To break the cycle of poverty, we must break the cycle of charity.

Cambodia is dependent on a privatised system of social support controlled by foreign charities.

We’re on a mission to change that.

Our Story

Our Journey began in 2007 when Tara Winkler and Pon Jedtha established CCT to help 14 children escape from a corrupt and abusive orphanage in Battambang. Initially, CCT was set up as an orphanage to provide children with a safe new home. Then they discovered that the children they had rescued from the orphanage weren’t actually orphans at all…

Reimagining Charity

The main problem with solving global poverty is how traditional charities try to help...

The Village Hive Project

The Village Hive Project is built on a foundation of collaborative community engagements with the goal of eliminating dependence on charity and restoring local sovereignty.

The Village Hive Project is building a public social protection system in Cambodia, run by local communities in Cambodia. Through an upstream approach, prioritising the strengthening of universal public services and building early intervention programs, it works to dismantle the root causes of poverty and raise the standard of living for entire communities.

Working ourselves out of a job

We are striving towards a goal that few organisations ever achieve – lasting systemic change and our own redundancy.

We are working towards establishing a Village Hive in all ten communes and 62 villages in Battambang District that is owned and operated independently by the local council. With one Village Hive being set up per year, we are set to achieve our own redundancy by 2032.

Come on the journey

Read life changing stories...

Aug 2023

Shining a light on CCT’s Unsung Heroes: Fiona Donato and Trish Doyle

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Jul 2023

Mum’s unwavering determination to bring her child home

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Jul 2023

Reunited with her family after 5 years living in an orphanage

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Jun 2023

Mum’s incredible story of battling cancer to stay with her kids

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Jun 2023

Landmine explosion survivor builds thriving business

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Aug 2022

The Trojan Horse of Development

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May 2022

140 kids prevented from losing their education

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Jan 2022

Shining a light on CCT’s Unsung Heroes: Darren Sterling

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Oct 2021

Support from CCT prevents 3 siblings from ending up in an orphanage

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Sep 2021

Healthcare, home renovation and social work help a family get back on their feet – Roth’s story

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Sep 2021

Financial coaching leads to independence – Bot’s story

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Jul 2021

From the streets to a businesswoman – Sreyleap’s Story

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Jun 2021

A fresh start for his family - Sila's Story

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Jun 2021

Chomnor’s Story – an update!

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Jun 2021

Out of abject poverty – Sineat’s Story

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May 2021

Shining a light on CCT’s unsung heroes: Tessa Anderssen

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May 2021

Community rallies around mother and son – Chreb and Yeab’s Story

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May 2021

“Families are starving…”
Sinet talks to ABCTV about COVID-19 in Cambodia

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Apr 2021

COVID-19 is ravaging Battambang in 2021

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Apr 2021

Families belong together – Bormey’s Story

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Sep 2020

Education for a Better Future

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Aug 2020

Financial sustainability for families in Cambodia

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May 2020

Voluntourism & Volunteering in Cambodia

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Mar 2020

Should I Sponsor a Child in Cambodia?

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May 2014

ABC Australian Story

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Feb 2024

Siblings inspiring transition from an orphanage to independent living

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Feb 2024

Landmine explosion survivor empowered to lift entire family out of poverty

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Feb 2024

How Ratana's new business led to daughter’s thriving education

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Feb 2024

Mao’s journey from struggling to afford water to saving $400 per month

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Feb 2024

Breaking the chains of poverty: Poung's story

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Feb 2024

How community-centric healthcare transformed Sothea’s journey with HIV

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Feb 2024

The microfinance silver bullet has backfired

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Feb 2024

How an orphanage survivor thrived after leg amputation

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Jul 2023

From adversity to triumph: How Sreyta's life keeps getting better and better

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