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Education for Children Who Deserve a Better Chance

The Cambodian Village Fund is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Its purpose is to support the families and enhance the educational opportunities of the children living in rural villages in Cambodia. The fund was organized in August 2006 by Bill and Nancy Bamberger.

Cambodia was destabilized during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s. As American troops pulled out of Vietnam in the mid-1970s, the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, took control of Cambodia, and the era we now call the "Killing Fields" began. Between 1.4 and 2.2 million Cambodians were killed by this brutal regime. The country was devastated. When we first visited Cambodia in 2002 we were shocked by the dilapidated infrastructure, the poverty, the disease and the number of injuries caused by land mines. But we were heartened by the spirit of the people, the wonderful history and culture of Cambodia, and by Angkor Wat, one of the most impressive ancient ruins we have seen. When the idea to help a village in Cambodia arose, we thought that Cambodia is a place that needs and deserves any help we can provide.

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How the Fund Was Started

In 2006 Nancy's hairdresser, Chanra Chheum, told Nancy that she had purchased a bicycle for the village where her sister lives. Most of the villagers have no transportation - no cars or motorbikes or even bicycles. A bike, shared by the village, is valuable to go to markets, clinics, or schools. That single bike Chanra bought cost only $40, but had a huge impact on the village. At the time, we were about to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Nancy got to thinking, "40 dollars, 40 years, why not buy a bike for the village as an anniversary gift to each other." When we mentioned this to our friends they wanted to help and the Cambodian Village Fund was born.

Chanra and Nancy
Chanra and Nancy
Who's Who?  

Bill and Nancy Bamberger founded the Cambodian Village Fund. They have traveled extensively, but keep returning to Southeast Asia since their first trip there in 2000. You can learn more about their travels at Travels with Bill and Nancy. Before he retired in 2000, Bill was in charge of developing the Geographic Information System for the City and County of San Diego. Nancy, who has a Masters in Communications from San Diego State University, worked as a TV producer, instructional designer and technical trainer. She was involved in early studies of interactive video, the precursor to the Internet. Nancy retired in 2002.

Nancy and Bill
Sonia Lunceford helps with our Reach for the Sky program. Sonia visited the village in Cambodia in the summer of 2013 and fell in love with the girls. Sonia is a teacher, and expert in teaching English as a Second Language. She is also in graduate school at the University of San Diego. Sonia Lunceford
Cameron Siskowic is President of Fund Raising. Founder of Sisko Productions, Inc. and former NFL linebacker, Cameron contacted Bill and Nancy after reading an article about the Cambodian Village Fund in the newspaper. Cameron had just returned from a trip to Cambodia where he helped build a medical center. Cameron credits his late father for his success. “My only goal in life is to sacrifice and give to this world as my father did to make it a better place.” Cameron Siskowic

Financial Information

The Fund keeps detailed financial records. All administrative work is done by volunteers. The directors receive no compensation and handle all the project management, website development and graphic design at no cost to the Fund. The “on-the-ground” Cambodian team receives small compensation for the long hours they spend on our various projects.

Click here to see our income and expense statement.

Bylaws of the Fund

The fund's bylaws outline the principles under which the fund operates. To download the bylaws, click here.

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