Delegation from ELCA conducts a project review and celebrates achievements
Sameakki Meanchey, Kampong Chhnang (June 29, 2017) – A delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) today conducted an inclusive review on the impacts of the Post-Social Land Concession Livelihood Development (PSLCLD) Project and celebrated the project’s achievements.
The delegation included Rev. Dr. Franklin Ishida, Area Program Director for Asia, Global Mission, Ms. Rebecca Duerst, Director, Diakonia, Global Mission and Rev. Dr. Chandran Paul Martin, Regional Representative for South Asia, Global Mission.
PSLCLD is a community development project funded by ELCA, and implemented by LIFE WITH DIGNITY (LWD). The project cost USD 770,000 and it takes 3 years (2015-2018). It aimed to improve the quality of lives of the poor communities living in Kiri Akphivoath, Sok Sen Chey, Khsach Sar and Sambok Kriel—the new villages established under the government’s social land concession project in Sameakki Meanchey district of Kampong Chhnang province.
The delegation, led by Rev. Dr. Chandran and accompanied by LWD Executive Director Min Sor, visited vegetable gardens and farming lands in Sambok Kriel, Sok Sen Chey and Kiri Akphivoath villages and met with the poor communities benefiting from the project, such as community pond users, vegetable growers, and a family raising chickens to learn about their changes in livelihood under the project.
The delegation was very much impressed to see the positive changes the community made and highly appreciated their strong commitment to move out of poverty.
Rev. Dr. Chandran said that when he first visited the villages 3 years ago, the people in the areas were in hopeless situation because they could not do anything on their land. Their families were broken and their livelihood was lost. The communities needed helps to clear their land for cultivations. They had set the objectives and indicators by themselves in order to clear their bushy land.
“When we came here again today, we see all the indicators were accomplished vis-á-vi the efforts of the communities with the intervention of LWD staff. I am extremely grateful for the people in the areas and the communes for allowing and inviting us to accompany from the hopeless faces for two and a half years ago to the smiling faces now,” Rev. Dr. Chandran said. “This shows their own abilities to improve their live.”
Under the project, 688.2 hectares of bushy land belonged to 792 families were cleared, four community ponds were constructed, 14 hand tractors were provided to the community for farming purpose, 36 Farmer Field Schools were established and well-functioned, 74 Community-based Organizations and 4 Village Development Committees were established, 371 disadvantaged children were supported and sent school, and 502 sets of solar lanterns were provided to families who need lights for their children to study at night time.