Organization: Cambodia Child’s Dream Organization (CCDO)
Approved Grant (through donor advised fund): $900.00
Designation: Refurbish 5 water wells, build 2 new latrines, provide seeds + fruit trees, and community workshop + comic books to educate against child trafficking
Our Experience: This is our very first project, and so it is very special to us. We found CCDO to be extremely transparent to work with, they supplied photos and detailed field reports. Also their communication turn-around is very fast.
Due Diligence: When reviewing their tax return and financials, their expenses appear to be bare minimum, and their officer salary expense is 0. They seem to manage donor resources extremely prudently.
Their reviews on Guide Star are plentiful and stellar.
Additional Notes: The families receive instruction on how to maintain their wells, and have water, sanitation & hygiene lessons. The wells are built for families, and can also be used by neighbors too.
If you like the work of CCDO and want more information on donating and setting up your own projects, you can do so at the CCDO donation page.
For the project documentation, below we have for the water wells and latrines. We should have photos of the anti-trafficking workshop in a few weeks, and will make a follow up post then.
Project Photos and Summaries of Field Reports:This well serves a 5 member family. The father had immigrated to Thailand to work. Initially he would send money back to support his family in Cambodia. However, lately money has not been sent back, and there has been no information as to his whereabouts. The mother takes upon the full responsibilities of the family.
Prior to the refurbishment of this well, the mother had borrowed money from their neighbor to build a well, which had problems and broke very often. They had to walk 10 minutes for a source of water.
The family is very excited to have this working well and said they will look after it well for a very long time.
This well serves a 4-member household, and there are 7 people who will use the well. The father of the family had passed away. There is a disabled son, who the mother looks after 24/7. The mother has all other responsibility for the household as well. Their income is very limited. They are very happy to now have a working well!
This well serves a 7-member household, 3 adults and 4 children. 9 people will use the well. Their living conditions are difficult, and sometimes don’t have enough money to pay for food or rice. Their old well was broken, and so they were very excited to get this.
This well serves a 4-member family, and a total of 8 people will use the well. Prior to the refurbishment of this well, they had to walk 10 minutes for a source of water. The family lives in a small wooden house, and work is sporadic.
This latrine serves a family of 4. Prior to its construction, the family had to defecate in a field far from their house. Sometimes they would dig the land or go in the forest. During rainy season they were more disease-prone as a result. They are happy to get this new latrine, which will enable them to have good sanitation and improve the health of their family.
This latrine serves a family of 4. They are unskilled farmers, so sometimes they grow rice and vegetables with good output, and other times with very little output – not enough to support the family.