Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) was co-founded by Jedtha Pon and Tara Winkler in 2007 to rescue 14 children from an abusive orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia. Since then, CCT has evolved from a rescue model to an empowerment model that’s revolutionising child protection.
The problem: downstream models
Across the world, child protection systems are focused on downstream, end-stage interventions, which cause children to unnecessarily end up in “the system” and subjected to trauma that stays with them for life.
That is not child protection.
The solution: look upstream…
CCT has an upstream model of child protection called the Village Hive that prioritises prevention and early intervention.
It is being integrated into public systems in Cambodian villages to achieve:
- Community-driven child protection
- Prevention of trauma
- Empowerment through shifting power
- Lasting, systemic change
At only $10 per person, per annum it is a cost-effective model for Cambodian communities.
Our track record
Over the last 14 years, countless families have reached self-reliance and exited our programs, our social enterprise restaurant Jaan Bai is run by local Khmer youth and our computing program has been fully integrated into the national curriculum and is delivered by the public education system.
Actionable exit strategies are built into all we do. Our success is defined by our work living on in the hands of the community to create sustainable, systemic change.
Ride Along with CCT Social Workers on the ground, putting the unique model into action.