NextSteps is a not for profit, non-government organisation (NGO) registered in Cambodia that provides treatment and support to Cambodian children living with physical impairment and disability.
The Organization seeks to achieve this by:
- funding medical treatment of children living with physical impairment or congenital disability or other accidents;
- providing local training about health to enhance the awareness of health care and treatment of children;
- supporting medical activities to remote areas and rural communities; and
- undertaking other activities for better health and life quality of Cambodian children.
NextSteps is led by Doctor Vuthy Chhoeurn, head of Orthopedic Surgery at the National Children’s Hospital in Phnom Penh. He is supported by a Board of Directors, two of whom are Australian based professionals, and a small local staff.
NextSteps was established as an organisation through which pre-existing charitable activities could be managed and as a vehicle for seeking funding from large international donors for those and new initiatives. Pre-existing activities were previously funded through an Australian based initiative called Connecting With Cambodia.
NextSteps partners with Rotary through the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS). Rotary provides project oversight, and
as a registered charity facilitates the collection and payment of donations through its banking networks in a tax effective manner.
As a NGO, NextSteps is reliant on donations and funding contributions to deliver its programs and to cover its administrative expenses. Most of the fund raising activity and external administrative support is provided on a voluntary basis, but local staff and operating costs in Cambodia are paid from funds raised.
NextSteps currently supports three programs:
- Surgical Missions to remote and rural communities in Cambodia, since 2010
- Club Foot early Intervention, since 2014
- Peri-Operative Support for Children born with Cleft Palate, since 2014