A Visit to the Peaceful Children’s Homes

by Judy Goodwin (Ottawa, March 2019)

I have supported ‘In Concert for Cambodia’ for about ten years, both as a donor and as a volunteer at many of the concerts. On a recent trip to Southeast Asia, I made arrangements to visit both Peaceful Children’s Homes (PCH). I saw for myself how very peaceful and well-run the Homes are. I am especially impressed that both homes are managed by very capable young people who grew up at the Homes: Veuk Chum is the Executive Director for both Homes, while Sok Sarin is the new Manager and Director of PCH 1.  What is remarkable is their commitment to “give back” to the Homes, after completing their university studies and gaining valuable work experience elsewhere. To continue reading, click here


About IC4C

In Concert for Cambodia (IC4C) was founded in 2006 by 13-year-old Ottawa violinist, Laurent Côté, to help children and youth in need in Cambodia. In recognition for his initiative, Laurent received the 2009 Ontario Youth Philanthropist Award.  Since then, IC4C has attracted successive groups of outstanding young musicians and organizers,  who continue to raise funds, through concerts, to support The Peaceful Children’s Homes in Cambodia.

The Honorary Patron is the renowned Canadian pianist, Janina Fialkowska, O.C. 
The current IC4C Youth Coordinator is 24-year-old Kyle Burghout (B.Mus, University of Ottawa, 2015), a talented violinist and fiddler who won the Eastern North American Irish Fiddle Competition in New York in May 2015.  That same year,  In Concert for Cambodia received the Prix de Reconnaissance Expérience Asie , awarded to Canadians for outstanding contributions to culture or humanitarian work in Asia.

The Peaceful Children’s Homes were set up privately in 1994 to take in homeless children returning from the refugee camps in Thailand.  Today, they provide a permanent and nurturing environment to children and youth who have been abandoned, orphaned, rescued from the street, from domestic violence or from human trafficking.  The Homes emphasize education, self-reliance and ethics. 

Since 2006, IC4C has raised almost $60,000 for the nutritional, health and educational needs of the children and young people at the Homes. In terms of tangible results, IC4C has facilitated emergency medical care for the children,  promoted self-reliance in food and agriculture, and even provided solar panels for electricity.  IC4C has also supported the university studies of four outstanding young Cambodians from the Homes, including a young female student studying law. At the same time, IC4C support to the Homes has created a meaningful link between Ottawa youth and their counterparts in a country facing severe development challenges.

We encourage you to support this worthwhile cause, by purchasing concert tickets or through online donations (by clicking on the “donate” button below).

The IC4C musicians are also available to perform at private or professional functions in Ottawa and Montreal.  Please contact us if this is of interest to you, your business or organization.

Certaines informations sur notre siteweb sont disponibles en francais.  Nous travaillons actuellement sur un siteweb français. Un grand merci à nos collaborateurs francophones,
Nicolas Côté et Antoine Côté!

Click here to watch a video capturing the highlights of the IC4C 2016 Tenth Anniversary concert, filmed by our friends from Khemara in Montreal!

Fondé en 2006, En concert pour le Cambodge (IC4C) est une initiative de jeunes musiciens talentueux de la région de l’Outaouais qui viennent en aide, par la musique, aux Foyers des enfants de la paix au Cambodge. La Mécène honoraire est la célèbre pianiste canadienne, Janina Fialkowska, O.C. Le Coordinateur de la jeunesse pour IC4C est Kyle Burghout (B.Mus, Université d’Ottawa, 2015), un violoniste fort doué de 22 ans.   En 2015, Kyle a emporté, à New York, le Concours de musique traditionnelle irlandaise pour l’Amérique du nord orientale. La même année, En concert pour le Cambodge a reçu le Prix de reconnaissance “Expérience Asie”, offert aux Canadiens qui contribuent de façon exceptionnelle à la culture ou au travail humanitaire en Asie. En plus des concerts publiques, les musiciens jouent aux évènements privés ou professionnels à Ottawa et à Montréal. (Contactez-nous svp si cela vous intéresse.)

Les Foyers des enfants de la paix furent établis de façon privée en 1994 pour accueillir des enfants sans famille qui rentraient de camps de réfugiés en Thaïlande. Aujourd’hui, ils offrent un foyer permanent à une centaine d’enfants et de jeunes qui ont été abandonnés, rendus orphelins, secourus de la rue ou du trafic humain.

Depuis 2006, IC4C a récolté plus de $56,500 pour les besoins nutritionnels, de santé et d’éducation des enfants et des jeunes aux Foyers. Entre autre, IC4C a financé des soins médicaux d’urgence, fourni des panneaux solaires, et soutenu l’auto-suffisance agricole. IC4C a aussi aidé à financer les études universitaires de trois jeunes Cambodgiens fort doués issus des Foyers, et a facilité les études en droit d’une jeune étudiante. En même temps, IC4C a crée un lien important entre des jeunes de l’Outaouais et leurs homologues dans ce pays en voie de développement. IC4C a même fourni un bénévole pour aider sur place.

Nous vous encourageons chaleureusement à appuyer nos efforts en faisant des dons en ligne (cliquez sur le bouton ci-dessous) et en participant à nos concerts de levée de fonds. 

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