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."
Nov 28, 2016

The project starts!

Distribution of water filter
Distribution of water filter

Dear supporters, 

 

You wil be all very happy to learn that our project finally started! The biggest part of the project is indeed funded by the Australian Embassy, the Direct Aid Program. This allows us to start the construction of the water supply system! 

Before the construction, our staff organized meetings with the villagers and the authorities to introduce the project and the future programme. The villagers will indeed receive trainings about Health and Sanitation. Besides, one of the most important component of this project is the constitution of the Water Use Committee.

What is the Water Use Committee? This committee gathers 5 people: the village chief, the commune council representative and some beneficiaries. Their mission is to manage the water supply system and its use, and the relationship with CRDT. As the village is located in a very remoted area, CRDT needs the support of people on the field to be sure that the project is doing well. 

Once the Water Use Committee has been created by-law, the members received some trainings on system operation and maintenance, financial management, bookkeeping, and conflict management. They are now completely able to assure the management of the water supply system, and fortunately they will still have the CRDT staff on the field with them during the construction to secure their knowledge and skills. 

As part of this project is also the improvement of home-gardening, we have distributed seeds and buckets to the families, to help them irrigate the vegetables. 

Keov is one of the commune consult in Pu Char village, here is his story: “Water is very important for my family daily life. Without a water supply system, we face many issues. Every day I have to go to the stream to collect water like the other villagers. I have to carry water from 200m away from home., and water is heavy. I spend, on average, about 14 hours a week collecting water for bathing, cooking and drinking. Once in a while I borrowed a neighbor’s moto to carry water but I have to pay for gas and it is too expensive for me. Because they drink the water from the river, my family got sickness such as diarrhea and borne diseases. In the meantime, I have to go to the forest to farm, to come back home to carry water for household use. My days are very busy, as well as the rest of the family's.  Since CRDT started to construct the water supply system at the back of my family’s house we are very excited. I know that soon I will have 14 hours more per week to do other activities. And with the water filters that we received the kids can now drink the water without being sick. It is a real relief for my wife and I. I am so happy that I am one of the beneficiaries in the village.”

 

As you might know, next Tuesday, the 29th of November, is #GivingTuesday, and thanks to a generous gift from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $1 Million USD of eligible donations will be matched at 50%! It means that on this day, a $25 donation will represent $50 for us!

#GivingTuesday has been created in 2012 and kicks off the charitable season! While you are thinking about the gifts for your beloved one and your christmas tree, we are preparing the next year projects and its funding. End of year is a really important moment for us, and a huge opportunity to fund our projects. 

After the #GivingTuesday, the Year-End campaign will start, until the 30th of December. For this one, only the new monthly recurring donations will be doubled by GlobalGiving. We are aware that it is not always easy to give to charity, we all have our own expenses and issues, but every help matters. By making a personal donation, you can make a real and tangible difference in the lives of the Cambodian families we support. It doesn't take much, and recurring donations help us to ensure our project in the future. 

Don't hesitate to share this report and our GlobalGiving project around you, the more people know us, the best it is! 

We hope you will continue to support and to read us :)

 

Warmly,

Installation of signboard CRDT on houses
Installation of signboard CRDT on houses
First training on sanitation
First training on sanitation
Meeting with villagers to introduce the project
Meeting with villagers to introduce the project
Distribution of seeds and buckets
Distribution of seeds and buckets

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Oct 4, 2016

Thank you for your amazing support!

The Water Supply System in Koh Pdaoh
The Water Supply System in Koh Pdaoh

Dear all suporters, 

Thanks to your numerous donations we finally reached the $10,000 and funded our project "Sustainable lives for 375 women in rural Cambodia"! This is a huge success for us for our organization and we feel grateful for all the help you provided to us! During the last 2 years we have worked on this project to help our beneficiaries in Northeast Cambodia and this work would have been vain without your involvement. 

Through this project, we coordinated sustainable development activities such as trainings on livelihood activities and savings, we helped our beneficiaries to develop businesses and to strengthen their capacities. The installation of bio-digesters allowed the villagers to improve their situation and to facilitate their lives. 

Ms. Seam Hun tells the impact that the project had on her life and her village: "with the CRDT project we now have access to clean water in each house of the village, so we have more time to dedicate to other tasks and we don't water time to pick up the water from the river. Now, it is also easier to raise livestock and grow vegetable, since the water is directly in our land. But I think the most important positive impact is the fact that we have a better health, less diseases, now that we don't drink the water from the river anymore. There is a filter in the water system so our water is clean and healthy now!". Ms. Hun is now a Community-Based-Eco-Tourism: she hosts tourists sent there by CRDTours to discover the real Cambodian life.  It provides her an extra income and when students groups are coming they often help the villagers to implement some of their projects (construction of a fence, a raincollector, ...).

 

Today we launch a new project, "Water for Health in Pu Char Village". This new project aims to help 70 families living in Pu Char Village by providing 2 water supply systems, sanitation facilities and some trainings to improve the health and home-gardening in this area.  80% of Cambodia's population is rural, of those, only 47% have access to improve drinking water and 31% to sanitation. Pu Char Village is particularly remote and the majority of the inhabitants are poor and vulnerable. Their conditions of poor water access and sanitation are a challenge for both living and agriculture. Agriculture is the main source of income and the lack of water endangered the food security as well as the villagers health. This project proposes to improve water access, as well as the sanitation. 

To learn more about our project you can click on the link bellow. This project is new so please share it with those around you. Once again we really need your support to launch this project and attract donations.  

What can we achieve with your donations?

  • support the production of materials to raise awareness on sanitation (books, posters, leaflets)
  • support the training and coaching to the Water Supply Committee 
  • support the construction of raincollectors 
  • provide trainings on Primary Health Education
  • support the construction of toilets
  • support the construction of the water supply systems

I invite you to click on this link to suscribe to our newsletter so you can stay updated on our work on the field! The work of CRDT could not happen without the support from individuals like you, and I want to thank you on behalf of all our staff and beneficiaries! 

Project provided tab in each house
Project provided tab in each house
Pig raising is a success
Pig raising is a success
Through the project this couple can host tourists
Through the project this couple can host tourists

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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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