Celebrating a Khmer Wedding

Last weekend was the wedding day of my friend and our volunteers were invited. We left the volunteer house early in the morning and reached there about 7.50am. This was on time for the first procession which in Khmer is called Hai Chum Noon. This means the groom brings many offerings for the bride’s family. We stood in lines carrying …

A different kind of Christmas

For many of our teachers this is the first Christmas that they’ve spent in Asia. Although Christmas is not a public holiday in Cambodia the school does close for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Our volunteers Jay, Matt and Sam describe how they spent the festive break.  Cycling Siem Reap Teaching has been a great experience so far. I’ve managed …

The Philippines: DARE show how to do relief work

We’re pretty chuffed to update you on our former volunteer Josh’s role in the aid effort after Haiyan. As reported earlier on our blog, Josh and his partner Arion set up the Direct Assistance Relief Effort (DARE) in a bid to tackle the problem of aid distribution in the Philippines.   They have distributed supplies to hundreds of families.        DARE’s …

Access to water is changing women’s lives on Koh Phdao

Since 2006,the Cam­bod­ian Rural Devel­op­ment Team (CRDT) has imple­men­ted sev­eral pro­jects to improve food secur­ity and income gen­er­a­tion for the local people in Koh Phdao vil­lage. The aim has been to reduce their poverty and sup­port nat­ural resource con­ser­va­tion, espe­cially the Irrawaddy Dol­phins in the Mekong River. However,  CRDT have found that whilst this vil­lage is situ­ated on one of …

Case study: Hem Sareth, a livelihood improved by vegetable growing

Mrs. Hem Sareth, 46, lives in Khe vil­lage in Stung Treng province. She has two daugh­ters and three sons. The two daugh­ters are already married, so she cur­rently stays with her hus­band and the three sons. Land­less­ness forced her to relo­cate from her home­land in Kan­dal province to Stung Treng province in 2009. When she first arrived, her fam­ily tem­por­ar­ily stayed with …