Asia / Pacific
Cambodia Village-Based Community Development Project
The Direct Services Program of CWS in Cambodia has one main program — the Village-Based Community Development Project, known as VBCD. During fiscal year 2014, CWS has worked hard to meet identified needs within the target communities. Among the activities: strengthening local governance with an intentional focus on commune councils and grass roots groups as a key to sustainability.
In addition to this, we have focus on activities that foster economic development by addressing food insecurity and livelihood development. CWS also has provided informal education opportunities and has helped meet basic needs by focusing on community health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and disaster planning and risk reduction.
Across all aspects of our work we integrate the themes of gender, good governance, peace building and child protection. All activities are located in marginalized, high-need rural areas in the provinces of Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear. In Kampong Thom, we worked across eighteen target villages in five communes within the Baray and Prasat Sambour districts, and in Preah Vihear, we worked across 24 target villages (including eleven sub-villages) in five communes within the Choam Khsant district.
During fiscal year 2014, the VBCD Project has also collaborated with key development partners, communities and relevant government departments, such as agriculture, and health centers, to make significant achievements toward the project goal of improving the socio-economic situation of the rural poor population. This has been done through strong local partnership for institutional and organizational capacity building of commune councils, village development committees, community-based organizations and existing local government structures and mechanisms.
Over the last year, the project has carried out many activities, including a focus on improving skills of our key development partners. In addition, 42 communities (6,950 individuals) have received on-going support, training, coaching and mentoring to build the technical capacity of beneficiaries. This has been done through trainings on rice production, fish raising, crop growing adapted to weather condition, livestock raising, vegetable growing and mushroom growing to target beneficiaries who faced food shortage and had little land for farming.
With vegetable seeds, agriculture tools, fish fingerlings, mushroom spores, fruit trees seedlings and poultry breeds provided by CWS, our beneficiaries grow mushrooms; have home gardens; and grow crops adapted to weather conditions, raise fish and poultry, and planted fruit trees around their homes. Moreover, the households have also gained permanent access to water for household consumption, animals and the growing of vegetables. The target beneficiaries now have diversified sources of income and foods consumption. Parents and other caregivers can point to being better able to provide nutritious food for their families.
The project has also collaborated with health centers in order to support the training and awareness raising about nutritious food, hygiene and food safety, and nutritious food cooking demonstration to parents and caregivers.
The result? Better-fed, healthier communities.