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It has come time to say farewell.  As such things go, I feel a mixture of emotions: happy anticipation in knowing I will soon again see Jim, family and friends after the almost 12 weeks of separation; a sense of fulfillment in that I was able to make a small but useful contribution; gratitude for the enrichment received through first-hand learning about a new people, their culture, their history; nostalgia at the thought that it is unlikely that I will...

If a community is to forge ahead with its own development, it needs strong leadership from within its ranks.  That is the role of the Community Based Organization (CBO).  The CBO mobilizes the villagers as they move through the process of identifying their needs and resources, establishing goals and deciding priorities.  CBO members encourage participation in development activities, monitor progress, and problem solve difficulties.

It is important to understand that in many communities in Cambodia there are two parallel systems of...

While visiting rural villages to observe development activities, we were invited to eat a meal at the home of the family of Somaly, one of the OREDA staff members.  The home was actually two houses side by side – the second was built by the younger couple in anticipation of establishing their own family.  As is typical of rural Cambodia, the houses were constructed on posts above a “ground” level living area.  Predominant in this area is a platform about...

It was a good day for the school children of Ang Tul village.  They were exempted from their usual morning classes, and instead were gathered in a shaded area on the grounds of the neighbouring pagoda.  A loud speaker had been erected, and projection equipment was ready.  This was all in anticipation of the special "Hand Washing Event" OREDA staff had organized as part of their health promotions activities.

Introductory remarks included a short talk by the director of the local...

Any appreciation of Cambodia's history and culture requires a visit to Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor. The construction of most of these temple complexes dates back to the twelfth century. As explained in The Rough Guide to Cambodia, "they were built largely due to the uniquely Khmer cult known as devaraja, literally "god-king." Founded on the belief that Khmer kings were earthly incarnations of gods, the cult inspired dizzying heights of architectural megalomania as each successive king endeavoured...

English classes, whether in North America or Cambodia, are made up of elements such as lessons in vocabulary, grammar, spelling and conversation.  It’s all very useful, but can be a bit tedious.  What makes it all come alive is a good story.

And so I have been on the look-out for a short, interesting story, written in simple English, with pictures as cues, and suitable for adults.  This is easier said than done.  I was thrilled to find nearby an "International"...

What does successful community development look like? You see it when a community builds on what it has learned and takes the initiative to launch a new project that helps to lift its people out of poverty. That is what made the visit to Kampong Sleng Village so exciting.

Kampong Sleng is one of 10 villages that benefits from the development work of Love Cambodia (a partner organization of World Renew and funded by Mission Alliance). Under the guidance of Love...

What difference can projects such as a rice bank, a savings group or a seed project make on a family?  Just ask Mr. Hors.  He was eager to tell us. 

The word that Mr. Hors used to describe his family situation of not that many years ago was "empty." He lived in a house smaller than the current rice bank.  He did not have enough food to feed his family.

But participation in a seed project gave him a start.  In this...

Love Cambodia is a Christian development agency doing development work in Prey Veng province, just east of Phnom Penh. This province is cited as one of the poorest regions of the country. The Love Cambodia office is in the province's capital city of Prey Veng; from there staff go out into rural villages to implement various projects.

In the photo gallery are snapshots of urban and rural Prey Veng. They offer a glimpse into the context of Love Cambodia's work.

Introduction: World Renew employs many capable and dedicated staff from countries around the world. They make a valuable contribution to the team. This is the story of Chen Dechorith ("just call me Rith – pronounced Rit") as told to me during the drive from Phnom Penh to the KADRA office in Svay Rieng province.

Rith was born in 1980, one year after the horrendous Pol Pot Regime -- which had...

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