With the support of World Renew's partner OREDA, the villagers have increased confidence in their leadership and, where before they were relunctant, now they invest in the projects that they themselves have priortized. There is a new sense of ownership in the development of the community.

Mr. Sam Rith, vice village chief, was concerned about the lack of a road into the community. During rainy season especially it was difficult to access the rice fields and the community because of the mud.
This year, with the support of OREDA and the CBO, a 120 metre northern road was built. Mr. Yor Morm contributed $250 himself, and $250 was contributed by the other community members. A 115 metre southern road was developed with a contribution of $300 from OREDA.
Mr. Rith shared that: “It will take many years to build these roads, but we keep working and saving together until these roads are completed.”

Background

Srae Chrov is located southwest of Phnom Penh. It is a quiet village of 282 families. 42 of the families don't have enough income to support their daily needs.The goal of our community development work here is to empower the community to make good decisions about their own development and to work with them on mobilizing their own resources to achieve their development objectives. Through our partner OREDA we are providing training to community members to build their knowledge and skills and we are contributing some funding to their development priorities.

 

Meet Saem Sokhey, a CBO leader

Saem Sokhey is the newly elected Community Based Organization (CBO) leader of Srae Chrov village. In addition to her rice fields she also has a small piece of land about 2 kilometers from her home where she grows corn. During the harvest season, she picks corn every day. She will boil it at her home in the early morning and early afternoon, and then she'll take it, steaming, on her motorbike to sell in the village.
As a young girl Saem Sokhey wanted to keep studying through high school, but her mother arranged her marriage with a boy from the village. She went to school every day until her wedding day. She was 17.
Saem Sokhey is industrious and hard working. It is this spirit that made her the obvious choice for the CBO leader.

World Renew staff and partners work towards change at the deepest human level – at the level of a community’s vision, values, habits and worldview. This kind of change, though not always visible on the surface, is what is needed to sustain the progress they have made and help them truly flourish as God’s handiwork.

In such communities:

  • People gather to shape their future together

  • People work together on community projects that improve the quality of life of all members of the community

  • Everyone’s gifts and talents are welcomed and put to use

  • Leaders are identified, developed, and affirmed

  • On-going learning leads to awareness, understanding, and improved lives

  • Justice prevails and laws protect

  • Civic life is active

  • Mercy is generous and flowing

  • Christians work alongside other members of the community to achieve change, instilling all they do with biblical values and faith