Annual Report 2016

Achievements

Cambodian Communities out of Crisis (CCC) continued its programme of sponsoring children enrolled at private schools in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. CCC paid all or part of the school fees for two girls and three boys in 2016.

CCC’s Children of Cambodia project, which started in 2008 as the Dump Kids project, makes it possible for fifteen children from extremely low-income families to attend school and receive a cooked meal each day. CCC provides funds to meet the expenses of the children attending state schools and the purchase of food and gas for cooking. A local church pastor supervises the project, monitors the children’s progress and organises the feeding programme. All the children made satisfactory progress at school in 2016. The project not only contributes to the children’s education and nutrition but also provides them with a safe place to meet socially out of reach of drug dealers and pimps.

CCC paid a contribution to the first year’s fee for one female student to enrol in a university undergraduate course.

In October 2016, three members of CCC’s Council visited Cambodia. Highlights of the visit were:

  • opportunities to preach and teach in a Cambodian church and a gathering of church leaders;
  • participation in an outreach to an unreached people group;
  • identification of a partner with whom CCC can take forward its vision for Timothy College, a college of further and higher education in Cambodia;
  • monitoring of the Children of Cambodia project;
  • strengthening of links with existing partners and forming new relationships.

Having identified a partner which shares CCC’s vision for Timothy College, we now look forward to making progress with this project, which will require a substantial budget.

Governance

CCC is governed by a Council, of whom five members are trustees. No Council member receives any payment for his or her services. CCC does not employ any staff.

The major risks to which CCC is exposed, as identified by the trustees, and the systems in place to mitigate those risks were reviewed during the year. The trustees also reviewed CCC’s internal financial controls.

Public Benefit

Registered charities are required to benefit the public. In 2016, CCC provided benefit in the form of the payment of educational fees for five children enrolled at schools and one student enrolled at university in Cambodia and the provision of meals for children participating in the Children of Cambodia project. The section of the public qualifying for the benefit consisted of:

  1. Cambodian children receiving high-quality education at private schools in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    CCC provided sponsorship to students whose families could not afford to pay the fees for their children to attend private schools. CCC considers applications for sponsorship on the basis of availability of funds, need (i.e., the inability of an applicant’s parents to pay fees), the likelihood of the applicant completing the course of study and the reputation of the institution at which the applicant wishes to study.

  2. Cambodian children at risk of suffering malnutrition or being required to work.

    Children are selected according to the level of their families’ income.

  3. A student enrolled in a university course.

    The student did not have sufficient funds to pay the full fee.

CCC does not discriminate between potential beneficiaries on the basis of their religion.

Finance

CCC’s income in 2016 was sufficient to run the Children of Cambodia project throughout the year and to fulfil the student sponsorship commitments agreed by the trustees at the end of 2015.

Funding for administrative and promotional activities was provided by gifts from Council members and tax recovered in connection with undesignated gifts given through Gift Aid, thus ensuring that no funds given by CCC’s donors were diverted from work in Cambodia.

The trustees are conscious of the need to use as much as possible of donated income for activities of direct benefit to the people of Cambodia and elsewhere. CCC’s operations continue to be conducted by volunteers in an effort to minimise overheads. Council members bear some administrative and travel costs personally.

The Future

As a charity undergirded by Christian principles and one that seeks to operate by faith in Almighty God, CCC faces a number of challenges and opportunities:

  • to trust God for the provision of sufficient funds to maintain and develop the Children of Cambodia project and the sponsorship of school children;
  • to seek God’s provision of substantial additional funding for the purchase of land for Timothy College;
  • to maintain its operations in Cambodia during a period of heightened tension and potential civil unrest at the times of commune and general elections in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

In 2017 the Trustees’ objectives are:

  1. To continue the Children of Cambodia project.
  2. To continue the sponsorship of school children.
  3. To make the needs of Cambodia and the work of CCC more widely known.

CCC’s medium- and long-term objectives are:

  1. To help provide improved access to primary and secondary education for children from low-income families.
  2. To raise funds for the establishment Timothy College. The first priority will be to purchase a plot of land.
  3. To seek outlets in the United Kingdom and elsewhere for products produced by women and men who have been rescued from human trafficking by Agape International Missions (AIM) and now work in AIM’s garment factories.
  4. To obtain funding for evangelistic, teaching, training, cross-cultural mission, humanitarian assistance and development projects initiated by the Cambodian church.
  5. To encourage public interest in Cambodia and financial support for ministry to its people.
  6. To mobilise prayer support for the people and church of Cambodia.
  7. To respond to any direction from the Lord to engage in other ministry in Cambodia or elsewhere.

Trustees and Council Members

The following were members of the Council during 2016. Trustees are denoted by an asterisk (*).

Chairman: Mr Russel Bowyer *
Director: Mr Myers Cooper *
Member: Mr Austin Allkins *
Member: Mrs Sandra Bowyer
Member: Rev Derek Long
Member: Rev Ross Rennie *
Member: Mr Julian Reynolds *
Member Emeritus: Mr Anthony Nixon

Financial statement from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016

Note
Bank Balances at 1 January 2016
HSBC Bank current account 28.41
HSBC Bank deposit account 0.80
Cathay United Bank current account 1,536.95
Stewardship deposit account 11,563.61
13,129.77
Receipts
Donations (restricted funds) 260.66
Donations (unrestricted funds) 10,309.93
Payments from web sites 17.97 1
Gift Aid 1,346.48
11,935.04
Interest 85.84
85.84
12,020.88
25,150.65
Payments: Cambodia
Student education 3,635.94
Children of Cambodia project 5,693.21
9,329.15
Bank charges 30.27
Exchange differences -9.40 2
20.87
UK Overheads
Promotion 0.00
Administration 30.00
Postage, telephone, Internet 42.63
Travel 0.00
Information Commissioner 35.00
Subscriptions 110.00
Bank Charges 226.74
444.37
9,794.39
15,356.26
Bank Balances at 31 December 2016
HSBC Bank current account 1.549.99
HSBC Bank deposit account 0.80
Cathay United Bank current account 2,156.02
Stewardship deposit account 11,649.45
15,356.26

Notes

  1. Easyfundraising donations
  2. Variations in the value of funds held in US$ in the Cathay United Bank current account arising from fluctuating $-£ exchange rates

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