Cambodian Community Dream Organization, Inc. was first founded in Cambodia in 2007 by a local tour guide with the sole object of building water wells. But after visiting Cambodia and donating her first water well, American Jenni Lipa quickly realized that the children hold the key to the country's future. She believed that they deserve not only clean drinking water, but a good education, better nutrition and improved health as well. Jenni spearheaded many new programs and initiatives and eventually registered Cambodian Community Dream Organization, Inc. as a US-based 501© (3) tax exempt charity (NGO) in February, 2009. After splitting from the original Cambodian partner in 2013, she registered a new NGO in Cambodia under the name Cambodian Community Dream Organization.
Cambodia endured a genocide during the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot era resulting in an estimated 2 million deaths or the equivalent of 25% of the population. Every family lost at least one member and today 65% of the population is under the age of 25. Poverty is widespread and yet, being very proud and hardworking, the Cambodians do whatever it takes to make ends meet. But many families in the rural areas earn less than $2 per day and cannot afford to build their own drinking water wells or even send their children to school.
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