Following the sad passing of our founder and director, Neville O’Grady, New Futures Organisation is currently undergoing major changes. Previously, Neville was responsible for the vast majority of tasks involved in running the organisation, supported on an ad-hoc basis by various volunteers. With the help and support of our partners at CamKids, a team of volunteers led by Nou Sum Lee, NFO’s assistant director, and her husband Matt Lee, are working to ensure the continued success of Neville’s legacy with the organisation. Please bear with us as we complete the transition to a new organisational structure and ensure that all necessary legal paperwork is arranged with the various Cambodian government ministries. We will update you with new information as things develop.
Currently, the focus is on ensuring that the childrens’ home is properly registered and funded for the long term future, ensuring the security of the 45 young people who live there and the staff of carers who operate it. All the children had the opportunity to attend Neville’s funeral and pay their last respects, and appropriate support continues to be offered to those who need it.
The NFO volunteer program remains suspended for the time being while the immediate issues are addressed. The program has not been abandoned and we intend to resume accepting volunteers at an appropriate time in the future. Again, we will keep supporters up to date with news on this as and when decisions are made.
Village schools program
The village schools program continues to operate under the guidance of our team of local Khmer teachers, and we have every confidence in their ability to continue NFO’s mission of delivering free education to over 1000 poverty-level children and young people. However, the volunteering aspect of the scheme remains suspended as we are unable to receive the necessary police clearances allowing volunteers to work in the schools until NFO’s re-registration with the Cambodian government is completed. We therefore cannot allow volunteers to work in the schools at present.