Annual Report 2018
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 two boys in 2018.
CCC’s Council decided to terminate CCC’s involvement in the Children of Cambodia project, which started in 2008 as the Dump Kids project, at the end of the year. This project had made it possible for fifteen children from extremely low-income families to attend school and receive a cooked meal each day. CCC provided funds to meet the expenses of the children attending state schools and the purchase of food and gas for cooking. A local church pastor supervised the project, monitored the children’s progress and organised the feeding programme. The project not only contributed to the children’s education and nutrition but also provided them with a safe place to meet socially out of reach of drug dealers and pimps. The Council assessed that the project had achieved its objective of supporting the neediest families in the district served. Their standard of living had improved and they were now better able to take responsibility for their children’s wellbeing.
CCC entered into a partnership with AWANA Cambodia. AWANA is a worldwide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Bible-based evangelism and discipleship solutions for children aged 2-18. CCC agreed to help AWANA Cambodia with the costs of training and adaptation of materials into Khmer language and culture.
The Council agreed to investigate the possibility of CCC providing assistance to widows and orphans.
Ms Huot Chanthoeun continued to act as CCC’s mission co-ordinator in Cambodia. As well as being seconded part-time to CCC’s partner the Living Hope in Christ Church, Phnom Penh, Ms Chanthoeun also worked with AWANA Cambodia, Operation Christmas Child and the organising committee for the Love Phnom Festival, an evangelistic crusade to be held in November 2019. In November 2018, Ms Chanthoeun was appointed as Country Director of CCC.
CCC is governed by a Council, of whom four members are trustees. No Council member receives any payment for his or her services. CCC does not employ any staff in the United Kingdom.
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 and amended as necessary CCC’s code of practice, internal financial controls, staff remuneration policy and safeguarding policies.
Registered charities are required to benefit the public. In 2018, CCC provided benefit in the form of the payment of educational fees for four children enrolled at schools 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:
- 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.
- Cambodian children at risk of suffering malnutrition or being required to work.
Children were selected according to the level of their families’ income.
CCC does not discriminate between potential beneficiaries on the basis of their religion.
CCC’s income in 2018 fell short of the budgeted amount allocated to the Children of Cambodia project and the Council were grateful for the supplementary contribution made to this project by the church pastor who managed it. Income was sufficient to fulfil the student sponsorship commitments agreed by the trustees at the end of 2017.
Funding for administrative and promotional activities and the salary of the Mission Co-ordinator/ Country Director 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.
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 for the ministries the Council believe He has led CCC to support;
- to seek God’s provision of substantial additional funding for the purchase of land for Timothy College and Business Institute;
- to be sensitive to the political situation in Cambodia;
- to ensure that funds sent to Cambodia are used for charitable purposes and not abstracted for corrupt or fraudulent purposes.
In 2019 the trustees’ objectives are:
- To continue the sponsorship of school children.
- To contribute to the evangelism of children, particularly through AWANA Cambodia.
- To investigate how CCC might help widows and orphans.
- To raise funds for the establishment of Timothy College and Business Institute. The first priority will be to purchase a plot of land.
- To encourage prayer support in the United Kingdom for the Love Phnom Penh festival.
- To make the needs of Cambodia and the work of CCC more widely known.
CCC’s medium- and long-term objectives are:
- To help provide improved access to primary and secondary education for children from low-income families.
- 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.
- To encourage public interest in Cambodia and financial support for ministry to its people.
- To mobilise prayer support for the people and church of Cambodia.
- 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 2018. Trustees are denoted by an asterisk (*).
Chairman Mr Russel Bowyer *
Executive Director Mr Myers Cooper *
International Director Rev Ross Rennie *
Member Mr Austin Allkins *
Member Mrs Sandra Bowyer
Member Mr Julian Reynolds (until July 2018)
Member Mr Paul Cornelius (from July 2018)
Member Emeritus Mr Anthony Nixon