In the last quarter, CRDT’s project on globalgiving has focused on completing additional activities of farm businesses (vegetable growing and chicken raising) thanks to a wedding donation from Christina and Will. These activities have been implemented by the CRDT livelihood project team in Mondulkiri Province.
In early May, six families from Andong Kraloeung village who were willing to run their farming business to supply to the Gibbon Watching Ecotourism Project were selected. In June, the project team provided four training courses to the six families and other villagers who were interested in learning the techniques. Four courses on (1) Techniques for chicken raising, (2) Techniques for vegetable growing, (3) Making master feed for chicken, (4) Making ecological compost and pesticide to a total of 39 villagers.
“I am very happy with the support on improving my farming activities. The presence of tourists has made my village more crowded and some of us are able to generate income from this tourism activities. I myself can sell my vegetables and chickens and earn some money with which I will be no longer worried about family’s expenses and the study of my two kids. My next plan is to prepare my home-garden to be a model in the village.” said Mr. Ly Sitha, head of one of the six selected families.
So far, 3 out of the six families have produced their surplus vegetables of approximately 20 kgs/month including water grass, spinach, lettuce, cucumber, long bean, eggplant, gourds, and pumpkin top and sold them in the village at an average price of USD 1.25/kg. Four families have produced a surplus chicken of around 12 kgs/month and sold at a price of USD 6.25/kg. All of the products were sold not only to the Ecotourism project but also to households in the village. The other families are going to harvest their products in the next few months.
The income generated by the Gibbon Watching project plays a significant role in improving the local economy and in the conservation of Gibbons in the Seima Protected Forest. A tourist pays USD 200 per day for their package tour and the this payment was redistributed to villagers who provided services as tour guides, housekeepers and cooks and the rest was used to support village patrolling activities and ceremonies. In the two months of May and June, 51 international tourists visited the sites and each year the number of tourists is increasing since 2012.
For the next quarter, the project team will continue to follow up and coach the six families on the techniques they have learnt. At the same time, the project team will work with the local authority and villagers in Andong Kraloeung to open a community shop where everyone in the village can bring their agricultural products to sell to one another and to travelers. Stay tuned!
The idea of the community shop needs “Collection &Sale Committee” to be formed to run it. This needs monetary support. Could you help us to raise USD 2,048 to fulfil this activity? Here is the link to our donation domain https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sustainable-lives-for-375-women-in-rural-cambodia/
Thank you in advance for your support.
Over the last three months, our project has been progressing impressively in both activities and fundraising.
We have successfully fixed the 8 damaged bio-digesters in Koh Preah by replacing the broken spare parts (lamp, gas meter, pipe, and digester) and coached the users in the correct usage and maintenance of the systems. The activities were conducted from 20 to 23 January with active involvement of the households. To promote the sense of ownership, the user households volunteered to contribute USD 300 to the total repair costs of USD 650.
“Now I can use my bio-digester again” said Mr. Voeun a villager. “I would like to thank CRDT and GlobalGiving donors for fixing the systems for me and my neighbors. With the coaching, I realized that the ways I used the system were not correct. However, before no one in this village was sure about the problems of low flam gas and the system failures we encountered. We just listened to people who passed by our village and followed their comments, but they were no experts in this system. With those false comments from time to time, we went completely wrong and the systems were no longer usable.”
February was also a fabulous month for our project fundraising thanks to a couple who got married and decided to donate their gifts in a financial donation to CRDT. Christina and Will from Australia, received USD 5 000 as gifts from their friends and relatives for their wedding. But they decided to donate all to CRDT after visiting our project site two years ago. They were deeply sympathetic to the indigenous people and nature in Mondulkiri Province which need supports on their livelihood improvement and conservation.
In the next two quarters, we will spend the money raised from their wedding to fulfil the couple’s dream. CRDT will support six families in Andong Kraloeung village to run the farm businesses on chicken raising and vegetable growing to supply the food demand of tourists in Gibbon Ecotourism Project. The team will provide training, coaching and follow up the six families to ensure that their businesses run successfully. Upon their success, 5% of their generated income will be contributed to the protection of Seima forest through village patrolling team. Thank you so much Christina and Will for such a wonderful gift, there are no words to express ours and our beneficiaries’ gratitude.
However, to fully fund the current project, we still need to raise USD 2, 213. Could you please help us by donating now to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sustainable-lives-for-375-women-in-rural-cambodia/. We deeply thank you in advance. Happy Khmer New Year (13-15 April) from Cambodia and all of us at CRDT.
With a good news that bio-gas lamps are now available for buying, CRDT staff rushed to Koh Preah village on Dec 13th and collected information about the bio-digesters that need repair. In the whole Koh Preah village, only 8 households have bio-digesters. Our team first met with the 8 families’ representatives to get to know their current problems with bio-digesters as well as to assess if they are still interested in using them. Then, we went to each house to check and identify problems for repair work.
Among the 8 systems, only one was still functioning well. The other systems were broken; all lamps are broken, most of the stoves were rusty from not being used and lack of maintenance; 2 systems had problems with tubes. However, the major problem was the incorrect usage and the poor maintenance of the systems. The households somehow didn't follow the instruction when putting manure into digesters, or they put too much water in digesters thereby producing a very low flam gas. However, all of them wanted to continue to use their bio-digesters and they have been anxious for repair and replacement of the broken systems for long.
Ms. Rom, a 32-year old single lady who lives with her mother and whose bio-digester is still functioning said that “the bio-digester helps reduce my hardship a lot. Since I started using it in 2012, I didn’t have to collect firewood for cooking ever again. Moreover, the waste from the bio-digester becomes a very good fertilizer for my rice field and crops. Unfortunately, my lamp was broken a few months ago and I have been searching for assistance to repair it. I am glad that CRDT came to fix this problem for me”.
In the next few months, CRDT will collect the contribution from the households, then buy materials and start the repair work in February. At the same time, we will provide coaching on the use and maintenance of bio-digester to the 8 families. The total cost of the materials for repair is 502$. The households will contribute 200$ and the rest will be supported by donation from Global Giving. So far, our project raised 2,700 USD. We still need 7,300 USD to fund this project and we hope for your next donation in the future.
Thanks so much for your kind help to the people in Koh Preah! We wish you a Happy and Successful New Year 2015!
This quarter has been a tiring but exciting period for us. It has been tiring searching for materials (lamps) to repair the bio-digester systems of our beneficiaries but we ended up with nothing to buy due to the unavailability of such lamps on the Cambodian market and decided to postpone the repair until March next year. Alternatively, the project team organized a training course on “Chicken and Pig Raising Adapted to Climate Change” for our beneficiaries in Koh Preah village on 2nd September 2014. This training was conducted to respond to the community need assessed in previous reporting period about the problem of livestock death due to the changing climate.
In Koh Preah village where our Global Giving project site is, the training course was aimed to improve the capacities of farmers in raising chicken and pig within the context of climate change. Twenty two participants (14 women) attended this training. The topics for chicken raising focused on selection of hence and cock for breeding, choosing location for building chicken house, building chicken house, taking care of chicken, chicken vaccination, making organic feed for chicken. The topics of pig raising focused on selection of piglets for breeding, choosing location for building pig house, building pig house, providing pig feed and taking care of pig, and pig vaccination. According to our evaluation, 15 participants have clear understanding and 7 participants have medium understanding of the topics.
Mrs. Vannara, a woman farmer in Koh Preah confronted with livestock death, as we mentioned in a previous report also attended this training. After the training, she felt more confident to continue her livestock raising. She was very interested in the topics of natural vaccine and feed making for chicken and pig. She said “I will start raising chicken and pig again as soon as I can allocate some budget to buy piglets. However, I will not raise them on a large scale yet because I would like to practice the new techniques I learned first and also to avoid a big loss like in the past.”
Up to this quarter, our fund raised from GlobalGiving donors totals USD 1,680.71 but after the implementation of activities, only USD 560 remain. In the next six months we will need to buy materials to repair bio-digesters. On October 15th, donations to our project on GG will be matched at 30%. We would be so grateful if you could donate to us on that day. The matching begins on
October 15th from 9 am to 11:59 pm (time in New York)
or October 15th from 3 pm to October 16th at 6: 00 am (time in Europe)
or October 15th from 8 pm to October 16th at 11 am (time in Cambodia)
Thank you to all our generous donors for your ongoing support. Please remain with us and witness the changes brought by your contribution in our rural subsistence farmers in Cambodia.
This time of the year and with the arrival of the rainy season, most of our beneficiaries in Koh Preah commune have been busy with their rice farming. Thus, during our 3- day trip (2 to 4 July) to assess the needs for repairing bio-digesters, we have noticed that some villages were rather quieter than usual. Meeting with our CBO members who have bio-digesters, we found that 42 out of the 55 households are having problems with the spare parts of the systems. Some have problems with cookers while others have problems with lamps. Five of them have not been able to use their bio-digesters for almost two years due to two problems: (1) the broken parts of the system such as tube, lamps, tab, and cookers which are not available in Cambodia and (2): the lack of animal manure to produce bio-gas when their livestock kept dying especially during hot season.
With bio-digester, Ms. Vibol had been living very conveniently for 8 months before its spare parts were broken, because she did not need to go to the forest to collect fuel wood for daily cooking and boiling water. The tube connected from the bio-digester to the cooker was broken because of storms and heavy rain. Her cooker is rusty and cannot function because it has not been used for almost two years. The lamp using bio-gas for lighting her home does not work. She has asked CRDT to repair these spare parts, which are not available in her community.
Ms. Vannara reported that her chickens and ducks kept dying in hot season during March and April. At the beginning, she raised 50 chickens and 15 ducks. Four months later, her livestock grew bigger and almost ready for sale. Unfortunately, 35 chickens died during 7 days and all ducks died in a day. She felt very hopeless and decided to postpone raising chickens and ducks since then. She would like CRDT to help provide new techniques for raising livestock that adapts to climate change, especially to protect her chickens and ducks during the season when diseases breakout.
In response to the first problem, with fund raised from GlobalGiving donors, CRDT has planned in late August 2014 to help these families by replacing the broken spare parts and involving them in the repairing process, so that later they will be able to repair the bio-digester themselves as well as help other villagers to repair theirs. The cost of the new spare parts were agreed among the villagers that half will be covered by the fund from Global Giving and the other half will be settled by the families themselves.
To address the challenge in raising livestock as well as the lack of animal manure for producing bio-gas, we have planned to provide them with trainings on livestock raising and disease preventive methods adapted to climate change. Families which do animal raising are confronted by the continuous death of their livestock due to the fact that climate change becomes noticeable in their localities causing animals being prone to diseases. If a pig dies, it is a big loss for the family. To avoid such loss, some villagers decided to reduce or stop raising such animals as pigs, chickens, and ducks.
We estimated a needed budget of around USD 4,340 (USD 840 for half of the cost for bio-digesters repair plus USD 3,500 to provide trainings on livestock raising for 319 families). The fund of USD 1,500 raised over the last semester would be used to address the problem of bio-digesters first. Your recurring donation is really necessary and your support could have even more impact if you decide to donate to CRDT on Global Giving matching day on July 16th from 9 am to 11:59 pm (time in New York) or July 16th from 3 pm to July 17th at 6: 00 am (time in Europe). Your donation will be matched at 50% which will tremendously help CRDT and this project.
CRDT would like to take this opportunity to thank Charissa, GlobalGiving volunteer, for visiting our project last May and giving a lot of helpful suggestions.
Finally, thank you to all donors for your kindness to our Cambodian rural families.
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