[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (February 11, 2021); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/A. Taguchi]
I have reported about the changes brought about by the reservoirs in my previous article. Recently, there are further changes in the vegetable gardens around the reservoirs.
Look at this huge change! (1)
I visited the house of Sim Meas for the first time in a few months. As soon as she saw me, she took me to her vegetable garden. “Look at this! There was nothing here before, but it has changed into like this,” she said enthusiastically and talked a lot about her vegetable garden. Indeed, there was a great change (see photos arranged in chronological order).
She updated me about her achievement in an excited manner. I felt so happy to have worked with her. She passionately attends training sessions on dry herbs. She is 77 years old and still very active. I am encouraged by her every day.
Look at this huge change! (2)
Next is the vegetable garden of Sam Khorn. I visited her after a long time. You can find a big change here as well.
Sam Khorn earned about $100 in December and $220 in January from her vegetable garden. It is a great development to get money more than enough for daily meals without working formally [the minimum wage in Cambodia is $190 in 2020]. Thanks to the extra income, she can prepare, for example, for unexpected medical expenses. I am very happy to find that JVC’s agricultural training sessions and the reservoirs help stabilize lives in the farming communities. Sam Khorn’s genuine efforts in her vegetable garden have greatly changed her everyday life.
Becoming agricultural training lecturers
In addition to Sim Meas and Sam Khorn, there are other people who passionately work on their vegetable gardens by implementing what they have learned through JVC’s agricultural training. Recently, we asked them to become instructors of the vegetable garden and compost training. They can teach everything from what is good for the plants to how hard it is to take care of it because they practice vegetable gardening by themselves and can teach by using their own gardens. They can give very realistic information to the trainees.
In my next blog, I will tell you about a person who tackled many challenges and made the greatest progress. Please look forward to the story of Ms. Bopper.
Information about the new coronavirus in Cambodia (as of February 2, 2021)
There was a spread of infection for a while last November, but now everything has gotten back to normal. There are almost no domestically infected persons. Only those who come back from Thailand by land and those inspected at airports are the confirmed cases. The current number of confirmed cases is 466 with no death in the population of 16 million. Cambodia continues to be one of the most stable countries in the world.Share This: