Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT), is a Khmer-led child protection organisation located in Battambang, Cambodia that is focused on strengthening families by promoting local agency, community empowerment and sovereignty.

Our Village Hive model combats and prevents multidimensional poverty. The model brings multi-sector services into villages and mobilises community-wide action to protect children, prevent child-family separation, reunite families and foster long-term resilience and self-sufficiency.

We are working on a pilot to shift power to local communities by integrating the Village Hive into public systems and facilities where it can be delivered sustainably by communities. 

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 at the forefront of driving the care reform movement in Cambodia.

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.

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14 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. 

CCT in numbers

498 families 

104 villages across Cambodia 

A team of 120+ Cambodians

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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Building a sustainable, scalable, prevention-focused child protection system in Cambodia