Annual General Meeting Report
1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016
Date: Monday 31 October 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: 303 Springvale Road, Springvale
1. VISION & MISSION
SCCFA aims to empower marginalised young Cambodians by providing education and support necessary for them to improve their lives.
2. CHAIR’S MESSAGE
2015 and 2016 has been an action-packed year for SCCFA. These are the highlights for the year.
1. This financial year (2015/2016) was rather special as we hosted two series of concerts. Despite challenges, we’re pleased with the outcomes. Proceeds will be used to build two schools for the poorest of the poor communities in the Sala Krao district of Pailin and Ratanak Mondul district of Battambang.
2. In August 2015, SCCFA was successfully registered with the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) which is a step closer to SCCFA gaining full tax Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.
3. My husband and I, accompanied by 2 filming crew recruited from Cambodia, made a self-funded trip to the Pailin school bringing along books, medicine, uniforms, T-shirts donated by P & Son Auto Repairs, as well as rewards consisting of shoes and school bags to the top 20 students of the year. I, also, held talks with the students' parents and teachers concerning the progress of the school and their participation in the school program. The students, their parents and teachers requested a free English class be set up in the area, a high school with a library where students can meet and study together.
3. WHAT WE HAVE DONE
SCCFA 2015/2016 ANNUAL CONCERTS
This financial year (2015/2016) was rather special as we hosted two separate series of concerts, with 2 out of the 5 (of the first series) being held on the first two Saturdays of financial year in July 2015, and the second series being held from April to May 2016.
TAX DEDUCTIBLE GIFT RECIPIENT (DGR) STATUS
A free ongoing one-hour English class was launched in May 2016, straight after the formal classes at Pailin school to enable the students to learn, as per repeated requests from teachers, students and their parents. Almost every student is happy to stay on for another hour to acquire this much needed skill. SCCFA has agreed to provide a supplementary of U$50 a month each to the three teachers to conduct the one-hour a day English class. The English language will help the students learn more, since most study materials donated are in English and surfing the web will be easier if they have some English skills. Ultimately, it could help them gain better paid employment than farming, possibly in hospitality tourism sector.
The SCCFA Chair also held talks with the students' parents and teachers concerning the progress of the school and their participation in the school program. The students, their parents and teachers requested a free English class be set up in the area, a high school with a library where students can meet and study together.
The parents, teachers and students were very happy and grateful for the primary school built for them in 2014, however they expressed their need of a high school within the same compound, otherwise the chance of the students continuing their secondary education would be very slim, as the nearest high school that they can go to is about 10 kms from where they live. Even though the school community has a ball with us and we love them, saying goodbye was always the hardest part of our visits.
VIDEO FOOTAGE & FACEBOOK
During her self-funded trip to Pailin, special visits without pre-warning were made by Seda Douglas to see how the students actually live in the Salakrao district of Pailin and Ratanak Mundol district of Battambang. She followed some students after they finished their class, with voluntary filming crew led by Sang Meng doing all the filming, so a few short features of 3-5 minutes could be produced to show our donors the reality of life in rural Cambodia. Seda was shocked and emotionally moved to hear the stories of each family’s struggle and hardship to make ends meet. Those features were posted on the SCCFA Facebook between December 2015 and February 2016, attracting thousands of LIKES and hundreds of comments from viewers. The LIKE on SCCFA Facebook has jumped from approx. 3000 to approx. 6000 over that period. The full footage was also shown on the big projector screen before the concert started in each state, which also helped raise awareness and deeper understanding of how appalling their lives are and how important education is if we are to make a sustainable difference to their lives, at the grassroots level. DVDs were also given and mailed out to donors in various states, so they can show it to friends and families.
SPONSORSHIPS AND DONATIONS
ACTIONS SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS
I have also had the privilege to work closely with the local Cambodian community and leaders who are all very supportive of our charity work. It is amazing and heart-warming to see how the community comes together, as a whole, to support the children who are in need and hunger for an education.
Why SCCFA, I asked myself?
So far, SCCFA has built one school in Pailin catering for nearly 200 children in the region. Our second school is on the way, on the same site, which will become a high school and the third school is also pre-imminent while the architectural work is being drawn up.
5. WHAT’S NEXT?
Your donations are always most welcome.