How do you change a Hollywood producer?
Take him to Cambodia. Scott Neeson was an extremely successful producer in Hollywood and had just accepted the position of president of Sony Pictures Entertainment. BUT, before he took up the new role in 2003 he visited Cambodia and was never the same. . .
Scott found himself at the Steung Meanchey dumpsite in Phnom Penh. He was shocked by the desperation he saw and wanted to do something about it, especially for the children. For one year he made monthly trips to Cambodia while still working at Sony, until one day he decided to sell everything he had and move to Cambodia to put all his efforts into his new role as Founder and Executive Director of the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
In partnership with Global Development Group, J668 ‘Cambodia Children’s Fund Education Project’ aims to break cycles of poverty and abuse and to create positive changes through intervention and education for the most impoverished children and their families. By providing healthcare, education, job training and leadership development, the children will be equipped to become progressive leaders and citizens affecting their communities and the nation for generations to come. Within two years it is expected this successful model will be repeated in other war-torn countries around the world.
In addition, Global Development Group project J646 ‘Cambodia Children’s Fund Child Protection Unit’ was set up in Cambodia in conjunction with the Cambodian Ministry of Interior to deliver effective and professional intervention in matters of child abuse and exploitation.
The Child Protection Unit (CPU) builds the capacity of the Cambodian National Police by teaching them how to identify perpetrators and monitor trends of child abuse and exploitation and how to develop strategies for intervention and prevention. The CPU also assists the police in the investigation of crimes. Since the CPU began in July 2013, 369 cases of serious child abuse, child rape and homicide have been investigated, 84 since 1 January alone, and 86% have resulted in arrests.
If you would like to donate to either of these projects, please use one of the following links: