Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT), co-founded by Tara Winkler and Pon Jedtha, is a non-profit child protection organisation based in Battambang, Cambodia that prevents children from facing adversity.

Our holistic, community-led Village Hive model empowers families and achieves transformational change for vulnerable children, giving them opportunities to reach their full potential in life.

With your help, we can reach hundreds more families with the Village Hive model.


CCT in numbers

Over 600 children and their families

36 villages across Cambodia 

A team of 150+ Cambodians

A community model

Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) is at the forefront of the care reform movement in Cambodia and setting the blueprint for community-led, preventative child protection.

CCT’s Village Hive model has been developed through a ‘pilot, learn and grow’ approach over 12 years in Cambodia. It has evolved with the principle that the communities and families are the experts in their own lives. The knowledge and wisdom of how best to protect children and ensure their ongoing wellbeing lies within the community. CCT’s Village Hive taps into local wisdom by mobilising community networks that drive child protection initiatives in their village. It also brings vital services into villages, so that children and their families have access to all the support they need to thrive.

We are currently working in villages across Battambang; with your help, we can reach hundreds more families with the Village Hive model.

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Protecting children by
empowering families

CCT’s Cambodian social workers are currently working with more than 600 children and their families. A rigorous focus on child safety and wellbeing is maintained using a social work approach called ‘Signs of Safety’. A technique called ‘Appreciate Inquiry’ helps families think through problems and create their own solutions.

CCT’s social workers partner with vulnerable families to build support networks around them to co-create safety and empowerment plans. The plans ensure families are equipped to meet the challenges in their lives and children have opportunities to thrive.

Building long term support networks can only be achieved through consistent support from our monthly donors.

An 'upstream' approach

In Cambodia, the process has begun to transform child protection from orphanages to a system that supports families and communities first.

CCT’s Village Hive is a preventative model of child protection with an ‘upstream approach’. It is focused on identifying and ameliorating the root cause of problems and intervening early before harm occurs. By strengthening vulnerable families, we can prevent children from facing adversity, like ending up in orphanages or on the streets.

There will always be some children who can’t live with family. By dramatically reducing the number of children who require alternative care, we can ensure foster care services are run at a high standard.

The Village Hive also successfully reunites families who’ve already been separated. It ensures families have all the support they need to bring their children home from orphanages.

Long Term Sustainability: A Case Study

It is not often that international development projects can truly stand the test of time and live on beyond the implementing NGO. Our ICT Education project developed in partnership with the Atlassian Foundation in late 2015 is now embedded in the high school curriculum in Battambang and wholly funded by the Cambodian Ministry of Education.

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Our story

In 2007, Tara Winkler and Pon Jedtha rescued 14 children from a corrupt and abusive orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia. CCT was initially set up as an orphanage to provide the children with a safe new home. Shockingly, they discovered that the children were not orphans and started the challenging journey of reuniting them with their families. CCT was then transformed from an orphanage into a holistic, community-led model called the Village Hive. CCT is now at the forefront of driving the care reform movement in Cambodia.

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10 years of impact

Since 2007, CCT has been changing the trajectory of children’s lives, ensuring they have opportunities to reach their full potential in life. 

Social enterprise restaurant

Jaan Bai, meaning “rice bowl” in Khmer, is a social enterprise restaurant initiative of Cambodian Children’s Trust and the Feel Good Coffee Group. It provides employment for Cambodian youth, who benefit from a profit-share arrangement; 51% of profits go towards supporting CCT’s work.

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Strengthening families to protect Cambodia’s vulnerable children