It’s about isolated villages.
“Negotiate a river by following its bends, enter a country by following its customs.”
The Mission of The Community for Khmer Villages, known as 'The Community,' is to develop culturally-appropriate programs to improve the health and wellbeing of Khmer families living in the remote Cambodian villages and to alleviate extreme, chronic poverty in Cambodia’s rural populations.
The Community was chartered in 2014, approved as a non-governmental organization in 2015 and designated as a not-for-profit in 2016. The NGO was originally a sub-set of the Community for Khmer Children (CKC). It split-off in mid-2017, to expand its health, education and economic development charter. CKC remains under the direction of Vanna Toel, co-Founder and Director.
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Is The Community open to new partners with compatible missions?
Yes, The Community seeking partners with common missions, interlocking visions, shared value(s) which benefits villages living in rural settings, alleviates their bonds of poverty, improves their health literacy and quality of life, increases economic security and extends lives of at-risk populations. The two most common organizational formats used by The Community are: the Consortium, which has the ability to expand and contract around a core set of partners with a deep, common propose; and the sister-university format, which has the ability to exchange arts and culture, students and faculty, curricula and research, science and technologies.
Can I become an employee of The Community?
Yes, it is possible. However, one goal in its fund raising strategy, which is a deep commitment to The Community’s stakeholders, is to minimize the fixed cost of staff, as the pathway from poverty is to bring programs, projects processes and prototypical behavioral changes to isolated villages. To the degree that sustainability requires the hiring of employees, The Community will be seeking to add permanent staff. Understandably, the first priority for ‘employment’ is to increase permanent staff with Khmer citizens.
Is The Community looking for members to staff an Advisory Board?
Yes, The Community needs to add a five-person Board of Advisors to provide governance, especially in oversight responsibilities in use of funds per project, including donations and grant awards. Please direct your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Russ Martin will respond with forty-eight hours, as the limitation in response time is imposed by lack of WiFi or electricity in many of remote areas of travel.
Can I write grants which will benefit The Community?
Yes, grants research, grants authoring and grants management are a welcomed talents to The Community. Proof of past successes is one ‘right of passage’ in this arena. Russ Martin has authored, submitted and received over $118-million in grants awards since 1996, with a 75% success rate. He is willing to serve as a one-on-one mentor to up-and-coming writers for the development of grant proposals.
To volunteer, do I need prior experience in developing countries?
To paraphrase Omprakash’s EdGE-component: What The Community is “…SPOILER: not a flashy solution, not a widget to end poverty, not a buzzwordy facade, not a neocolonial impulse, and not a voluntourist trap.” Yes, prior experience is always a differential; but not a necessity. More importantly, whether volunteering, serving as an exchange student, participating in a service learning opportunity, shaping your own ‘servant leadership’ transformation – whatever your motivation, it will be always more important for you and to those you serve, if you are truly living your passion, finding your bliss, initiating meaningful transitions, saving lives, alleviating poverty…from your heart. The important experiences will follow. Along these lines, the experiences with The Community take time, as it’s not “a drop-in for two weeks program.” Why? First, most of us need to understand the culture and own our limitations when in a host country. Second, understanding local language helps immensely, including when to smile and not smile – as non-verbal communications speak more loudly than words.
If I wish to donate to The Community, why not directly? Said another way, why process through Omprakash?
First, it is important to read Omprakash’s “Donor Dislaimer” at https://www.omprakash.org/angularFrontend/assets/docs/2016%20Donation%20Terms.pdf
When The Community evaluated the following cost structures, it quickly concluded that an organization the quality, maturity and depth of Omprakash was best fit for the following: minimizing legal fees and administrative length of time to apply to the IRS for an exempt status; reducing the administrative overhead to handle the management of exempt funds, including federal reporting; and alleviating the costs of administrative tracking of funds by project.