The people of Cambodia have been left with a daunting legacy. Three years of devastation under the Pol Pot regime saw one-third of its people die, followed by another 15 years of civil war. Since the first election in 1993, the country has worked hard to rebuild and retrain communities and restore confidence and trust in leadership. World Renew is careful not to dominate the development process. Through training in governance, sustainable livelihoods, food security, health, and education World Renew supports the local people to make their own decisions and take initiatives that are most important to them.
COVID COUNTRY UPDATE
A few new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in July due to travel from the US; however, the virus has continued to remain contained in Cambodia, with under 200 total cases as the summer closed. That being said, the economic impact of COVID-19 has been far reaching and the Cambodian government has issued a national budget package totaling $125 million to help 560,000 poor and vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis. Hundreds of thousands of garment workers are facing job loss while at least fifty thousands migrant returnees are not able to find immediate jobs in their local communities. They cannot go back to find jobs in the neighboring countries due to COVID-19 restrictions.
World Renew continues our work while observing physical distancing precautions, working together with Growing Hope Globally to respond to COVID-19 in our target communities, especially with our target farmers. We are providing face masks, soaps, rubbing alcohol and key education messages to over a thousand families to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 in the community.