throughout the curriculum
• Establish a 5 million dollar endowment fund
• Achieve sustainability through Cambodian management and partnership with the Cambodian government.

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Caring for Cambodia Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

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