Jop Yoeung is proud of her new toilet, which she built with her family after receiving training and support from TEAR’s partner the Cambodian Hope Organisation (CHO).
Household toilets, like the one built by Yoeung’s family, have brought about a significant change in the quality of life for the people of her village, on the Cambodia-Thai border. Not only do they help prevent the spread of disease, they also provide privacy and security – something the women in Yoeung’s family greatly appreciate.
Before her family built the toilet, Yoeung and the other women of her family would need to walk…
“Ascend to the realm of the gods, Angkor Wat. Descend into hell at Tuol Sleng Prison. With a history both inspiring and depressing, Cambodia delivers an intoxicating present.”
So reads the introduction to the Lonely Planet guide to Cambodia. It’s possibly an accurate description of the hyperreal experience of international tourism, but do Cambodians themselves experience an intoxicating present? Just how far has Cambodia come in reconciling its brutal post-colonial history to forge a new future?
I recently visited TEAR’s partners in Cambodia, as they work to build a better tomorrow for the…
"The imported Western culture defines land as solely the dry land. To the indigenous people of Cambodia, the concept of land includes the sky and its birds, the ocean, rivers and what lives in the water. The heads of households, and every indigenous person, understands they are linked to all these parts of the environment." - Sophal Cheng
As forest logging destroys the traditional ways of life for Indigenous Cambodians, TEAR’s partner is walking with villagers to connect them with the values that protect and nurture their culture. They do this with the conviction that “progress” is not…
The staff at PNKS know too well the impact that climate change is having on the communities they serve. Working in rural areas of Cambodia, mostly with farmers, they hear the stories of the changing weather patterns and see their effects on family life.
For farmers already living in poverty, climate change is yet another burden they have to bear.
“Sometimes there’s too much rain that causes flood, and sometimes too little and causes drought,” says Leak Chowan, the program manager. “The rain sometimes comes late, and sometimes early. The climate is unpredictable. People start planting and…
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