Cornerstone Project

Project No: A04

Project Manager:
Jean-Luc Temmam

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Factoid: Cambodia is a land of ancient culture, natural beauty and stark contrasts.

Unfortunately, years of genocide and civil war destroyed the country’s social and economic framework. 

At present, over half of the country’s population of 14 million are under the age of 18.

36% of children under 5 years of age are moderately or severely underweight.

Only 27% of rural children finished primary school; 19% finish junior high school; and a mere 2.2% get a high school diploma

Cornerstone Project


Project Manager: Jean-Luc Temmam

FCF Project honored by Cambodian Government

Cornerstone Project works hard to improve the quality of life for orphans, abandoned children, widows, handicapped, blind and the poor in and around Phnom Penh, as well as in Kandal and Siem Reap provinces through:

- Providing basic needs such as food, clothing, medical attention, educational and job opportunities and motivational programs. 

- Offering a chance to orphaned and/or underprivileged children to get an education and learn foreign languages, through local and foreign sponsorships, to break their poverty/begging cycle, allowing them to find better paying jobs when they become of age. 

With the support of generous contributors, close to 2000 children are regularly provided with:

  • Food and clothing, dietary supplements and vitamins, hygiene and cleaning agents, medical care and psychological assistance.
  • School materials, financial sponsorship toward their education, vocational and professional training, computer skills, secretarial, culinary, artistic, musical and linguistic training, and preparation toward acquiring a job after they turn 18.
  • Excursions, celebrations, birthdays, playground upgrades, gardening, new volleyball and basket ball courts, repairing and painting facilities, and improving the general conditions of life for the needy.

Additionally, Cornerstone has participated in emergency relief efforts in areas of the country devastated by natural disasters.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Feeding street children and orphans.

Pannee distributing needed goods to local villagers.

Visiting American doctor attending to locals' needs during a medical mission.

12 year-old SOK was abandoned at birth because of physical handicaps, and lived all his life in orphanages.

An Overview of Clients Served

Cornerstone Project works hard to improve the quality of life for orphans, abandoned children, widows, handicapped, blind and the poor in and around Phnom Penh, as well as in Kandal province, at the following institutions:  

Koh Rumdual Island Project

Koh Rumdual was once part of the infamous “Killing Fields.” Inhabitants range from blind, handicapped, land mine victims, some suffering from multiple sclerosis and confined to wheelchairs, some widows with 7 or 8 children. We are there to help.

Sponsor A Child Program

We assist as many children as we can, but we could do a lot more with your help. While we may be small as compared to other Sponsor A Child agencies, no one else offers this: 100% of what you give through this program goes to help a child! -- That's right, no overhead whatsoever!

Free Medical Camps

When doctors and medical personnel contact Cornerstone Project, we try to accommodate them by organizing an opportunity for them to provide medical services for the poor and handicapped, blind and afflicted, orphans and needy, in institutions where Cornerstone has worked for years.

Human Rights Award

The Sydney University of Technology honored Family Care Project “Cornerstone” for its social justice and human rights role.

Repairing and Supporting Orphanages

With the help of local and foreign volunteers coming from various countries and walks of life, we upgrade the facilities of orphanages that we regularly provide with basic foodstuffs and educational materials. This often involves repairing and painting the inside and outside of the buildings, planting flower or vegetable gardens, fixing toilets, building volleyball courts or playgrounds for children, leaving behind what then looks like a new residence instead of some old orphanage.

A New School for Tek Thla

What was once a straw and mud construction now has a cement floor, doors, windows and a fresh coat of paint. What a difference these changes have made!

IT and Culinary Arts Training for Orphans

Our purpose is to introduce Cambodian orphans to the world of Internet and email, allowing them an opportunity to acquire skills that would enable them to obtain better jobs through their advanced skills, ability to communicate in English and other languages and to develop professional confidence.

Nurturing Self Worth and Respect in Cambodian Orphans

It all started at a French restaurant in Phnom Penh, where we met French Canadian artist, Richard Trembley, who offered to give free Creative Art classes to the orphans of the Kolap 4 orphanage at our Tuol Sleng center.

Partnering with Other Agencies

Once upon a time in a rich and distant land called Singapore, it was holiday and the people desired to do a good thing. Many wished to help the needy of surrounding countries during this time but did not know how to go about it as they were far away. So they contacted Family Care's Cornerstone Project in Cambodia, being experts at this kind of venture.

My First Shoes

Recently a FCF project in Japan received a donation of 18,000 new pairs of shoes, earmarked to be sent as humanitarian aid to the Third World. Two companies packed these for shipping and a Singaporean company shipped them to Cambodia for free.