Scott Neeson – Former Hollywood Titan evolves to become A Savior for the Scavenger Children

When we put the name “Hollywood” together with the location “Phnom Penh city garbage dump”, what kind of picture comes to mind? Most people would probably think this city must be the location of where the filming takes place or where the plot happens. However, in this blog post we are going to share a story about a great man that is even more magical and impressive than what the silver screen can offer.

當我們把 “荷里活”和“金邊市垃圾場”這兩個詞擺在一起的時候,你的腦海中會浮現出怎樣的畫面?多數人也許會想,後者一定是前者的電影拍攝地,或者是故事情節的片場,然而,本文將分享一個偉大的故事,比銀幕故事更傳奇更難以置信。

BLOG SN 01How the Hollywood titan met the scavenging kids at the Phnom Penh city garbage dump


It all happened when Scott Neeson took off for a holiday in Cambodia. He saw the extreme poverty and sickness of the people scavenging on the massive Phnom Penh city garbage dump in Stung Meanchey. Many kids were working for less than a dollar a day, and unable to go to school because the money they earned was vital for their family to survive.



Overwhelmed by the scale of this poverty, Scott set up the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) in 2004 with his own money. After another year in Hollywood and many visits to Cambodia, he realized that there is so much more that needs to be done. Therefore, he sold all his belongings, quit his job as the head of 20th Century Fox International – one of the largest film production companies in the world – and moved to Cambodia permanently to oversee the organization. He left his world behind to save the children in Phnom Penh – this clearly shows his magnitude of his commitment and determination to this cause.

被貧窮程度震驚的史考特用自己的錢在2004年成立了CCF(柬埔寨兒童基金會),後來他又多次去過柬埔寨,他感覺需要做的事情還有很多,因此,他賣掉自己所有的家當,辭掉他20世紀福克斯國際(世界最大的電影製作公司之一)總裁的職務,永久性地搬到柬埔寨,監管基金會的運行。他放棄自己的生活,去金邊拯救這些孩子—— 這個行為清楚地向人們展示了他對此項事業的熱情和決心。


Core Value of Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF)


The importance of family is common among almost all cultures. He believes that helping the whole family is crucial – thus by removing the key challenges these families deal with, such as poor health and dire poverty, family bonds can then be strengthened. The importance of keeping families together is one of Scott’s core beliefs and that’s how CCF operates. He has seen firsthand that luxury items aren’t a way to find happiness. “If we can get back to those values: family, love, compassion, tolerance and away from material goods, we’ll find ourselves again,”” he said.



How can Scott help through CCF?


Based on a survey of 1,300 CCF families, the average daily income per family is US$4.02 while there are 5.33 members in each household. This means they only have a daily expenditure capacity of US$0.75 per member of the household, which is considerably less than the international poverty line of US$2 per day, and less than the World Bank’s extreme poverty line of US$1.25 per person per day.


Cambodian Children’s Fund’s programs target the children and families who reside and work around the former Steung Meanchey landfill site located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh and industry. Stung Meanchey was one of the largest garbage dumps in Southeast Asia, and one of the most environmentally toxic and dangerous environments in the world. While they scavenge there, children and their families are under constant threat of violence, sexual abuse, trafficking and natural disaster.

CCF項目的針對人群是那些居住和工作在金邊郊區的Steung Meanchey垃圾填埋場附近的家庭,這個垃圾填埋場是東南亞最大的垃圾場之一,也是世界上環境污染最嚴重,毒氣污染最多的垃圾場。當他們在那裡撿垃圾的時候,他們也時時承受著暴力,性虐待,販毒活動和自然災害的威脅。

Scott believes knowledge is the key to change the future. Therefore, under his leadership, he made education the driving force of CCF’s operations. By implementing a holistic educational approach that empowers students to lead themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty and into prosperity, CCF is fostering an environment where generational change is not only possible but inevitable.



There are six interconnected programs: Education, Vocational Training, Leadership, Community Outreach, Healthcare and Childcare. CCF works with families to build plans for educating their children, developing job skills for parents and older children, and escaping debt – working at the grassroots level to develop integrated, simple solutions to the complex issues of poverty.

總共有六個相聯繫的項目:教育,職業培訓,領導力,社會拓展,醫療和兒童保育。CCF與家庭合作,一起為教育孩子制定計劃,為父母和孩子加強工作技能,避免負債—— 從草根階層工作到發展綜合性,簡單地針對複雜貧困問題的解決方法。

He believes that the Community Outreach, Healthcare and Childcare programs can help ensure an uninterrupted education, one that allows the child to study, grow and find themselves, knowing that their families are not sliding further into poverty without them generating an income.



Over a decade, CCF has started from providing 45 children with an education to now serving more than 1,700 impoverished children and thousands of other people within the community. Scott believes that the generational change started by CCF will have an enormous impact beyond the slums and through the rest of the country when these kids grow into adulthood.



Scott Neeson & THE ONE

史考特·尼森 THE ONE

Scott Neeson was a finalist in THE ONE 2013. With his prize money of US$50,000, his daycare program was aligned with CCF’s overall education initiatives and was transformed into a Kindergarten model. A new building which hosts two new kindergarten classes was also opened because of the prize money that he received from THE ONE.

史考特·尼森入圍了2013年THE ONE無名英雄獎。利用此獎的五萬美元獎金,他的日托項目已經和CCF的全面教育方案並行,轉變成為幼稚園模式。此外,這筆獎金還促使兩個新幼稚園的開放。

Click on the photos below to find out more about other finalists of THE ONE 2014.

點擊下面圖片,查看更多2014 THE ONE 入圍者:

ICON - Rosalind   ICON - Narayanan Krishnan   ICON - Barbara Hofmann


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