Through the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF), Symphony Senior Living is proud to support 10 “Grannies” in the Granny Program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Many of these impoverished women have been left behind by their families, with no way to support or care for themselves in their senior years.
The Granny Program aims to change that. By “hiring” these women as community representatives, the CCF receives qualified referrals for assistance, with the Grannies acting as the eyes and ears of the community. In exchange for their services, the women receive rice, clean water, a weekly living stipend and access to a free medical clinic. This modest assistance package has changed the dire lives of so many Grannies in Phnom Penh.
In addition to receiving practical support, the Grannies also get to participate in social and recreational activities through CCF. The women decide what they’d like to explore – anything from learning how to write their names, trips to Starbucks, an exercise class, sightseeing and much more.
Here’s the latest update, directly from the Grannies themselves:
The Grannies recently enjoyed a fun trip to Bokor Mountain, by some accounts the most beautiful mountain resort in Kampot. “We were excited to see the beautiful view and the ancient buildings and temples on the top of the mountain. It was the first time for me to see this old, amazing resort,” said one Granny.
After the Bokor Mountain visit, the Grannies enjoyed a day at the beach, also located in Kampot. It was only their second time at the beach. They enjoyed swimming, eating seafood, group discussions and laughter, and sleeping in the cottages. While there, they planted mangrove trees to help save the planet from global warming. “It was an amazing and memorable trip,” said another Granny.
Our program called “Never Give Up on Literacy Studying,” where we learn new things and impart the knowledge to the next generation, held its third graduation in January. Scott Neeson, Founder and Executive Director of the CCF and the former king’s daughter distributed certificates to all the successful candidates.
“We want CCF to run a special English literacy class for us so that it would be great to understand English and talk to our sponsors when they come to visit us at someday.”
All Grannies (and some Grandpas) participated in an Elder Day Event sponsored by the CCF.
“We surprised the audience by performing traditional dances on stage. We got a nice meal and a wonderful gift from Scott,” said one of the Grannies in attendance.
In closing, the elders in the Granny Program had this to say about our support of the CCF:
“We would love to say thank you so much for your kindest sponsorship so far. With your support to CCF, all grannies and grandpas have been living with hope and joy. Additionally, under your support through CCF, we are able to give back to the community.
That’s all for the updates. Your ongoing support brings sweet smiles, hope and happiness to all grandparents here.
See you again in the next updates. Stay healthy with best luck!”