CRDT has been working with the communities in Kampong Cham Commune for five years now in support of conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Projects focusing on food security, income generation, the provision of clean water and sanitation methods, environmental education and waste management have been helping people to take control of their lives and their environment.
A form of renewable energy, biodigestors give family households living in rural areas a chance to give back to their environment, helping them to reduce their dependency on forest timber and mitigate against climate change.
By the end of 2010 you, and others like you who supported this project through GlobalGiving had funded the construction of 15 biodigestors for 15 households on Koh Pdao in the Kampong Cham commune. These houses now have light, gas stoves for cooking food and boiling water, and a sustainable form of energy at their disposal.
The members of these communities and their families would like to thank you. The total number of people your donations have touched is now 89. Everyone who received a biodigestor put their own time and energy into it, either collecting sand and gravel to aid construction, or jumping into the pit and getting stuck in themselves!
But it's not right to just build a biodigestor or provide any other form of livelihood support and then just walk away. That doesn't make the endeavour sustainable. So, after construction was finished, CRDT conducted training sessions with all beneficiaries of the GlobalGiving 'Renewable Energy for 15 Rural Cambodian Families' project, so those receiving a biodigestor could really make it their own.
They were taught how biogas works, the benefits to them and to the environment, about the link between their lives and climate change issues. Also animal manure 'best practice', how to change spare parts and generally how to keep a biodigestor happy.
Mrs. E Khen said "Thank you to everyone that spent their money to support this project and build this for us. We are really happy to get one!" She is 56, a widow and mother of two children living in Samphin village. She told Mr. Bin Dim, a CRDT Project Officer, that last time biodigestors were built on the island she didn't get one, as funding allows for only so many at a time, but this time she got one! Her enthusiasm was obvious.
Your donations made all this happen, they have literally changed lives.
Thank you all so much from CRDT on behalf of Mr. Khun Seab, Mrs. Sus Lay, Mr. Sok Youn, Mrs. Mei Pheara, Mrs. E Khen, Mrs. Sok Khorn, Mrs. Duk Savun, Mr. Mom Kosal, Mr. Chea Chem, Mr. Srey Seng, Mrs. Sao Sophany, Mrs. Khun Set, Mrs. Kim Yeoun, Mr. Nam Nak and Mr. Sem Chhon
If this makes you feel happy, then you might like to support our work further by helping to empower rural Cambodian families to be self reliant. If you are interested in CRDT and would like to connect with us, please join us on Facebook, tweet us on Twitter, or have a look at Cambodia, on Flickr.
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