Volunteering Short Term: The Excellent Amy!

Volunteering Short Term: The Excellent Amy!

Introducing Amy In the coming weeks on the CIF blog, you might notice a bump in the quality of our photos. That’s due to the work of Amy Higg. Amy is a professional photographer from Queensland, Australia. She put her business on hold for two months this year, spending that time volunteering short term in Cambodia. You can check her out online over here. Having Amy working for Children in Families was really beneficial for us as an organisation. Not only…

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The ABLE Program And The Staff Who Make It Happen

The ABLE Program and the Staff Who Make It Happen

We would like to introduce you to the staff who work in our ABLE program. Meet Lisa. She is a Physical Therapist, and has worked at CIF for the past four years. Her time here has seen the beginning and growth of the ABLE program. She now serves as a technical adviser to our Khmer staff. ABLE ABLE (Accepted, Belonging, Loved, Empowerment) provides support services to our Foster Care, Kinship Care, and Emergency Care programs. Every child within our various programs can be…

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Welcome Lynny

Welcome Lynny

While we are sad to say farewell to our amazing General Manager, Jesse Blaine, Children in Families (CIF) recently welcomed our new General Manager, Lynny Sor. Jesse is passing the torch and will focus more on pastorship. We are excited for this incredible, resilient Khmer woman to join our team. She is a wife, mother of three, an accomplished academic, and a former refugee. In August, she hit the ground running with us. Not wanting to be a manager who is…

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Changing A Nation: One Child At A Time

Changing a Nation: One Child at a Time

Meet Naomy. With a gorgeous singing voice and bright smile, this intelligent, talented mother of two children - teenagers - has been our Program Director for almost three years now. She joined us from the collaborative organization, Chab Dai, where she spent four years serving as their Project Manager. Naomy is the oversight for Foster Care, Kinship Care, Emergency Care, Church Partnership, and ABLE Program. The main roles of her work include: management and making decisions for placements of children…

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Foster Care: A Mother’s Love For Pisey

Foster Care: A Mother’s Love for Pisey

Success of a program (foster care) is best measured over time, looking at long-term results. In the line of work we do, we get to meet a lot of great families. Some are exceptional.  Pisey's* family is one of those. As one of CIF's first families to foster and care for children, here is their story.    “He’s really tall,” our social worker told me, as we drove through the village to meet one of our foster children. I pictured…

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Som At Video: Kinship

Som At Video: Kinship

Soon after her husband died of AIDS and their possessions were sold off, a desperate Som At felt there was no choice but to take her young children to an orphanage. It ripped her heart out to “trade” her children for $30 and a bag of rice. Thankfully at the last minute she changed her mind, taking her children and never looking back. Watch the video to find out how CIF stepped in and helped.   Follow the beautiful story…

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From Lonely Orphan To Loved Son

From Lonely Orphan to Loved Son

From birth to five-years-old, Sam Ang, a blind child, lived in an orphanage, suffering developmental delays and self-harm due to trauma. When CIF placed him with a foster family, he was incapable of eating or talking. Within a year, all that changed. Watch his video to learn how the love of community and family drastically helped him.

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Orphanages To Family Care: Leakena At CIF

Orphanages to Family Care: Leakena at CIF

Meet Leakena. This amazing, 28-year-old Khmer woman started at CIF as our Outreach to Orphanages Manager in January 2016. She was previously a teacher's assistant for toddlers at an international school. She also volunteered at Raven's Hope International as a Liaison helping build spiritual growth, leadership development, and mission opportunities to young women from around the world. When Leakena heard about CIF through a friend, she thought it might offer a job that would fit well with her degree in Sociology. As CIF's Outreach Manager she is…

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Foster Care: Sreynear’s New Beginning

Foster Care: Sreynear’s New Beginning

Meet Sreynear, one of our beautiful foster children who went from a place of pain - a sad child who acted out in anger - to a place of life and of thriving. We are so proud of her Foster Care family for their incredible love and endurance through the difficult times. Even more, we are pleased with Sreynear and her progress over the years as she has become an active, creative, little girl. In a heartbreaking beginning, following early years of…

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Stories – Powerful And Valuable

Stories – Powerful and Valuable

“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” ― Ben Okri, Nigerian Poet and Novelist Humanity gathers together around stories. Whatever the format - a book, a movie, a tale told around the fire with friends, facing the flames, backs to the darkness - we as people grow in the sharing of stories. We learn to see through the eyes of other people. We consider that the world might not be quite what we thought it…

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