Frequently Asked Questions

We have placed all our most frequently asked questions on this page, and we hopethat we have an snwer for you! If you cannot find the answer to your questions, please forward them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will endeavour to provide you with a response as soon as possible.


Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes it is. NEPCAM is listed with the Australian Tax Office as a Registered Charity as well as a Deductibble Gift Recipient.

After we receive your deposit and the proile of your sponsored child or student has been completed, a tax receipt and the completed profile will be sent to you. You should include the tax receipt with your other tax documents when visiting your tax agent to complete your tax return.


What is a sponsorship?

A sponsorship is a recurring payment made to NEPCAM to provide an improved quality of life for an impoverished community. There are a few sponsorship options available,those being Child or Student Sponsorships as well as Community Program sponsorships, with payments made annually or monthly.

A Child Sponsorship is an annual commitment to provide support through to the completion of a child's education.

An Education Sponsorship is an annual commitment to provide support through to the completion of a university degree.

A Community Project sponsorship provides the funding and support of non-specific projects such as the building of a school house, installation of a shared water pump or some other activity that a community will benefit from. The sponsorship can be in the form of money, labour or goods.


Do I need to commit to a sponsorship?

All help is greatly appreciated, whether it is a regular sponsorship of a child, student, a community project or a one off donation - The choice is yours.


What is the difference between Child Sponsorship and Student Sponsorship?

Child Sponsorship

The children have had a tough life and, along with their parents and siblings, contend with a daily battle to keep themselves fed. A sponsorship will alleviate the stresses and strains of wondering where the next meal will come from and provide some certainty. A commitment for the duration of a child's schooling to completion of their schooling provides much needed stability and assurance.

Student Sponsorship

For the children who have completed schooling to year twelve, their circumstances, are much the same. They are still poor and will need to contend with looking for food and looking for work. An Student sponsorship is an additional boost for a school leaver and provides the means to improve on the foundations of their education by going to university and upon completion will greatly enhance their job prospects. A university education lasts for 3-5 years depending on the subject. Each year is split into semesters and must be paid for when the student enrols in their preferred course and subjects


How much does a sponsorship cost?

Child Sponsorship

Working out at just under $1.65 a day, the cost of a new child sponsorship is $600 a year or $50 a month which can be paid annually or monthly. A small or regular coffee from your favourite Barista is upwards of $3 each day.

Student Sponsorship

Depending on the chosen course, a sponsorship to put a young student through a degree of their choice is between $450-500, including text books.

Community Project

The amount can be a regular or one-off donation. The amount you donate is entirely up to you.


How does NEPCAM work?

NEPCAM's child sponsorship programs started in 2007. In 2012 we formed a partnership with an organisation called Feeding Dreams Cambodia, (www.feedingdreamscambodia.org). Feeding Dreams Cambodia is a registered Non-Government Organisation (NGO) based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Feeding Dreams opened its own school in 2013 and currently caters for up to 800 children each day.

The Feeding Dreams Community Centre provides on-going and emergency support to families in the local district. Services available for the families at the Community Centre include counselling and emergency food and shelter. After NEPCAM has identified a sponsor in Australia, we notify Feeding Dreams Cambodia who then send NEPCAM a profile of a child. This profile is then forwarded to the sponsor and the sponsorship process begins.


When will the sponsorship start?

You can use the Contact Us form to submit your details to us and start your sponsorship straight away. Alternatively, you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide us with the following information:

· Full name
· The full name of the person who will be the sponsor (if different from above)
· Address
· Home telephone number
· Mobile telephone number
· Email address
· Would you like to sponsor a boy or a girl


When do I pay?

The sponsorship coincides with the start of the Cambodian school year which commences on the 1st September. When  your sponsorship is started you will be invoiced for a pro-rated amount to take you to the year end of 31st August.


How can I pay?

Donations can be made by bank transfer or cheque.

Bank Transfer:

Nepcam Trust, ANZ Bank, BSB 012-403, A/C 4063-83689.

When conducting the transaction, please include your Surname and an abbreviation of "SAC", "SAS" or "CP" for the target donation.

Sponsor a Child - "SAC"

Sponsor A Student -  "SAS"

Community Project - "CP"

Cheques:
Please make cheques payable to:

Nepcam Trust Aid Fund and forward to the Chief Finance Officer, 8/6 Shinfield Avenue, St Ives NSW 2075.


Can I select my child?

You can tell us whether you would prefer to select a boy or a girl to sponsor. We will contact our on-ground business partner (Feeding Dreams Cambodia) and request them to nominate a child for you. The child will then be selected using the following selection criteria:-

Whether the child:
· comes from poor economic circumstances
· has a caring mother who values education and who will encourage the child while he or she is at school
· is willing to attend school regularly and is determined to try his or her best to achieve good results

In effect, a NEPCAM sponsorship means a sponsor is linked to a specific child such that his or her future education can be supported and closely monitored through indirect regular contact (letters, emails, photo, school attendance reports and academic progress reports) and that there is an opportunity to visit the child in Cambodia shoud you so desire.

Please be aware that NEPCAM has policies in place for all sponsor-child contact which are compliant with the guidelines set down by ACFID. For further information about communicating with or visiting your sponsored child, please contact the NEPCAM Child Protection Officer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively, you can go to our webpage 'Contact your sponsored child' which will provide you with further information.


NEPCAM Communication?

We respect your right to privacy!

All NEPCAM communication will be from a @nepcam.org.au email address. Communications from other sources should be considered either phishing or fraudulent. If there has been communication purporting to be from NEPCAM and is not from an email address using @nepcam.org.au, please forward the details for submission to the appropriate authorities.

Please review our Privacy Policy for more details.


NEPCAM's Overseas Aid Objectives

The overriding goal for NEPCAM is to improve the socio-economic environment for poor communities. Our underlying objectives are to:

  • Enable families to help themselves to have enough to eat. 
  • Enable families to help themselves toward safety and security. 
  • Enable families to educate their children and realise their potential futures. 
  • Develop a culture of saving
  • Support enterprises with the aim of sustainable development.
  • Improve the general livelihood of the communities.

NEPCAM Community Projects - Selection Procedure

Working exclusively with Feeding Dreams Cambodia to select the neediest of families to assist with new homes, businesses, transportation and medical care. These become NEPCAM's Community Projects.

Disclaimer

All donations received will remain the property of NEPCAM. This includes, but is not limited to, monetary donations, chattels, services, electronic media and photographs.

NEPCAM works exclusively with Feeding Dreams Cambodia, a local registered NGO that has the full support of the Cambodian Edcation Department and Local Police.

All the information contained on this website is considered a Work-In-Progress, and subject to change without notice.


 

Community Project

NEPCAM's Community Projects

We are collecting funds for our NGO in Cambodia to assist them with supplies for their new school offering free education for about 800 children in their district in Siem Reap.

Our aim is to supply sufficient education resources such as computers, library and resource books, desks, chairs, whiteboards, as well as the many other items required. If you would like to donate resources or funds for this project, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please see our Questions and Answers page to learn more

 

Other NEPCAM Community Projects

With the assistance of our local NGO and some school principals, we were able to identify some very needy school children and provide them with a bike each.

These children are so poor that, often, two to three children ride the bike to school at the same time and, when not in use for school purposes, they are often used as a portable shop by their parents to sell fruit, vegetables and Khmer cakes. You can see that helping us with this project has the potential to change the lives of a whole famly in Cambodia.

This year, we are hoping to purchase another 300 bikes for school children in Siem Reap. For just $57, you can buy one of these bikes and we will ensure that it is given to a child in need.
 

 

AnchorNEPCAM's Activities

  • NEPCAM serves local communities without any distinction on race, religion, political persuasions or caste.
  • NEPCAM does not engage in missionary work and/or evangelism.
  • NEPCAM does not engage in political activities.
  • NEPCAM does not engage in welfare, it engages in relief work.

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VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES THAT MAKE A REAL CONNECTION AND DIFFERENCE.

Nepcam has partnered with Feeding Dreams Cambodia to provide humanitarian and volunteer services in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Volunteers have the opportunity to work up close and personal with impoverished children who need lots of care, love and support.

People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome,from individuals to families or groups. No formal qualifications are necessary, just enthusiasm, a flexible attitude and a humanitarian nature.

Volunteer periods can be from 1 week to 1 month, with most volunteers staying for an average of 2 weeks. There are no specific start dates and we welcome volunteers year round. Long term volunteer periods are on an application and need basis only.

WE SPECIALISE IN GROUP VOLUNTEER AND ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES for a period of up to 2 weeks on ground, fully catered for, from collection at the airport on arrival until departure.


Volunteer with our Education and School Meals Program

Feeding Dreams Cambodia educates over 800 students of all ages daily from very poor backgrounds. If you speak fluent English and can contribute significantly in our classrooms of highly enthusiastic and happy kids, we can team you up with a great local Khmer classroom teacher who will guide and assist your involvement with the students. Creativity and interaction is encouraged!

• You may select which age group of children you would prefer to work with; Kinder kids, pre-schoolers, 8 to 12 year olds or teenagers. Each age group needs their own special care and attention.
• Help our cooks distribute over 600 meals daily to our students


Volunteer with our Community Support Program

Feeding Dreams works with our student’s families; who are living in poverty in urban slums; families who have been discarded and deserted. They may be illiterate, suffering sickness, disability or exploitation and with our support, guidance and assistance, we can work towards restoring their hope and dignity.

• Spend part of your day in the field with our Community Staff, interviewing, assessing, photographing and profiling new families enduring dire situations.
• Office work – writing and editing profiles of families in need of ongoing support and sponsorship for our website after assessment.

Volunteer Program times

You can choose to work the morning shift from 8am - 11am or the afternoon shift from 2pm - 6pm, or you are welcome to do both.

Perhaps you may like to work half day, and sight-see the other half. Our Voluntourism Manager will be happy to organise tours at grass roots prices for you.

Our school is open from Monday to Friday so the weekends are for you to enjoy.

Volunteer Program placement fee

A once off Compulsory Donation of US$450 provides for staff to look after you leading up to your arrival, during your stay and continued free services to poor families. 

You will receive:
• Online support prior to your arrival
• Arrangement and confirmation of your accommodation at wholesale costs
• Transfer from the airport upon arrival to your accommodation
• Orientation tour of Siem Reap town and handy tips on services and restaurants
• Transport to and from Feeding Dreams Centre on your first day of volunteering
• Induction at Feeding Dreams Cambodia on your first day
• On the ground support and contact during your stay
• Certificate of Participation upon completion of our Volunteer Aid Program

Apply on our partner page to be involved.

 

Sponsor a Student University  in  Cambodia? 

 ….it's often out of reach,

 but you can make it happen!

   

Why do we need this program?

In power, the Khmer Rouge closed schools, hospitals and factories, abolished banking, finance and currency, outlawed all religions, confiscated all private property and relocated people from urban areas to collective farms where forced labor was widespread. The purpose of this policy was to turn Cambodians into "Old People" through agricultural labor. These actions resulted in massive deaths through executions, work exhaustion, illness, and starvation.

The Khmer Rouge attempted to turn Cambodia into a classless society by depopulating cities and forcing the urban population ("New People") into agricultural communes. The entire population was forced to become farmers in labour camps.

Books were burned, teachers, merchants, and almost the entire intellectual elite of the country were murdered, to make the agricultural communism, as Pol Pot envisioned it, a reality. During their four years in power, the Khmer Rouge overworked and starved the population, at the same time executed selected groups who had the potential to undermine the new state (including intellectuals or even those that had stereotypical signs of learning, such as glasses).

Now free of this ruthless regime, Cambodians are desperately trying to look to the future, however, they are still hampered by economic constraints.

There are a lot of students in Cambodia who, despite achieving outstanding results at secondary school, cannot afford to pay for tertiary education and, while they understand that their biggest stepping stone out of poverty is through education, the cost of universtity is well beyond the means of most Year 12 students.

 

Would you like to help?

The NEPCAM student sponsorship program provides you with an opportunity to support a student who has the capacity to complete a university degree but, because of poor economic circumstances, is unable to afford the fees.

Your sponsorship of a university student will significantly increase their ability to gain full time employment. Just as importantly, your sponsorship will impact greatly on the sponsored student's family, community and country.

By paying an annual subscription, you will enable the student to receive a free university scholarship from a registered, certified and accredited university in Cambodia.

Your donation will pay for the student's university fees, as well as necessities such as text books, notebooks, pens pencils etc..

Existing Sponsors

Existing sponsors who have supported a child through primary and secondary school have the option of continuing their sponsorship through university if the student has shown potential, achieved the necessary pass mark and has demonstrated a willingness to work hard.

Depending on the type of course the student elects to study, most annual university fees are similar to the cost of an annual child sponsorship.

New Student Sponsorships

There are many students who complete Year 12, achieve the necessary results to gain entry into university but, because of their family circumstances, are unable to afford the university fees. These students all try very hard to find work but find it difficult to earn sufficient funds to support themselves, their families and, at the same time, attend university.

Your contribution will enable a student to maximise the education they received through primary and secondary school and will contribute greatly to their family, their community and, in the long term, their country.