The health care system and the social services structure in Cambodia remain to be insufficient to respond to the need of Cambodian people in a foreseeable future. People living with HIV/Aids cannot rely on institutional care alone. Family and community will need to care for people with HIV/Aids, as institutional care may not be an affordable choice. All segments of a community should be made aware of the impact of HIV/Aids at community level and be mobilised to respond by accepting people who already are infected, support families who lose their relatives and help care for those being sick and care for orphans and elderly left behind. In order to help the community cope with these challenges, JBCF foresees opportunities.

JBCF's projects try to mobilise untapped community resources in order to provide adequate services at the community level; de-stigmatise HIV/Aids, facilitate integration of persons with HIV/Aids into the community and thus increase the participation of persons with HIV/Aids in the day-to-day activities of the community as productive members. Persons with HIV/Aids do not need to be institutionalised or abandoned.

To support families or care takers of vulnerable children, JBCF tries to create a working environment which provides them with a proper income. JBCF also stimulate integration of persons with HIV/Aids into the community, by providing work and training. A recently opened Sewing Centre offers both the opportunity to generate income and share the profits with JBCF, thereby supporting others in the community. More information about the sewing studio can be found here.

JBCF started with 14 children under their care in 2007 and at this moment (May, 2009) the number of children has increased to 34 children and their care takers. Currently there are many requests of vulnerable children and their families for financial support.

The financial support will mainly be used to continue education and hopefully preventing child trafficking, drugs abuse and child sexual abuse. Besides that funds will be used to improve the family situation. A broader description of this project can be found here.

To be able to fulfill these requests and continue long term support to the children and their community, additional funds are necessary. At this moment, JBCF has not yet sufficient funds to increase the number of supported children. In order to meet these requirements JBCF wishes to establish long term relationships with prospective and current donors.

If you wish to contribute to the future of these children and their community, please contact Mr. Billy Barnaart.


2017 Projects update

A little over 10 years ago Jeannine and Billy’s Children’s foundation (JBCF) was founded with the main objective to make a significant and lasting difference in the life of children and their families affected by HIV/Aids. In the past ten years we followed this strategy to create job opportunities for families to permanently improve the quality of life for children and their caretakers. To reach these goals JBCF has set up vocational training centers in the form of sewing centers and restaurants. More about these projects you can find below. These projects have been successful over the years and currently JBCF is trying to expand their reach by developing new business. The opportunities are in laundry services and aroma/massage oil import and sales.


2017 Aroma/Massage oil business

JBCF set up the import of aroma/massage oil to Cambodia and sell it to the present Spa and Massage Parlors all over Phnom Penh. Because of her past working in a Spa/Massage Beauty Parlor, the Operational Manager of JBCF was able to find the necessary contacts in the Spa sector to be guaranteed that these spa centres would buy the aroma and massage oil from JBCF. Though business is growing slowly but steadily. Very soon JBCF might expect the first earnings.

As business is growing the plan for the near future is to recruit 5 or 6 staff. People will be trained to deliver in time and handle the transactions. JBCF expect that in Phnom Penh 5 to 6 families will benefit from this business with a total of 15 to 20 children as indirect beneficiaries.


2017 Laundry services

The opportunity to start a laundry business showed up when a company from China offered to assist in the set-up of a laundry shop. They have helped to start up the company. JBCF bought initially four washing machines. Currently the Operational Manager is trying to find additional funding to further expand this business.

JBCF believes that through the collaboration with the spas, more hotels can be added to their clientele. The current hotels working with JBCF are not only happy their laundry will be done, they are showing extra interest in the objectives of JBCF.

Training of staff is provided by the Chinese company, which is also delivering the washing powder and other items to keep the laundry running. Presently, four staff have been trained to work the washing machines and the dryer. The spas and hotels have showed patience so staff could be trained. By trial and error the staff have found the right formula to bring the quality as required by hotels and spas. Hotel and Spa management are satisfied with the present results and will continue their support to JBCF.

Once the laundry business will become profitable, more machines can be purchased and more staff can be recruited. Once staff will be able to run their own laundry business, they might start up their own business. With the four present staff JBCF is assisting three households with a total of seven adults and a total of ten children. We hope to see this number grow fast, when business expands. JBCF has the vision that this could become a nationwide project and will grow out to a programme. The tourism industry is growing tremendously and the need to support this industry will be huge in the close distant future.

The final objective will be that JBCF will become independent from donors and that the aroma/massage oil and laundry business will be the strong financial pillars for the organisation to “Making a Significant and Lasting Difference in the Quality of Life of Vulnerable and HIV/Aids Affected Children” in Cambodia.


Sewing Studio

JBCF set up a sewing training centres with the purpose to increase the income of the families and also to contribute to the running costs of JBCF itself. As a start-up JBCF set up a big sewing centre at the house of the founder of JBCF. This vocational centre holds over 20 sewing machines and had 18 employees. With these jobs JBCF can help around 45 children financially. This centre is not only set up as a job centre, but also to help the families onwards by teaching them a vocation. All 18 women have moved on to set up their own sewing place of started working in a garment factory close to home to take care of their families.

Another sewing centre was set up in Anlong Khrnang with 15 women, in addition a child care centre was established to provide pre-school education for their children. However, the attitude of the women required a change of motivation and although there was proper training offered, the change had not happened. JBCF had no other choice then to close this vocational centre.

This lead to a opportunity in Takeo and Takmao province. In the past few years many women enjoyed their vocational training and were able to start their own business and can now support their families. JBCF is very proud to have been able to help these women and their children to a stable future.

Currently the sewing centre of the founders’ house is open for new candidates for a six month training. After these training there are able to produce certain quality level clothes, are able to work with five different sewing machines.


Financial Family Support

JBCF established a special fund, for orphans or children whose father or mother already died of Aids. From this fund the children receive financial support in order to continue their education. The purpose is to facilitate a foster family programme to care for the predicted boom in children orphaned by Aids.
Via counselling of the families, opportunities will be looked for how to increase the income of the family where possible in order to find ways to become more independent.

For the already HIV infected children JBCF, together with Maryknoll's Children's Homes, created a safe home where children infected by HIV receive care, education and medication from the staff. The estimated costs for this medical treatment will be around US $550, - per year per child. The anti-retroviral therapy medication will be received from the Ministry of Health.

As part of this project JBCF is providing the following supports;

1. Financial family support
Each family under the care of JBCF receives financial support depending on the number of children within a family. The funds are used for education and healthcare for the children, but also for the family. For example, with the provided funds a family can buy a juice machine to set up a small community business to generate income, to in the end being able to support the family and become a productive member within the community.

2.  Support in kind
Each family also receives support in kind depending on available funding. These donations in kind can vary from medicines, food to toiletries and educational materials.

3. Extra donation in kind for the child individual
Upon funding children can earn a bicycle, e.g. in case of good performance or progress at school. At the moment 8 children are in need of a bicycle to travel to school. Costs 80$ per cycle.

4. Support for special medical costs and articles
Medicines are also on the list of the needs of children. For example when a child has a traffic accident, these special medical costs are paid by JBCF upon funding.

5. Social support
To obtain their funds families will gather once every month. In addition to the financial support this moment serves to socialize and interact with each other, to learn from each other and to inform other families about all kind of issues.


Prison Food packages for HIV/Aids affected

A restaurant was set up near the house of the founder and in the vicinity of two educational centres, which would attract enough customers to keep the restaurant running. After three months the restaurant already made some profits with gross income per month of around 2000$. With the profits and some sponsorship JBCF was able, in cooperation with LICADHO, to provide food to HIV/Aids infected prisoners in the biggest jail in Cambodia.



JBCF Restaurant

JBCF has opened a restaurant, Grilled Meat 99, near two educational institutes. Business was going well and JBCF is planning to expand business by both serving breakfast and dinner to student, employees and residents of that area. However, this model was the restaurant and prison business inspired other families in the location to do the same. Regrettably they are able to do this at much lower prices, as they did not need to pay salaries to staff. The consequence was that the income of the JBCF restaurant dropped drastically to around 500$ per month. Good example creates followers! This urged JBCF to move the restaurant to the house of the founder, where JBCF were offering one dollar meals to customers. This worked reasonable well which an income covering just the costs.


At a certain moment JBCF received the offer to start a restaurant in a newly built factory in one of the Industrial Zones on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. For one year JBCF was able to serve to around 80-100 workers lunch and dinner for each 1$ per meal per person six days a week. Even though business was going well, JBCF had to deal with some logistical and transportation issues. When other families in the area started a same restaurant, JBCF had to decide to stop this project as ends did not meet and families were not helped any longer. JBCF is happy to see the area developed and their good example finds followers.


JCBF is connecting to the educational world

Through a contract with the Social Work Department JBCF has agreed to provide work experience to students of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Currently, two students of the Social Work Department of the Royal University of Phnom Penh are doing a one year practical period at JBCF by working every Tuesday with the staff in the sewing centre. They also visit beneficiaries at home, accompanying staff of JBCF on home visits. It is the intention to continue this collaboration with the Royal University of Phnom Penh, as the students are presenting the organisation to other students and are assisting the staff of JBCF.


The story of Sovanna

Sovanna is a young adult studying Accounting in Phnom Penh. She works part-time at a sewing studio. This sounds like a normal girl going to school and living in a big city. However this was not always the case, Sovanna grew up in a single-mom family with three younger sisters. Her father died of Aids and her mother is HIV positive. Having no income, the family struggled to get food; there was no money for education. Besides that Sovanna is disabled, she is only able to walk with crutches. In Cambodia this means no chance of a future if you grow up in a poor family.

Then the family received support from JBCF, with the money they received from the organisation all girls are able to go to school. Sovanna: “With the money from JBCF I have a future; my sisters and I can now go to school and get a good job. So we can support my mother...Even though I am disabled I have potential...otherwise we would have ended up on the street”

She works hard and does very well in school. With the money Sovanna earns at the sewing studio, she is able to rent a house and become an independent woman. She also volunteers at JBCF, visiting all the other families receiving support from JBCF. Sovanna: “I am very happy I got this chance”.


2009 Output

The 2009 output of the support by JBCF:

  • At that moment 42 children are under the direct care of JBCF, receiving financial support in order to continue schooling, to receive clothing, housing, food and health services.
  • All children are going to school and therefore are protected from trafficking and other dangers. Good performances at school are rewarded with a bicycle.
  • One girl is going for a third year to the Norton University (Faculty of Business and Accounting) with a scholarship from an Australian University. Another girl has quit her study, as she is too busy with her job at the NAGA Casino.
  • One boy passed his final exams in High School in June 2009. He wants to continue his study at the University. A scholarship has been requested already, though it is waiting for the boy to make a choice which faculty he wants to go.
  • Two boys are on the waiting list to follow training in cooking on their wishes.
  • All children are going to English classes.
  • Two boys orphans are playing football in a local (expatriate) team
  • One girl is receiving computer training.
  • The university student is working part-time as a home visitor after intensive training, visiting all children two times a month.
  • All children are enjoying health care insurance together with their family.
  • With the help of our sponsors, JBCF was able to renovate a mini-van, which is now used by JBCF and his partner organisation HPHAO to transport children.

  • A new motorbike, financed by Foundation Watercarriers, will be used for home visits.



A short recap of Billy's work (in Dutch):