Cambodian Community Dream Organization, Inc.
Dream Journal ~ April 2020 
Low Key Celebration of Khmer New Year 
The water festival rings in the New Year. However, with restrictions of COVID-19 still severe, there are no public gatherings for New Year celebrations. 

We sincerely hope that the world soon manages to win the war against COVID-19 without too many casualties. Please take heed and sanitize and keep social distance. A lockdown can save lives.

COVID-19 Awareness
We are urgently shifting our work in Cambodia to combat the spread of COVID-19 virus and are asking all our supporters and donors to help in this effort. 

Texel Donates
The Texel Foundation out of UK and Asia was in the final stages of reviewing annual grant proposals when they reached out to NGOs to see how they could help in the fight against COVID-19. CCDO immediately responded that we urgently needed to bring awareness to the rural communities to keep them safe and informed about spreading the virus.

Spearheaded by Leangseng Hoy and his team, we soon rallied our troupes to disseminate the World Health Organization information. Avoiding the usual large gatherings at community workshops, we fitted our 3 tuk-tuks with loudspeaker systems to spread the message. We show the people how to correctly wash their hands and we supply much needed bars of soap to the villagers.
With the financial support of Texel Foundation ( $16,000 ), we are able to go into 86 villages in three districts. We can swiftly bring our message to 129,000 people.

Eco-Soap Bank Gives 6,000 Bars
Our longtime partner, Eco-Soap Bank , has contributed to our effort with a donation of 6,000 recycled hotel soaps . These are being distributed by our tuk-tuk team to the villagers.

Lantern Projects
A big thanks to Gail Uilkema of Lantern Projects who has generously donated $500 to fund two loudspeaker systems for our traveling tuk-tuks.

Together We Can Change The World
Our partner, TWCCTW has been very supportive of CCDO causes. Recently, a donation of $1,500 for our piglet program was put on hold due to Swine Flu, their BOD has generously redirected the funds to our COVID-19 Awareness Campaign . They have donated an additional $2,500 so that we can sew 10,000 masks to be distributed to the community.
SE Asia Foundation has graciously allowed $2,000 donation from the piglet program to be used for our COVID-19 Awareness Campaign . This will keep our communities informed and safe.

Rotary School Toilet Blocks
We are grateful for a growing partnership with Rotary Club of Sentosa, Singapore . They have donated funds to build prototypes of toilet blocks at two Angkor Thom Schools.

The final project calls for 7 more toilet blocks to be built in conjunction with Rotary Global Grants, a total of $80,000 for our WASH program.

A big thanks to Marion Teo , Michael Quek and Robin Tan for spearheading this important effort improving conditions in rural schools. 

2020 Latrines
We have successfully completed the second batch of 20 latrines donated by Singaporeans under the auspices of architectural company IX Architects Pte Ltd and Mr. Chu Yang Keng .

As the schools have closed due to the COVID-19 emergency, our teachers have joined the rest of our fabulous versatile CCDO staff in helping with the hard labor of laying bricks and putting on zinc roofs. 
Hooray for the 3rd Graders
Under the guidance of teacher Hailee Day , our youngest Ambassadors, the 3 rd grade class from  Ronald Reagan Elementary school in Nampa, Idaho , managed to raise funds for 2 wells and send a child to school for a year. They are planning on doing more when their school reopens. 

Missed Marathon Winner
Gabriel Vincent Kho , from San Francisco California decided to run a marathon in support of CCDO. He asked his friends to cheer him on by choosing their favorite songs he could listen to on the run and donating $5 per song. 110 songs were chosen to the tune of $550.
Due to recent developments the marathon has been cancelled, but Gabe is still donating his proceeds, making us all winners. 

Goodbye Manu & Prodipto 
Sadly, we said goodbye to two longterm volunteers in March. Manuel Maier from Germany was very involved with our Education program and helping to train the teachers. Manu also helped with our donor reports for the WASH program . Prodipto Wahab from Toronto, Canada was instrumental in our grant writing department. However, he soon found himself involved in other aspects of CCDO, even helping to build toilets. We wish them both well and give a HUGE THANKS for their efforts.
Ordinary people can do extraordinary things
to change lives, one child at a time.