Annual Report 2019
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 2019.
CCC continued its 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 began to explore the possibility of working with the Cambodia for Christ sports ministry, which has been effective in keeping teenage boys away from drugs and criminal gangs, and a church in the same locality.
Ms Huot Chanthoeun, Cambodia Country Director of CCC, was seconded part-time to 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 held in December 2019.
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 and safeguarding policies.
Owing to a change in policy, the provider of banking services to CCC in Cambodia decided that as CCC was not registered as an international non-governmental organisation in Cambodia it could no longer keep open CCC’s account. The funds in the account were disbursed and it was closed. CCC now sends funds directly to beneficiaries from a bank account in the United Kingdom.
Registered charities are required to benefit the public. In 2019, CCC provided benefit in the form of the payment of educational fees for four 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.
CCC does not discriminate between potential beneficiaries on the basis of their religion.
By seconding its Country Director to the Living Hope in Christ Church, Operation Christmas Child and other organisations, CCC provided benefit to the public by helping to facilitate those organisations’ humanitarian assistance projects.
CCC’s income was sufficient to fulfil the student sponsorship commitments agreed by the trustees at the end of 2018.
Funding for administrative and promotional activities and the salary of the Country Director 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.
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 2020 the trustees’ objectives are:
- To continue the sponsorship of school children.
- To contribute to the evangelism of children, particularly through AWANA Cambodia.
- To support the activities of the Cambodia for Christ sports ministry.
- To provide assistance to widows, orphans and the poor.
- To pursue CCC’s vision for the establishment of Timothy College and Business Institute.
- 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 in Cambodia.
- To contribute to an improvement in the standard of living of widows, orphans and the poor in Cambodia.
- 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 Paul Cornelius
Member: Mrs Eileen Vale (from 13 July 2019)
Member Emeritus: Mr Anthony Nixon