Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Cambodia:
On March 27, I was able to join the staff of MaD Cambodia on their daily trek to the village of Prolit where the staff and volunteers have supported with everything from Moringa plants addressing malnutrition, to providing toilets, and then relief during the crisis when floods devastated Siem Reap.
Riding into the village, we passed by a small bridge made of logs. This bridge was built by MaD when the area was flooded around the road. Just by looking at the picture one would not be able to imagine the flooding just under a year ago... but beyond this picture there are still remnants like collapsed road and washed away trees to remind of what happened.
Finally, we arrived in the town and I followed the staff on their daily walk-through - checking water pumps and meeting with the villagers. I was able to see MaD's toilets, showers, water pumps, and "piggy bank". The "piggy bank" is a system where piglets are distributed to families for income generating activities. Despite all of this, I was able to hear about what happened during the flooding. MaD provided emergency food and supplies - I was told some of the families were having to live on the tops of their houses until the waters resided or they received relief.
The resilience of the villagers affected by the flooding is astonishing. At my arrival, although there were still remnants and evidence of the flooding, life was getting back to normal and finding a way to survive. The children were playing and laughing, the chickens running about, and adults working rebuilding their lives.
The local staff were like members of the village the way they worked with the citizens, and the older children wanted to sit with the volunteer coordinator, Sofi, and me to practice their English. It was wonderful to experience first hand the impact of MaD's support to this town before, during, and after crisis.
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