Werde in Cambodia

Werde has been working in Cambodia between 2002 and 2009. We worked with several local NGOs while Arnaldo and Katja of Werde lived in the city of Kampong Thom from 2001 to 2004. Kampong Thom has therefore been the  provinces were we have implemented the projects described in this page.

PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING TEAM 2002

Interview with the leader of a women self-help group

In 2002, eight NGOs of Kampong Thom participated to a proposal writing group facilitated by Werde to improve their knowledge on project planning and financial planning and requests for proposal writing. As a result eight new community development projects were approved and started on the following year.

ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK OF KAMPONG THOM 2002-2003

Pesticides stall in the market fo Kampong Thom

In 2002 eleven local NGOs established an environmental network for the province of Kampong Thom.

The aim of the group was to support environmental protection and sustainable use of natural resources in Kampong Thom Province. Werde participated in the planning of the project to promote the use of compost and natural pesticides instead of chemical pesticides.

The Finnish Siemenpuu Foundation supported the network throughout 2003. Werde helped the local NGO group to produce an educational video on the use of chemical pesticides.

COMMUNITY FORESTRY IN THE VILLAGE OF SAMBOUR 2003

Village mapping exercise

In 2003 Werde provides facilitation and support to the start up meetings in the village of Sambour where community representatives as well as members fo the local pagoda started the discussion for the establishment of a community-managed forest area. Following this initial activity, the local NGO Mlup Baitong continued to support the initiative in Sambour and surrounding villages in the establishment of the community-managed forest areas.

VILLAGE NETWORKS TO PROMOTE LOCAL GOVERNANCE 2003-2005

Training workshop with Village Networks members

The first local level elections of Commune Councils in 2002 started a new phase in the process of democratization in Cambodia: for the first time citizens could elect their local representatives.

Werde facilitated the establishment of a group of 12 local NGOs to find ways to strengthen citizens engagement with the Commune Councils. As a result 34  Village Networks formed by community representatives started engaging with Commune Councils in eight districts in the province Thom Province. The project funding was provided by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

PLANTING TREES THROUGH PAGODAS 2003-2005

Planting trees training in a pagoda

Four pagodas (Buddhist monasteries) from Kampong Thom Province participated to this project supported by Werde and local NGO Mlup Baitong.

The Buddhist monasteries are traditional gathering and meeting places in the community and because of this the project used pagodas as centre for environmental learning.

While monks are respected in the community they can easily convey messages in environmental conservation and sustainable use of resources. The project also supported propagation of fruit tree seedlings in pagodas, which were then distributed to surrounding communities. The Foreign Ministry of Finland supported the project from 2003 to 2005.

GREEN GARDEN 2006-2008

Woman working with palm leaves

The project was built as a result of the experience with the Planting Trees through Pagodas Project implemented by Werde between 2003 and 2005 in Kampong Thom.

The main objective has been to improve the livelihood of the farmers who participated int he project through home gardening. Monks from pagodas and selected key farmers acted as teachers in the community to promote gardening and planting of fruit trees.

The project worked through saving associations which then developed into farmer associations that sold vegetables and fruits produced from their backyard gardens. The project, which was also supported through the NGO funds of the Foreign Ministry of Finland, was active in 19 villages and during three years 340 families participated in the activities of the project.

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