Life can begin at 60...even in Cambodia!

As we begin 2013, we would like to send our deepest thanks to our Rotary partners and to our supporters from all over the world for making a difference in the lives of rural Cambodian families.

Supporters like you, and Rotarians from around the world, are working through Sustainable Cambodia and Sustainable Cambodia Australia to help village families continually improve their quality of life with healthy water, nutritious food, health care, education, and sustainable income generation.

(A mother and son on the Lasky School's campus, an SC school)

In this Cambodia Update, we're sharing a story about one of the many families who have been touched by your generous support.

Read below to discover more...
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Welcome to Her New Life at 60!

 

(Mrs. Kim Ken in her vegetable garden)

Mrs. Kim Ken's husband died during Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime, and her life was extremely challenging afterward. Each year, she could barely make enough money to support herself and her children. When her son married, she moved to live near him and her daughter-in-law, in Prek II village, located about 45 km away from our SC Pursat office. 

Her home is very far from any source of water, and much of her day was spent carrying water. This left her little time for income-generating work, and as she approached her 60th birthday, her life seemed to be getting more and more difficult.

 (Mrs. Kim Ken and her daughter-in-law in their vegetable garden)

Then she was given the opportunity to participate in Sustainable Cambodia's programs. And everything changed. Mrs. Kim joined one of SC's Self-Help Groups, and has worked with the group for more than two years. She has earned pass-on chickens and ducks, has passed on animals to other families, has clean water from a biosand water filter, has built a latrine, has benefited from an SC community well, has been trained in agriculture and received vegetable seeds, and finally has a micro-loan and crop loan.

 (Mrs. Kim Ken with chickens and ducks from SC)

She now has a sustainable income and is able to provide for herself and her family.

 (Mrs. Kim Ken and her daughter-in-law in their vegetable garden)

When we interviewed her, she said, "My family's life is improving a lot. We are so happy that we can produce enough food for the whole year. We can also earn a lot of money from our vegetable gardening, animal raising, and agricultural products to support our daily life. More importantly, I can do some exercise by doing some work in my vegetable garden which can make me so healthy."

 (Mrs. Kim Ken with the BSF from SC) 

"I would like to express my deepest thanks," she continued, "to Sustainable Cambodia and all the people who have helped this happen for my family, and for everyone in my community."

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