Our Charity Partners
Cambodian Children’s Fund
When Hollywood marketing executive Scott Neeson embarked on a sabbatical between jobs in 2003, he couldn’t have imagined how it would change his life. Scott had left his role as President of 20th Century Fox to head Sony Pictures marketing operations. In Phnom Penh, Scott saw hundreds of children and their families living and working on the Steung Meanchey garbage dump, one of the most toxic environments imaginable. Scott faced a dilemma – could he go back to his Hollywood lifestyle and forget what he saw, or would he be able to give it all up to try and make a difference to the children of Cambodia?
Soon after, Scott resigned from him job, sold all of his possessions and founded the Cambodian Children’s Fund. Twelve years later CCF has grown from caring for 45 children living on the garbage dump, to more than 2,200 kids working towards a better future for themselves.
Cambodian Children’s Fund transforms the country’s most impoverished kids into tomorrow’s leaders, by delivering education, family support and community development programs into the heart of Cambodia’s most destitute communities. Through a range of programs that focus on six core areas – Education, Leadership, Community Outreach, Healthcare, Childcare and Vocational Training – CCF takes a holistic approach to providing a pathway out of poverty for students and their families.
The Pyjama Foundation was founded in 2004 to make a positive impact on the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable children. Alarmed at the statistics highlighting the poor literacy and numeracy levels of some 43,000 children in care, and how this contributes to a lifetime of disadvantage, Founder Bronwyn Sheehan was determined to make a difference. Bronwyn developed a program to ease some of the pressures on foster carers and empower these children to achieve positive outcomes.
The Pyjama Foundation has a learning-based mentoring program called the Love of Learning Program, which involves matching one adult with one child. Volunteers, called ‘Pyjama Angels’, are matched with a child in foster care, and they visit the same child every week, for 1.5 hours to read books aloud, play educational games and work on their numeracy skills. The volunteers help children develop their learning skills and perhaps more importantly, demonstrate that the child is valued as an individual.
Foster kids are removed from their original homes for their own safety, and have often missed out on many positive experiences life has to offer. This pool of children also has the worst educational outcomes of any group of children in Australia, with 92% of children in foster care having below average reading skills by the time they are only seven years of age, and it is a struggle for them to catch up. The single most important activity you can do to improve your children’s literacy skills is to read book aloud to them. So that is what The Pyjama Foundation does.
The Safe Childhoods Foundation
Safe Childhoods was established with the aim to prevent and protect children from child abuse, support their recovery and strengthen child protection systems in developing countries – starting with Indonesia. Crimes against children that the Safe Childhoods Foundation focus on are Child Sex Tourism, Child Pornography and Child Trafficking – protecting our most vulnerable through education, campaigns including events, workshops and diplomatic policy discussion. Alongside their efforts to prevent these atrocities, Safe Childhoods have plans to establish a Safe House for children rescued from the sex industry.
One of the Safe Childhoods initiatives is the Bali Mother and Baby House. Being a developing country, there is still huge number of woman and teens with minimum knowledge of their reproductive system and pregnancy prevention. This lack of education and knowledge contributes to the number of babies abandoned, and found deceased. Many will be rape and incest babies, deformed or disabled, or born into extreme poverty.
The Bali Baby and Mother House was developed to provide continuous education to young woman and teens, which will help them to prevent unwanted pregnancy and will encourage desperate mothers to safely surrender their baby, rather than abandon them. The Bali Baby and Mother House has the facilities to temporarily care for abandoned babies in a loving and safe environment.