COVID-19 has had a huge economic impact on Cambodians, especially those living around Siem Reap, which has seen tourist numbers plummet in the past year. Most remain out of work or on reduced wages.
Following the success of the seed loan programme we sponsored last year, The CCDO are now offering loans to 60 rural farmers to purchase corn, cucumber and melon seeds (in-demand produce locally) for subsistence farming and to generate income while tourist numbers remain low in Cambodia. There’s scope to grow two crops of each vegetable during the 6 month dry season.
Our 2021 grant will also help create a ‘healthy school’ programme to raise awareness of good mental and physical health by training ‘health teachers’ to show pupils how to care for personal well-being. Clean water, teeth brushing stations, disease prevention messaging, nutrient deficiency awareness and good sanitation practices will all be introduced. The CCDO will work with Angkor University medical students to implement the programme in 20 rural schools.