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From a water scarce to a water supplier – a tale of one Cambodian village

Kampong Speu - The late morning heat was building up and Nuon Chhuon realized it’s time to give his pigs a shower. “They need to be hosed at least three times a day to cool off,” the 69-year-old farmer said, referring to the 10 piglets that were busy competing for their mother’s milk in the pen. “Mymore

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Water: where small initiatives help communities thrive

KAMPONG SPEU - Sao Bin, a 38-year-old farmer province, used to walk three kilometers every day to collect water for drinking, cooking and washing. These days, he has access to clean water since his house was connected to a pipe system in 2013. In Chambok commune, Kampong Speu province, some 630 homemore

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Women at the core of protecting forests, reducing carbon emissions

KAMPONG CHHNANG - “If we have forests, we have life,” 61 year old Saing Mao harps Cambodia’s national creed as a testament to women’s increasing awareness and involvement in protecting its forests. Saing Mao, Vice Chair of her commune’s Community Forest Management Committee (CFMC), is one of hundredmore

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Stripped of landmines, land bears fruit

For more than a decade, Khit Sarin and her neighbors lived on a strip of land suspected to be contaminated with landmines in Pailin province. Without enough resources to settle in a safer area, they decided to risk it and stayed on. When a landmine exploded one day in Sarin’s backyard and killed hermore

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Helping disadvantaged Cambodians get ready to vote

When Cambodia held local election in June 2012, Bunthoeun Tola, a member of P’nong indigenous group in Mondul Kiri province, was turned away from the polling station. The reason was that his name on the voter list did not match the one on his ID card. He should have checked it beforehand but he did more

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Campaign prepares disadvantaged Cambodians for election

Phnom Penh – A voter education campaign is underway in Cambodia to help people with disability and indigenous people to be eligible to vote in the new general election slated for July next year. The campaign targets these groups of Cambodian citizens in 17 provinces: Kandal, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kammore

Working to strengthen its local administration, Cambodia looks to Indonesia for model

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Returning from a recent official visit to Indonesia, Mr. Dy Sophan, director of Department of Political Affairs, Ministry of Interior, only hoped that one day Cambodia will have a local administration structure that is strong in its role to deliver services and be more accountmore

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UNDP brings indigenous people radio experiences from Laos to Cambodia

Ratanak Kiri – Since 2007, the Jarai indigenous people have been enjoying a radio programme in their own language, which helps to inform them about news concerning their community and beyond. But the problem is it is too short. Its daily broadcast hours should be extended. This was the message a gromore

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Donor representatives witnessing mine clearance effort

Battambang – There is something unnerving about treading through a mango plantation in the village of Kouk Roka in Battambang province. A roped-off dirt trail indicates the hazard underfoot: undetonated landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). Despite the indulgence of being led along a more

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In Cambodia, local leaders embrace 'scorecard' as planning tool

Preah Sihanouk – At their recent meeting, Kampenh commune officials in this coastal province of Cambodia were presented with a spider graph showing status of various development indicators. In the areas of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, the commune scored 25 out of 100 points. The obtainemore

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