FAQs

Child sponsorship

It costs $159,000 a year to run the CCD and it is our goal to cover most of this with child sponsorships. So in all we will ultimately need to have around 220 child sponsors.
Child sponsorship costs $720 a year for one child – or as we like to point out less than $2 a day. Your contribution goes toward the child’s food, clothing, education, medical, dental, excursions, traditional dance classes and much, much more.
  • How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

    It costs $159,000 a year to run the CCD and it is our goal to cover most of this with child sponsorships. So in all we will ultimately need to have around 220 child sponsors. Child sponsorship costs $720 a year for one child – or as we like to point out less than $2 a day. Your contribution goes toward the child’s food, clothing, education, medical, dental, excursions, traditional dance classes and much, much more.
  • How many sponsors does a child have?

    As you can see above the Child Sponsorship only covers a portion of the cost to support each child so, where we can, we seek to engage more that one sponsor per child. Usually it is two to three sponsors per child, but in some rare cases it may be more.
  • How do I select a sponsor child?

    There are a number of ways we approach this, we can give you photos and background information of children available for sponsorship and you can select from these, or you can allow us to suggest a child we think will suit, give you their details and allow you to decide. Often people who visit the CCD in Phnom Penh will meet the children personally and develop a bond with a particular child – this is also possible.
  • Where do the children come from?

    All of the children come from two of the five hundred slum areas around Phnom Penh. We employ three social workers who spend the majority of their time working the slums to identify children who might be at risk of abuse, starvation or as we encountered, being sold for their body parts. Once identified these children are then brought to the CCD for medical and psychological examination and integration with the other children at the centre. This is all conducted under the strict guidance and governance of the Cambodian Ministry of Interior .
  • Can I be in contact with the children?

    The short answer is ‘absolutely’! In fact we encourage, if not insist that our sponsors engage with their child sponsors to show their support and care. We have seen many strong bonds develop between our sponsors and the children and think this is a positive aspect of our child program. To get in touch send an email to John Watkins our Child Sponsorship Manager - john@acctnow.com.au
  • Can I visit my sponsor child?

    Once again the answer is ‘yes’! Obviously their some guidelines around arrange these visits that are required by Cambodian law, but we strongly encourage our sponsors to make the effort to meet their sponsor child at the centre in Phnom Penh. All of our ACCT Team members have been to visit the CCD – and all would confess that it is truly a life changing experience. We work closely with ‘Spirit in Business’ who conduct a number of tours to Cambodia each year that includes a visit to the CCD. If you are interested please contact us for more information.
  • How much of my money will actually go towards supporting my sponsor child?

    ACCT is totally run by a team of volunteers who have been touched by the plight of these children at risk in Cambodia. All of the expenses incurred in setting up ACCT as a registered charity in Australia has been donated by the team. And all on the ground fundraising and administration costs are paid by the generosity of the ACCT team. So, how much of your money actually gets to the CCD and the children in the centre? Exactly 96.5%. What about the 3.5%? OK, as a registered charity and in order to meet ATO requirement for tax deduction, all donations to ACCT for the CCD must be funnelled through a registered GDR (Gift Recipient Register). Because of our close association with Rotary we use RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) as our GDR. Due of the time required to meet the ATO audits standards and process the donations, RAWCS charge us a minimal 3.5% administration fee. So 96.5% of your child sponsorship reaches the child.
  • Is my donation tax deductible?

    It certainly is, within a month of making your sponsorship donation you will receive an official receipt from RAWCS for the amount you have given. You then present this receipt with your annual tax return and claim it as a charitable donation. Find out more about RAWCS
  • What happens to my money?

    At the beginning of each calendar year the CCD will present us with a budget detailing how the money raised for the CCD will be spent. Each quarter we receive a detailed report from the CCD outlining exactly how the donations have been spent. We have an ACCT team member on the ground in Phnom Penh who works with the CCD to ensure we maximise the use of your donations .

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