Our journey began in 2007 when Pon Jedtha and Tara Winkler established CCT to help 14 children escape from a corrupt and abusive orphanage in Battambang.
Initially, CCT was set up as an orphanage. Upon discovering the children who were rescued from the orphanage weren’t actually orphans but children, Tara and Jedtha began the challenging journey of reuniting the children with their families. and empowering the whole family unit to escape poverty.
By 2012, CCT had become the first organisation in Cambodia to transform an orphanage into a family-based care model and has been leading the care reform movement ever since.
In 2019, CCT underwent an even bigger transformation. With a new singular vision to dismantle the structural root causes of Cambodia's orphanage crisis, the Village Hive Project was launched.
Today, CCT is working alongside local leadership to build a public social protection system, run by the community for the community, that will eradicate poverty and eliminate dependence on charity.
For a deep dive into CCT’s origin story, watch the ABC Australian Story Documentary, read Tara Winkler’s book and watch her TED Talk.