Cambodian Rural Development Team

Vision: "A Cambodia free of poverty and environmental degradation." Mission: "To improve food security, incomes, and living standards of subsistence rural communities in support of environmental conservation throughout Cambodia."
Jun 27, 2016

June has been CRDT's great challenge!

New milling machine on the field
New milling machine on the field

Dear all supporters,

As some of you might know CRDT participated at the GlobalgGiving Bonus Day on the 15th of June. This day was a big challenge for CRDT since it has allowed organizations to see their donations 50 % matched by the GlobalGiving organization. Through a hard wor and your amazing generosity, CRDT managed to collect almost $700!

Now we only need $910 to reach our goal of $10,000 to help 375 Cambodian women to have a sustainable life by training them and helping them to build their enterprise. More than 80 % of the work has been done! We can easily reach this objective before the end of the year with your help, so don't hesitate to talk about us to your network or to start a recurring donation to our organization through Globalgiving. 

What can we do now thanks to your donations?

- Promote the fish sauce enterprise of 25 women's group for one month,

- Provide a training on livelihood for 55 women.

- Provide three months coaching on savings for the 375 women.

- Buy 15 books for the bookkeeping of saving groups.

- Provide start up costs for the development of a sustainable saving group.

Our beneficiaries don't know your names but they know you are helping them improving their everyday life and having sustainable livelihoods. They all feel grateful and deeply touched by your kindness and generosity. Thanks to your gift, 375 Cambodian women and their family are everyday gaining new means to improve their lives and impower themselves.

We are all very happy to live this adventure with you all around the world and sharing these information with you is a very good way to stay connected with you.

We would like to take this opportunity to present to you our new video. This great video has been made by one of our former volunteer, Raphaël. Thanks to his hard work and passion we can now offer you a great presentation of our NGO. Feel free to share it if you like it!

Click here to see our video

In June we also received the visit from the GlobalGiving In-the-Field traveler, Mary Caroline. About her visit she said that « it was lovely to meet Adélaïde and the staff at Le Tonle, CDRTours and CDRT. It was a highly insightful and educational day, both in regards to the program and to the social and economic atmosphere of the rural communities. I really enjoyed being allowed to be a part of the micro finance's monthly group meeting and even got my hands dirty helping mix some meal! ». According to her « CDRT is engaging underserved communities through several different projects that optimize the number of individuals and families reached. Through a combination of social enterprise, micro loan groups, climate awareness, professional training, among other initiatives, rural Cambodians find a catalyst for empowerment; they become their own means of improvement and development, not only for themselves, but for the larger community. »

Meeting visitors is always a great experience for CRDT so feel free to visit us if you are travelling to Cambodia!

Thank you again to all of you, and enjoy your summer!

Children from the communities
Children from the communities
Rural Cambodian house
Rural Cambodian house
SHG meeting in Saob Kroum Village
SHG meeting in Saob Kroum Village
GlobalGiving ambassador
GlobalGiving ambassador
Chicken raising in Saob Kroum Village
Chicken raising in Saob Kroum Village

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Mar 29, 2016

Helping People in Koh Preah with Climate change

Awareness worshop with people in Koh Preah
Awareness worshop with people in Koh Preah

Climate Change impacts are affecting Cambodians especially the rural people who rely on agriculture to make their living. Some evidence about climate change are the shift in calendars of rainy and dry seasons, increase in heat (up to 40 degree Celsius which the country has never experienced before), and the Mekong river water has seen its lowest depth. Some places are facing drought earlier than in previous years.

To begin with, in January, CRDT team in Stung Treng conducted a Vulnerability Reduction Assessment (VRA) with 29 people including 12 women from Koh Preah commune. The workshop lasted for one whole day and covered the following main topics:

  1. Awareness raising session: covered the concept of climate change, its impacts, mitigation and adaptation methods
  2. The VRA process: to find out the history of hazards and natural disasters in the past 30 years, the impacts on their lives, coping mechanisms in the past, challenges, and proposed solutions in the future

Mr. Bunheng, CRDT Project Manager in Stung Treng said “ after the workshop, we found that drought is the most hazardous problem that causes four main climate change impacts on the local communities: 1) low crop yield, 2) loss of income and capital, 3) human diseases 4) death of animals. The local people proposed solutions around water, agricultural techniques, finance and information.”

In response, CRDT set its strategic plans in 2016 to cope with the problems of climate change by focusing on building more irrigation systems, promoting innovations in water resource management, climate smart agriculture and promoting resilience of local communities by introducing more options of income sources.

The work of CRDT could not happen without the support from individuals like you. Please kindly consider giving to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sustainable-lives-for-375-women-in-rural-cambodia/

Thank you.

Mr. Bunheng running group discussion on VRA
Mr. Bunheng running group discussion on VRA
Koh Preah people joining the VRA
Koh Preah people joining the VRA
Hand pumped well in Koh Preah
Hand pumped well in Koh Preah
House of people in Koh Preah
House of people in Koh Preah
Home garden of people in Koh Preah
Home garden of people in Koh Preah

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Dec 31, 2015

You made a successful story in Koh Preah, Cambodia

Ms. Phan showing how to make chicken feed
Ms. Phan showing how to make chicken feed

In the last quarter, the project of CRDT has turned back from completing activities in Mondulkiri as a result of wedding donation to its livelihood activities in Koh Preah, Siembok district, Stung Treng province by strengthening capacities of our farmers. We are excited to share with all donors the results of our work in 2015 in Koh Preah commune with focusing on two main activities: rice production and chicken raising.

While expected to happen in May, the rainy season of 2015 came late until July and thus resulting in loss of capital due to re-planting, low rice yield, and late harvesting. The absence of flood also contributed to reducing rice yield. Flood did not occur and this affected some rice fields which used to rely on Mekong river water to fill in their paddy fields. Through interview and field observation, rice yield of our farmers decreased about 30% compared to last year. In response, farmers requested to have help with water access and control in rice production as they could not rely on rain feed any more.

As for chicken raising, there was a better result. Just in November alone, 39 out of 45 families as our project beneficiaries reported that they could earn more income through selling chickens to other villagers and middlemen with a total of 81 heads (approximately 2 head per family) and earned around USD 329.50 with an average of USD 8.45 per family and USD 5-6.25 per head).

A 59 year old widow, Phan reported her success with chicken raising. Saying with smile, she mentioned that “chicken had changed her living condition from year to year. In 2015, I could earn USD 1250 with an average of USD 104 per month. That income was used for daily-family needs, improving chicken’s shelter and sending my grandson to school. In addition, my family has better access to food. We ate about 30 heads of chickens this year”.                               

Climate Change is having more prominent negative impacts upon the local ways of life of rural farmers along the Mekong River while their adaptation capacities and diversities are still limited. In response, the project team will mobilize more resources and solutions to help communities adapt to this worse situation especially with drought and flood.

The work of CRDT couldn't happen without the support from individuals like you. Through Thursday, December 31st, when you start a new monthly recurring donation for a GlobalGiving project, a generous anonymous donor will match your initial gift 100%. Please consider donating at

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sustainable-lives-for-375-women-in-rural-cambodia/

 Wishing you a Happy New Year with many exciting successes.

 Thank you.

Farmers meeting monthly to save money
Farmers meeting monthly to save money
Reflection workshop on livelihood progress
Reflection workshop on livelihood progress
Home garden of villager in Koh Preah
Home garden of villager in Koh Preah
CRDT staff monitoring chicken raising progress
CRDT staff monitoring chicken raising progress
New Year wishing card from CRDT
New Year wishing card from CRDT

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