Another challenge they experienced was transporting their rice harvest and vegetable crops to sell to local vendors, especially in the rainy season. Most of the time, vendors complained about not having easy access to their farms and said that, as a result, they would not buy their goods. 

For these reasons having a good road became a top priority for the villagers of Srae Chrov!

Most villagers wanted to build this road as soon as possible. However, they had to overcome additional challenges even before they started building.

First, they did not trust the local authorities to lead this project because their bookkeeping records were not transparent and the written reports were not clear for them.

Second, they needed to mobilize their own resources such as giving over parts of their rice plots, money, and labour. Giving up part of their rice plots was the challenging. The land owners kept refusing, even though the CBO leaders explained the benefits of having road. In the end, they agreed to share their property for the benefit of the community.

Somehow funds needed to be raised to cover the expenses. In Cambodian culture, the best way to raise funds in the community is to announce the new project by microphone along the main road... anyone travelling along the road can then contribute. Community activities were also opportunities to ask for support. Mr. Heoun Huy said, “Whenever I met friends and participated in any programs, I shared this information. Some friends contributed $5, $10 or $30 for the road.” (photo: Mrs. Khim, 82, contributed her money for road building)
After a year and half, the community raised $2647.25. However, they still need $974.25 to buy dirt. Mr. Wen said, “the rainy season was coming, so we had to finish the project and ask to pay later. The dirt seller agreed that we can pay it off later. ” “Now, this road has been built for our community. All the people are really happy because they have a road for traveling to anywhere they want!" (photo left to right: Sieang Wen, Neoun Phin, and Yan Ku)
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.
In 2016, 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.

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