WHAT IS TEARFUND IRELAND DOING? – HOW ARE WE RESPONDING?
Cambodian Hope Organisation (CHO) run an Anti-Trafficking Programme to reduce the number of Cambodian children becoming victims of trafficking, domestic abuse, prostitution and drug abuse. Regular activities provide education and awareness about domestic violence, sexual abuse, and inappropriate contact and behaviour. Recently, CHO has been focusing on local villages, which has entailed adjusting their activities to suit individual villages.
This has resulted in two villages starting projects using knowledge gained from the Umoja training process. One of these villages, Boeng Chouk, have been busy. They have saved enough money to build a 750 metre-long road. This was an important project for the villagers, as during the rainy season, local children from Boeng Chouk would often miss school due to the condition of the road. Access to critical health care was cut off, resulting in pregnant or very ill people failing to get to the hospital on time. Work on the road is still in progress.
The second village, Banteay Ti Muy started a project aimed at providing clean water for their community, as drought had been an issue the previous year. For clean water access, villagers set up a water system that takes pond water and filters it into a large tank. To ensure adequate supply, the filtered water is only for emergency use, and essential drinking and cooking.
Boran*, the village chief of Banteay Ti Muy told us that he feels it is his responsibility to take care of his people, encouraging them to work together to improve living conditions. When he had the opportunity to join CHO’s Umoja training session, he gladly accepted. He says the training helped him to realise his vision for his village: “shared examples and ideas led me to my own idea for a ‘Clean Water Project’ for the community’s benefit.” Boran has another idea for the future: to rent out his land so that people can grow vegetables, reducing the cost of food purchases. He recognises that “elimination of these costs will have the added benefit of keeping families together with no reason to cross the border to earn a living.”