Denise Arnold founded the Cambodia Charitable Trust (CCT) after a life-changing encounter in Cambodia. Denise and a dedicated group of like-minded New Zealanders registered the CCT as a Charitable Trust with the New Zealand Charities Commission on 30 June 2008 under the Charities Act 2005. Our identification number is #2117636.
Our current Trust Board members are: Theresa Gattung, Patron, Trustees: Denise Arnold, Solicitor, Don Pilbrow, Chartered Accountant and Marie Grills, Solicitor. Nadia Lim is The Trust’s Ambassador. The Trust is based in Tauranga, but has supporters throughout New Zealand.
We employ nine Cambodian staff working on the ground directly with the schools and communities we are helping. We have a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in Cambodia and we work in partnership with ministry staff to meet their education goals. We work closely with trusted, credible Cambodian networks and individuals directly within rural communities. That way we can ensure we achieve direct, measurable and sustainable results.
All of our volunteers meet their own travel and accommodation costs when working in Cambodia or in New Zealand and donate their time and expertise. Neither Denise Arnold, nor any of the Trustees or volunteers draw a salary from CCT or claim any of their expenses. They all believe passionately in what CCT is doing to put their own money and time in freely.
Where CCT does have administration costs, these are covered by the volunteers or by Lyon O’Neale Arnold, lawyers in Tauranga, of which CCT founder Denise Arnold is a Director. What costs CCT cannot avoid (bank fees and Xero costs) are covered by specific donations by individuals or the law firm.
Every dollar donated goes to the projects in Cambodia where it is carefully spent to get the maximum impact. Where possible supplies are purchased in Cambodia to support the local economy and to make our New Zealand dollars go further.
REBUILDING AFTER THE LOST GENERATION
Cambodia is a nation in recovery from great trauma. Pol Pot and his communist Khmer Rouge movement led Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. During this dark reign, two to three million Cambodians out of a total population of seven to eight million died from execution, disease, starvation or overwork. Pol Pot’s vision was to create a nation of labourers; educated people and teachers were targeted and killed. The whole social structure of Cambodia was destroyed. A generation of leaders and teachers was lost. Education is vital for the rebuilding of Cambodia, and we feel compelled to support Cambodians in this transformative work. We’d love you to join us.