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Integrated Women Empowerment Project Phase II (IWEP II)
In 2010, READA was handed over the responsibility for the implementation of the Integrated Women Empowerment Phase II in 40 villages in 8 communes of Chikreng district, in Siem Reap Province. In 2011, 34 villages in 8 communes of Sonikoum district were handed over to READA.
The project’s objective is to reduce poverty by empowering poor rural women to succeed socially and economically in their home communities through focusing on the following three main goals:
Establishments of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and formation of Self Help Groups had very positive impacts on the lives of IWEP I beneficiaries with significant increase of productivity, shift from subsistence production to a market orientation, reduction of use of pesticide and chemical fertilizer, solidarity in the community and women’s increased confidence in taking on leadership roles. Further work is needed to consolidate current successes and develop market access for beneficiaries.
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Food Income Market (FIM)
The project’s objective is to improve the livelihood security of rural communities through working towards community empowerment in society. Its approach takes into account the following principals:
The project combines activities which are improving the livelihood opportunities of the poorest (grant for livelihood activities, technical training and support for agricultural and small business activities, links to market, water infrastructure renovation such as wells and canals); improving the resilience to natural and economic shocks (group saving schemes, social protection schemes through cash for work and rice banks, food security through rice bank establishment, DRR) and improving the participation of the extreme poor and their collaboration with local authorities (starting with self help groups which receive advise and capacity building to later become recognized CBOs, encourage to liaise with local authorities and raise their needs).
So far the project has led to significant improvements in the beneficiaries’ livelihood security. We have also noticed good examples of confidence building amongst the poorest and achievements in liaising with local authorities resulting in a number of the community’s needs being met (road, culvert and canal construction, agriculture technical skill, food processing and grant supports for livelihood improvement, HIV/AIDS, equality and human right training etc. ). Furthermore improved access to water infrastructure through canal rehabilitation have drastically improved agricultural yields. Further work is needed to strengthen and increase these progresses to ensure they are sustainable.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (WASH)
The project’s objective is to improve livelihood security of target communities through providing the appropriate technical skills in order to exit poverty without undermining nature resources. The main principals are:
- Improving community structure and savings through self help groups
Monitoring is showing good results in improvement of the daily life of the beneficiaries. Many have now diversified activity and increased agricultural production thanks to the grants, technical training and coaching provided. The wells have also contributed to household income and agricultural activity during the dry season. More needs to be done to sustain, deepen and increase the achievements from the project especially in the area of links to markets and access to water and sanitation. We are therefore planning a second project phase after July 2012.
Rice Bank Project
For poor subsistence farmers the annual rice harvest is not enough to meet the family through the year. This situation creates chronic food insecurity which in turns leads to migration, children malnutrition and debt.
The strength of this initiative is that it tackles food insecurity and its consequences whilst strengthening the community.
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Water & Sanitation Project
30 years of civil war and conflicts have prevented infrastructures development. It is estimated that amongst Cambodia’s rural population:
In many of our communities, the lack of access to water (for household consumption and agriculture) and latrines is seriously impacting the health and development of the villagers, preventing them from escaping the poverty trap. This needs to work in parallel with other livelihood initiatives as the success of the latest depend on it.