Annual Report 2017
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 2017.
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 2017. 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.
In December 2017, two 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 a province near the Thai border;
- identification of a possible plot of land for Timothy College and Business Institute, CCC’s planned college of further and higher education in Cambodia;
- monitoring of the Children of Cambodia project;
- selection of an additional child to receive educational sponsorship in 2018;
- meetings with several men and women whose university and college education had been sponsored by CCC and who were now propsering in their chosen careers;
- strengthening of links with existing partners and forming new relationships.
In November 2017, CCC’s council agreed to appoint a mission co-ordinator in Cambodia. Designated funding was available so that no funds would be diverted from existing projects. The person appointed would monitor and contribute to CCC’s projects and act as the Council’s eyes and ears in Cambodia. She would also be seconded part-time to CCC’s partner the Living Hope in Christ Church, Phnom Penh, to receive training and to participate in their outreach programmes. Ms Huot Chanthoeun was appointed to this post and she began her duties on 1 December.
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 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 CCC’s internal financial controls.
Registered charities are required to benefit the public. In 2017, 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:
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.
CCC does not discriminate between potential beneficiaries on the basis of their religion.
CCC’s income in 2017 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 manages it. Income was sufficient to fulfil the student sponsorship commitments agreed by the trustees at the end of 2016.
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.
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 and Business Institute;
- to maintain its operations in Cambodia during a period of heightened tension and potential civil unrest which may arise in connection with the general election in 2018 and action taken by the government against the main opposition party.
In 2018 the Trustees’ objectives are:
- To continue the Children of Cambodia project.
- To continue the sponsorship of school children.
- To raise funds for the establishment of Timothy College and Business Institute. The first priority will be to purchase a plot of land.
- 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 2017. 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 (until July 2017)
Member: Rev Ross Rennie *
Member: Mr Julian Reynolds *
Member Emeritus: Mr Anthony Nixon