At TGF Cambodia, we work in partnership with communities to provide the resources and support needed to sustainably build livelihoods.
Through a variety of projects, we are empowering Cambodian communities to build the lives that they want for themselves. Underpinning this is TGF’s core belief that empowering communities is key to long-term success. We believe a sustainable, positive change can only be created by engaging, connecting and collaborating fully with communities in their development process. By strengthening community capacity over time, TGF aims to build communities that are able to manage their own development activities, sustainably and independently.
TGF supports projects which maximize participation, and minimise external support. Every project we undertake requires a commitment of resources from the beneficiaries, whose input is vital in the design of our programmes. Through collaboration and empowerment, we work to change the typical pattern of village dependence on NGO’s and governmental support.
Although challenging, we believe this approach will help us to achieve our vision of empowered rural communities building a sustainable future.
WHERE WE WORK
TGF’s work is focused in the Chi Kraeng district of Siem Reap province, operating in 59 villages, with a population of just over 55,000.
Despite being home to the world heritage site, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap province continues to be one of Cambodia’s poorest regions, with Chi Kraeng being one of its poorest districts. Whilst some young people find employment in the hospitality sector, 77% of the more than one million residents of the province still live rurally, practicing subsistence agriculture. TGF’s field-office is located in the district town of Kampong Kdei, around 70 km southeast of Siem Reap town.
Since our establishment, TGF’s activities have developed alongside the needs and ambitions of our community. In 2008, TGF supported villagers to construct a health centre and primary school for villagers in Pongro Leu commune. Other early projects also involved infrastructure investments, which were neglected due to lack of funds from the government. These included; the construction of culverts, drainage and upgrading local roads, allowing villagers to move around more easily. These large infrastructure projects led to smaller projects, improving access to safe water, through the provision of community wells, water tanks and filters.
Involvement in the Health Centre and primary school led TGF to support the expansion of medical services to rural households, especially pregnant women and infants. With education, we worked to improve the provision of services to pre and primary aged children and their parents. The final piece of the puzzle came in the form of community savings groups, to encourage saving and access to affordable credit, and assist farmers to improving their income from agricultural activities.
Today this has evolved into the current areas of focus of our 4 programmes; Health, Education, Water and Sanitation and Income Generation. By integrating our programmes, we ensure that each supports the other to further improve the outcomes for our communities.
At TGF we strive to ensure that every project and programme we implement has a positive impact on the communities which we serve. To do this we collect an enormous amount of quantitative and qualitative data on the delivery of projects and on the change that this leverages in knowledge and behaviours.
Here are some of the results we have achieved with communities in Chi Kraeng:
To build on this impact, by continuing to deliver effective programming to more and more people, we need your help – please show your support for people living in rural Cambodia, one of the world’s poorest regions, by donating to Temple Garden Foundation.
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