Annual Report

Annual Report 2021

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 two boys in 2021. For part of the year, Cambodian schools were closed by the government in response to the threat of the spread of Covid-19 but all students were able to study online.

During 2021, CCC’s activities were hampered by restrictions imposed by the Cambodian government in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Our ministry team had limited opportunities to travel, but the team held some meetings of church at the café using outdoor seating and started a weekly gathering in the Country Director’s home. CCC’s Executive Director continued the daily online Bible study for the team that he initiated in 2020.

CCC used online money transfer facilities to provide funds for the purchase of emergency food supplies for families prevented by lockdown from shopping at markets. We also made grants to sick, disabled and very poor people and supported the care of orphans.

We were pleased that towards the end of the year, the Cambodia for Christ sports ministry, which has in the past been effective in keeping teenage boys away from drugs and criminal gangs, was able to resume its programme of organising football teams (including a new team for girls) and providing evening classes to improve the standard of education of rural young people. CCC made the first in a series of regular grants to help pay for the running costs of this ministry.

Governance

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 CCC’s code of practice, internal financial controls, staff remuneration and safeguarding policies.

Public Benefit

Registered charities are required to benefit the public. In 2021, CCC provided benefit in the form of the payment of educational fees for children enrolled at schools in Cambodia. 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. We also benefited disadvantaged members of Cambodian society and young people at risk.

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

Finance

CCC’s income was sufficient to fulfil the student sponsorship commitments agreed by the trustees at the end of 2020.

We received a gift of £3,000 to be used at the Cambodia Country Director’s discretion. We have retained this money in the United Kingdom until restrictions end in Cambodia and the Country Director is free to start a new project.

Funding for administrative and promotional activities and the salaries of our two members of staff in Cambodia was provided by gifts from Council members and tax recovered in connection with undesignated gifts given through Gift Aid.

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 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 2022, the trustees’ objectives are:

  1. To continue the sponsorship of school children.
  2. To support the activities of the Cambodia for Christ sports ministry.
  3. To increase our provision of assistance to widows, orphans and the poor.
  4. To pursue CCC’s vision for the establishment of Timothy College and Business Institute.
  5. 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 in Cambodia.
  2. To contribute to an improvement in the standard of living of widows, orphans and the poor in Cambodia.
  3. To encourage public interest in Cambodia and financial support for ministry to its people.
  4. To mobilise prayer support for the people and church of Cambodia.
  5. 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 2021. 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 Paul Cornelius (until November 2021)
Member: Mrs Eileen Vale

Financial statement from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020

Accounts-2021