New Future for Children is a children’s center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, founded in early 2003 to provide for the needs of children ages 2 to 18 at the center and 19+ at the Midway House who would otherwise be fending for themselves. Some of the children have lost their parents to AIDS. Currently there are 35 children being cared for and protected by a dedicated Cambodian staff at NFC and 15 being supported at Midway House.
Along with providing housing, three meals a day, clothing and medical care, NFC offers several in-house educational programs, including 3-hours of English class and 1 hour of computer class per day. Other activities include traditional Khmer music and dance classes, life skills workshops, a movie class and internships.
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Our group of volunteers worked on a variety of different projects with the same overall aim: to give young people the skills they need to succeed once they have left the NFC centre.
One aspect of this was a CV clinic, which focused on ensuring that the students knew how to create a high quality CV for their future job applications. Our volunteers also held interview techniques classes and budgeting lessons, to give the children the skills they need to survive outside the orphanage. This led to us being invited to run a 3 hour workshop on these topics at Attitude Centre for Education (ACE), attended by children and students from five different NGOs.
Another priority was organising university visits for the older students, to open their minds to the possibilities open to them. At each university visit, the young adults were enthusiastic and full of questions, and passionate about discussing how they could work to form their futures.
Our volunteers successfully found work experience for four of the young adults at NFC. Savings accounts were also opened for two of the children who have a small income, yet nowhere to store their money safely.
On top of all this, each volunteer was assigned a number of students within the orphanage to mentor. The children discussed their worries and concerns, future ambitions and career options, academic achievements and previous employment, and volunteers added this to a stored record of the student’s aspirations and needs. This provides vital information to help Golden Futures target support to where it is most needed.
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August has been one of the most important months for volunteers at NFC, as the orphanage has been blessed with a record-breaking 15 volunteers from the UK based charities ‘Golden Futures’and ‘InterVol’. Golden Futures was set up in 2007 as a way of providing support to orphaned and vulnerable young adults in Cambodia making the transition from NGO care into the adult world. Through the micro-finance model the children can apply for interest free loans, providing them with the independence and confidence to succeed in business or university. Additionally, Golden Futures volunteers have brought together all the reports of the children, aiding their CV’s and searching Phnom Penh for invaluable work experience, which can make the difference between the children making it into University or not. Our seven all female team from Birmingham represent InterVol, a charity which encourages sustainable development around the world. The group managed to raise an astonishing $1,500 that has gone directly into the orphanage. This, combined with their hands on teaching has provided the children with the intensive one-on-one experience they need in developing their English and other subjects.
The collaboration of two large groups was potentially a logistical nightmare for Chris Merritt, Suon Socheat and Joe Bull; but their invaluable experience provided a clear direction for the volunteers. It has been an exciting month in the orphanage with a workload completed that has rarely been seen.
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