The Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) is a non-profit Cambodian NGO, working to help children and their families gain the necessary tools to break free from the cycle of poverty. 

Founded by Tara Winkler in 2007, CCT takes a family-centred approach to support families where children would otherwise be taken away or volunteered into orphanages due to financial hardships.

The Family Outreach Program keeps the family unit together by alleviating poverty through adult training in new skills and occupations, as well as providing counselling, and economic and medical support.

The CCT Foster Care Program provides a safe and loving home environment for children who have no family of their own to turn to. The children remain in sibling groups and are guaranteed full-time care in a stable environment.

CCT successfully launched Jaan Bai Restaurant in 2013, which is run by local Cambodian staff. With training by celebrity chef David Thompson, and assistance by restaurateur John Fink, the establishment went straight to number one on Trip Advisor, and has held that position since its opening. By sourcing their produce from local farmers and neighbouring markets, as well as providing training in practical skills, CCT are working towards real and ongoing change for the Cambodian people.


The trust has also been working diligently with key members of Sydney University to introduce a curriculum of computer coding, to equip the children with current and relevant skills that will help them succeed in the future. A two-year pilot program has been established in the local public school, and with great confidence in its potential success, CCT aims to employ the curriculum in every public school across Cambodia. Such training will ultimately ensure that students will have a higher earning capacity in their careers.

Touched greatly by the hard work and dedication shown by Winkler to the progression of these Cambodian communities, THE UPSIDE donates a percentage of every order placed through sales on this website to CCT. THE UPSIDE will continue to support this great charity to further its reach throughout the country to those who need it most.

If you’d like to do your part for Cambodia, please sponsor a child today. Your donation to the future of a child will aid CCT in their mission to empower the Cambodian people.

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