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Great work, Daro!

By | October 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Daro is one of the highest achieving students at CFI. He is a 12-year-old student who has been with CFI since 2015 and has just finished grade 6 at Prek Chhdor Primary School. After school, he comes to the Learning Center, where CFI provides extra classes in Khmer, Math, English, and Computer skills to students [...]

When No News is Good News

By | October 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Last month, CFI celebrated Pchum Ben, a week-long national holiday for Cambodians to pay respect to their ancestors. During Pchum Ben, people working away from home will travel to their home village to spend time with their family and make offerings of food, robes, candles, and incense to monks at the local temples. According to [...]

Community Leaders in Child Safety

By | September 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

At the end of last month, Children’s Future held a meeting to promote the Child Safe Network with several key local stakeholders, including the Deputy Governor of Ek Phnom District, District Women and Children Consultative Committees (WCCC), the Preak Noren Commune Chief, the Peam Ek Commune Chief, the Commune Committee for Women and Children (CCWC), [...]

Saroeung’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

By | August 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

If one were to choose three qualities that best describe Saroeung, a former student currently working as CFI’s Finance Assistant, they would have to be hard-working, entrepreneurial, and independent. When she’s not overseeing CFI’s finances, Saroeung is a full-time student of Management at Build-Bright University and also works part-time as an English teacher with Seed, [...]

Success Starts at Home

By | August 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

In 2011 when the Heng family began working with CFI, they lived in dangerously dilapidated housing on the outskirts of Battambang and often lacked enough food for all six of the family members. The mother, Sreyoun, was the primary source of income for the family, and, even with her eldest daughter working part-time at a [...]

CFI’s Positive Behavior Framework

By | June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Pictured Above: The school manager, Samith, checks in with a student who had recently overcome behavioral issues. CFI provides a safe environment for at-risk children and young adults living in poverty to develop the skills necessary to succeed in life. Social skills and emotional control are an essential foundation that need to be re-built when children [...]

Sitha’s 180

By | June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Sitha* is a hard-working grade 11 student taking English and computer classes with CFI. After her mother passed away, Sitha had severe difficulties with her caretakers; today, she is in CFI’s Independent Living program, which allows her to concentrate on her studies and well-being. Despite the difficulties she has faced, she continues to grow academically [...]

Unintended Consequences

By | June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

In development, as in most fields, unintended consequences are inevitable. The true test is how an organization handles those consequences. Children’s Future dealt with one such issue this month, when Kimhour, a 13-year-old grade 6 student, stopped attending her after school classes at the learning center. Until recently, Kimhour’s family was receiving monthly rice stipends [...]

Data Driven Social Work

By | June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

We often talk about the great work being done for the children of Battambang, and now we finally have the data to back it up. This month, CFI supporter Nikki Bernabe (MSW Candidate, U. Denver), shared the findings of her evaluation of Children’s Future’s social work program. The impact evaluation analyzed a sample of Children’s [...]

Safety First During the Holidays

By | May 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

April 14th marked the most important holiday in Cambodian culture: Khmer New Year. The week-long break is full of festivities, games, and, most importantly, family reunions. However, in the rural areas of Battambang, the New Year break is a time when many children go missing. Because of the proximity to the Thai border, the lack [...]