For the past years the two Homes “survived” thanks to the generous donation of the friends and other private agencies, Friends of Peaceful Children Homes in Netherlands, Agir Pour le Cambodge in Paris, and Fukuoka Jo Gakuin Women University, Ai No Kai in Japan and many other sponsors in Canada as example.
We truly believe that this success and these standards are worth maintaining, but we need a new generation of supporters.
The need for support continues on a daily basis. We sometimes receive requests from other organizations such as IOM and Buddhism for Development to receive more children. As recently as in October 2012, KFJPD accepted 5 more children in Home II and 7 in Home 1. We have the space to house even more, but depend on augmented funds in order to do so (food, clothing, education fees, staffing).
Since that point, the Khmer Foundation has tried to support the children in both Homes, through agricultural activities, and friends in a number of countries, who have helped by sponsoring some of the children. However, the harvest each year has not brought enough food for the children, nor for the other expenses for caretakers, cooks, clothes and educational expenses. With declining financial resources, the Foundation has fought hard to give its children a good start in the world, with strong values and a good educational background, but it has been able to support fewer and fewer children, and it is now only able to provide care for 110 children in its 2 Homes.
We are very proud of the children who have graduated from the Homes, but we need a new generation of supporters.
The KF aims to maintain all operational costs low and to dedicate the maximum of funding to the direct benefit of the children. For this reason, all management staffs are Cambodians, and perceived local rate salaries, and all international professionals contributors are working for free, on pro bono basis.
The KF needs as well to undergo through a series of reforms and improvements. As an example, the salary scale of the KF has not changed since 15 years, and this poses a serious problem in term of attracting and retaining well performing, most competent and talented staffs.