Schools for Children of Cambodia (SCC) is a UK registered charity. Initially we had our own development team based in Cambodia. We now realise that it is more cost effective and sustainable to help fund Cambodia-based organisations. SCC aims to improve access to and quality of education in Cambodia. SCC believes that every child has the right to a free and good-quality education. Education helps children develop the skills they need to make positive changes in their lives, and finally break free from poverty.
URGENT APPEAL FOR AFESIP CAMBODIA- PLEASE HELP RAISE £40,000 SHORTFALL
In May 2014 Newsweek published a report which severely damaged the reputation of Somaly Mam, a woman who even Simon Marks (a primary instigator of the damning stories) acknowledged had done enormous good. In June 2014 the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) withdrew all funding to AFESIP without notice. This decision was taken despite their awareness that AFESIP was reliant upon their funds, thus placing over 150 vulnerable children and women in immediate risk and danger.
for Children of Cambodia (SCC) Trustees have witnessed first-hand the dedicated
and effective work that AFESIP has carried out across Cambodia over many years.
We have maintained close contact with management at AFESIP throughout the
crisis. Staff have been open and transparent about the very real difficulty
they are in and continue to look for help and assistance from international
donors to try and secure the immediate safety and security of their vulnerable
In July 2014 one of AFESIP's key funders Project Futures put out a statement, ' __
Our Board of Directors requested the last three years of reporting
and audited account from AFESIP Cambodia which they handed over without
question. AFESIP has a robust reporting structure and gets their accounts
audited annually by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) Cambodia.'
In addition Project Futures were also given a report completed by
Urban Light Institute which was a programme audit funded by the US State
Department. To quote Projects Futures 'The contents of this report are
complementary to AFESIP's programmes and their impact on trafficked women plus
it suggested some minor areas for improvements. All feedback was taken
positively by AFESIP.' You can read this report in full here.
In September 2014 Somaly Mam
responded to the damning publicity received from SMF and both national and
international media. Marie Claire magazine published an interview with her. 'Marie Claire Magazine Investigates and
Rebuts Attacks on Somaly Mam' Click here to read this report as
it refutes many of the accusations directed at Somaly Mam over the past few
Somaly Mam's and AFESIP's priority has always been the safety and security of the children and women with whom they work. We urge you to help them in their current funding crisis by donating what you can to https://www.justgiving.com/afesip The people in the care of AFESIP do not deserve to be in the desperate situation in which they now find themselves.
A Question of Responsibilty
SCC guarantees that every
penny we receive from you will go to the frontline services in Cambodia.
If you wish to satisfy your concerns further re the importance of AFESIP's work
please visit their website at http://www.afesip.org/ You can view their Audited Financial Reports
and Annual Reports there. If you want any further information or want
to discuss the feasibility of starting your own fundraising events in support
of AFESIP please email SCC's Trustees at
Our thanks go to Guy Bailey who is fundraising for Schools For Cambodian Children by running the Angkor Empire Half Marathon. You can still make a donation at https://www.justgiving.com/Guy-Bailey1
Six committed volunteers ran the British 10k for SCC this year on Sunday 13th July. A huge thank-you goes to Alexsandro; Alex; Silvia; Andrew; Arlene and Dave (from left to right in the photo). They raised over £2000 which will be split between our four projects in Cambodia and will make a huge difference to the lives of many Cambodian children. Well done and thanks to all of you from the children in Cambodia!