Caring for Cambodia (CFC) is educating a generation of Cambodian children today, to make a difference for Cambodia’s tomorrow. Our schools are safe, modern and technologically equipped. We train teachers, provide tools, and remove barriers to learning. We build Cambodian leadership to guide and sustain these schools, so that generations of CFC graduates can reach their highest potential and make valuable contributions to their community.
Cambodia is a country deeply scarred by mass genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 – 1979, a tragedy that killed an estimated 1.7 million people. Targeted in the genocide were the country’s educated class and its professionals, leaving the nation and future generations with few role models as its people worked first to survive, and then to rebuild.
When Founder Jamie Amelio first visited Cambodia in 2003, she discovered a country rich in culture, history and beauty, but desperately lacking educational mentors. Caring for Cambodia (CFC) was founded later that same year, and with the support of over 4,000 financial supporters and a team of over 250 committed volunteers, CFC now provides a world class education to children from pre-school through high school.
In 2003, Caring for Cambodia (CFC) started with one primary school, 350 children and a small group of volunteers. Since then, CFC has grown into a unique non-profit organization with the following highlights:
- 21 schools (preschool through high school)
- 6,600 students enrolled
- 300 faculty and staff
- 9 main programs including English as a Second Language, Food for Thought, Career Preparation, Health Education, Girls Matter!, and Teacher Training.
- Decreased dropout rates: CFC’s primary dropout rate is only 2% compared to the national rate of 11% and the province rate of 16%
- Alumni success: 63% of CFC graduates go on to higher education or are in the workforce; of these, 33% go on to college, compared to less than 16% nationally
- Gender equality: CFC schools are 50% male, 50% female.
- State-of-the art lesson plans
- Over 500 teachers trained
- Earliest preschool enrollment in Cambodia
Caring for Cambodia (CFC) strives to make it possible for every Cambodian child to attend school from preschool to 12th grade, to graduate with the skills required for higher education or for obtaining meaningful employment, enabling them to become productive citizens and give back to their communities. CFC’s long term goals are:
- To make higher education an attainable choice
- To improve early childhood education
- To create a sustainable system that will be run by Cambodia
Helping Kids Learn
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Caring for Cambodia is a non-profit (501(c) 3), non-governmental, charitable organization committed to ensuring a high-quality education for 6,600 children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We train their teachers, provide clean and child-friendly classrooms, and the essentials for their health and welfare.