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:
We hope you have been well. With this email, we would like to give you more updates from All Grannies and the activities that they had involved along with our other grannies. Just wanted you to know that things have been fine with all 10 grannies here. By the way, great thanks for your wonderful time visiting all of us here at CCF recently.
Elderly Day Celebration is a special event that CCF conducts as a big party each year for our elders. This is to honor our elderly and let them know how special they are to CCF. The grandparents participated on stage with several Cambodian Traditional Dances and a granny fashion show. All grandparents and participants were served with Khmer traditional foods, meanwhile, Scott had also offered gifts and package support to all grandparents. Our elders were grateful that they were not forgotten; instead, they have been taken good care and regarded as the main roof for CCF young generation.
Pchum Ben is second in the two biggest holiday celebration in Cambodia when the Khmer people officially have two weeks off. During this special occasion, everyone enjoys their time to visit their relatives or family members in their home provinces. With sponsors’ donation, CCF is able to provide transportation plus package supports to bring students, grandparents and the community to visit their home provinces.
“We are so happy that we could have a chance to visit our relatives and family members at my hometowns each year. We want to say best thanks to our sponsor and CCF for such important help, said Grannies.”
In the past few months, our grandparents and CCF foster families had an amazing trip to Kirirom National Resort. The trip was supported by the donors from Hong Kong. Everyone was pleased to see a lot of green trees, mountains, waterfalls and fun games to play together. “Additionally, it was our lucky time that we were able in the trip too, said Grannies.”
We hope you like hearing from Grannies’s updates. Please take good care and have a nice day!
Grannies and Mony
Granny Sponsorship Coordinator | Cambodian Children’s Fund