Cambodia: Snapshots of Hope

Parents bring their children to Child Clubs to supplement their education.

Healed, thriving, and abundant communities living in harmony

Cambodia is situated in Southeast Asia and has a rich culture that dates back thousands of years. Cambodia gained its independence from France in 1953, and for nearly 20 years, the country thrived. From the late 1960s to the early 1990s, Cambodia suffered political upheaval, an extended period of civil war, and genocide. While the past two decades of economic development have resulted in a significant reduction in poverty, there is still much to be healed, especially in rural areas. FH Canada partners with FH Cambodia in 35 communities in the northern provinces of Siem Reap and Oddar Meanchey. Together, they cast an ambitious vision for their future—"Healed, thriving, and abundant communities living in harmony."

Mrs. Soron Chhuoy and Mrs. Sambean Chruok show off the cucumbers they have grown after implementing Thrive For Good's gardening techniques.

Thrive for Good

During the pandemic, the FH Cambodia team had to get creative to train community members in climate smart agriculture. FH decided to partner with Thrive for Good, a Canadian-based organization, to pilot an online training for increasing a garden's impact. Kim, the matriarch of her large family, and her children stepped forward to learn how they could get higher yields and more nutrition. The family now grows cucumbers, eggplants, chilis, long beans, and more! They even have a frog farm! They're able to eat their produce and sell the surplus, increasing their food security and income.

"I've grown more crops for my family's daily consumption and that has made my family healthier and is no longer getting sick." - Chhom, farmer

Frog farming provides supplemental income to farmers.

A group of farmers who learned new gardening techniques from Thrive For Good.

Child Clubs

"I believe that our future hope is within our next generation who will be able to finish their studies and have a good job to support their family." - Tun, Education Volunteer

When FH Cambodia begins working in a community they meet with leaders to talk about the benefits of Child Clubs—a space for primary students to receive extra classes and support. Ultimately, the decision is up to the community leaders who, if they find value in the idea, find the land, create a building, and include the community in making the space feel beautiful and welcoming. The clubs are run by FH-trained volunteer teachers and youth who are encouraged to be positive role models for younger children. There are now 39 Child Clubs in the 35 communities where FH Cambodia works!

Children in Cambodia ride their bikes to and from school.

Students of Chhouk Sar Primary School learn where Canada is on the globe.

Join FH Cambodia as they continue this transformational work! Help them build a strong community by sponsoring a child. Visit fhcanada.org/sponsorship.

Written by Jenny Gutzmann and Mark Stewart, Photographs by Jenny Gutzmann



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Cambodia: Snapshots of Hope
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