Donors and their Projects
CAD could not operate without the support of international donors and is proud to have developed strong partnerships which include:
- Navitas and Classroom of Hope (Australia)
- Future Sense Foundation (UK)
- Smaller Individual Donors as below:
Lis Dingjan Ek Phnom Shop project
Lis Dingjan is a Dutch-Australian who runs a social enterprise providing job opportunities and environmental education in the Ek Phnom district. The studio is a safe space for local skills, training and workshops. All products are sustainable and include:
- Natural products made from recovered linen and 100% hemp
- Traditional weaving with various local materials
- Coconut oil & buttons
Photo: Using locally sourced products to weave into bags
Many families in this area live off less than $100 per month and this barely supports a family, let alone offers any chance to escape poverty. One Family is an Australian volunteer group that focuses on providing small grants to one family at a time. By providing materials, food and health care, they can make a big difference in the lives of Cambodians. Below are some examples of One Family beneficiaries.
- Provide new bicycles for children who live a long way from school.
- Fund soccer training, sewing and dance classes.
- Build houses for homeless families with children.
- Purchase water filters.
Nang lived with his grandmother in a shack next to the road. During rainy season, their home flooded and they had to sleep on the road. His parents had gone to Thailand, taking his four brothers and sisters with them. One Family provided equipment for fishing, a bicycle and also a monthly supply of food for the family and now their situation is much better and Nang plans to go to secondary school.
To find out more about children helped by Classroom of Hope and One Family, see Programs and Success Stories - Children.
Days for Girls Bridgetown
In Cambodia, women do not have access to sanitary products and girls often stay home from school when they have their periods. Days for Girls is an international program designed to teach women how to make hygiene kits for poor women and children living in rural communities.
In February 2019, a Days for Girls team from Bridgetown (Australia) spent two weeks in Battambang training women how to make the kits. Days for Girls have committed to continue to support this program (provide training in schools and make free kits for distribution) until it becomes self-sustaining.
Photo: This woman was trained to make Days for Girls hygiene kits
Mr Chi Him Samual Hui
Mr Samual provided funds to relocate the Ek Phnom shop in 2019 and also provides salary for the weaver. He is from Hong Kong and has supported CAD since 2015.
Wheelchairs for Kids (Rose Morgan)
In 2020 an Australian donor, Rose Morgan agreed to fund a "Wheelchairs for Kids" project in Battambang. This is a much needed project as many of the disabled children in rural areas are severely disadvantaged and cannot go to school. This is a new project…………..more information to follow!
In 2018, a Belgian NGO called VVOB selected five NGOs to receive sub-grants to provide gender equitability training in schools alongside their staff. This is a three year project and will be phased out in October 2020.
An English doctor, Simon Stock and his family, live and work in Cambodia and are doing some great work in the community. They knew that one of the major health issues is lack of access to clean drinking water and that a lot of families get their water from the river and boil it before drinking, or buy water bottles. Both methods are costly and dehydration amongst children is common. Simon’s son-in-law, Davey, started a program to provide water filters to remote homes and began his project in Peas, a remote community.
After a lot of trial and error, Davey found that the most effective filters were biosand water filters (manufactured locally) combined with Sawyer filters (from the USA). The whole packages costs just US$50 and produces water to World Health Organization standards; validated by their in-house water testing facility. The big advantage of biosand filters is that they have a very long life-span (over 10 years) and don't get clogged easily. It is essential that they are used daily so they are only offered to families who show an interest in learning how to look after them. The team carries out follow up visits on each filter 3 times in the first year, (after 1 month, 6 months and 12 months) to make sure the filters are being used correctly. The results of this project are clear - one water filter results in savings of up to US$30 per month which can be spent instead on nutritious food, and people are healthier and not suffering diarrhea and stomach complaints.
The people of Peas are extremely poor and make around $2 or $3 a day as casual agricultural workers. The above house is typical of dwellings in Peas – it is so flimsy that the water filter had to be put outside. In 2016, One Family provided US$400 to buy 10 filters and another $750 was provided in 2017.
Dr Simon Stock
Dr Simon Stock is a member of the CAD Governing Board and his family have been long term supporters of CAD programs. During 2019 ACT ministries, in partnership with CAD, continued to hold regular community clinics in both Peas village and Prek Drob. ACT have been able to reduce the frequency of the clinics to every 2 months as a result of building up long-term relationships with the communities. In Peas, ACT saw a total of 308 patients of whom 37 were children (under 16 years old). At Prek Drob the total was 338 with 35 children. ACT has noticed a steady increase in the number of diabetic patients seen at Peas following the community screening undertaken in 2016. As a result ACT often holds separate diabetic clinics to allow them to spend more time on healthcare education. In Stung Ja Village ACT has provided 198 families with Sawyers water filters. In Peas village 132 families have received biological sand filters and these are now being replaced with Sawyer filters.
Photo:Dr Stock always has a queue of patients at his monthly clinic.