The village families create a Village Development Committee, which works with our staff to prioritize the projects that will have the most impact on the village. Nothing is "given" to the villagers. The villagers commit their time and labor to make the projects happen, while Sustainable Cambodia typically provides the training and nearly all the early financing for the projects. The amount of assistance is slowly reduced after a three-year period, as the villagers become more and more self-reliant. It takes four to five years, but eventually the quality of life in the village is dramatically improved, and the villagers have the self-created resources to continue to improve it.
|SC staff providing vegetable seeds to villagers|
Sustainable Cambodia's agriculture projects provide not only vegetable seeds and agriculture tools for the village families, but also a compost training for the dry season, allowing fruits and vegetables to be grown year-round. Once the home gardens are implemented, villagers can start satisfying the nutritional needs of their families. Healthy kids can attend school instead of being sick at home, and parents can work to provide for their families as well as work on community projects.
|Families receiving agriculture materials|
|A mother watering her Chinese cabbages|
Chhin Sokha is 37 years old and his wife You Tangchhim is 31.
"I have five members in my family with two daughters. I work on the farm and the rice field I like planting vegetables and raising animals on the farm like buffalo, cow and hens. I joined Self Help Groups a year ago with SC. The reason why I joined the SHGs was because I wanted my family to be able to take care of our food and health. SC is helping my family with biosand filters, latrines, agriculture training, a cow, chickens, vegetable seeds, and agriculture tools.