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  • Mine clearance restores children’s hope for educationMine clearance restores children’s hope for educationJun 23, 2015In a normal progression, 12-year-old Kimleang should have been in Grade 5 already by now having started primary school in 2009. But she is still studying in Grade 3, falling two years behind. Problem? Not because of a weak learning ability or family's poor economic situation that held her back. It is the landmines – the deadly legacy of Cambodia’s past conflicts that continues to deny opportunities for rural children like her from getting proper education and pursuing their dreams.

  • Recovery efforts help poor Cambodians back on their feetRecovery efforts help poor Cambodians back on their feetMar 30, 2015

  • Stripped of landmines, land bears fruitStripped of landmines, land bears fruitSep 17, 2014For 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 her cow, she contacted the local government and asked for help.

  • Donor representatives witnessing mine clearance effortDonor representatives witnessing mine clearance effortJun 3, 2014Battambang –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 safe path by demining professionals wielding specialised dogs and equipment, there was a respectful hush among the visiting donors.

  • In Cambodia, local leaders embrace 'scorecard' as planning toolIn Cambodia, local leaders embrace 'scorecard' as planning toolJun 3, 2014Preah 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 obtained point is way below average of 50 and that means, on this front, local officials still have a lot to do in their work plan.

  • Cambodian officials complete training in cassava cultivation techniques in ChinaCambodian officials complete training in cassava cultivation techniques in ChinaJan 23, 2012As a follow-up to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, witnessed by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and PRC Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, the pilot initiative between Cambodia and China was off to a good start.

  • Women deminers take on a man’s jobWomen deminers take on a man’s jobJun 3, 2014They’re young, female and fearless. Meet the deminers who boldly take risks by clearing landmines in the most contaminated areas in Cambodia. Ruot Sreyla is 24 and mother to a three-year old boy. Five years ago, she lived in Pursat Province, tilling farmland for a daily wage of KHR 12,000 ($3). When she learned about a job opportunity as a deminer in neighboring Battambang province, she signed up for the training.

  • Safer ground: where crops, not landmines, are plantedSafer ground: where crops, not landmines, are plantedJun 3, 2014For many small hold farmers in western Cambodia, farming can be a risky business. Not only are landmines and explosive remnants of war a safety hazard, but they also hinder agricultural productivity which is often a ticket to a better income and greater food security for poor families.

  • De-mining transforms former battleground into field of hopeDe-mining transforms former battleground into field of hopeJun 3, 2014Battambang – Farmer Prak Chrin paced slowly as she dropped green bean seeds into shallow holes on the ground. Nearby, her son, a hoe in his hands, was carving up the holes for the seeds in the family’s new farmland in a far-flung northwestern part of Cambodia.