In cooperation with Phnom Pen Church of Christ, OISCA Cambodia carried out on May 16 and 23, food aid to support 77 local households who are suffering from poverty in livelihood under Corona virus pandemic.
Since the end of February, the number of people infected by the virus is increasing in Phnom Pen. The government locked down the city from April 14 through May 5 and restricted movement and activities. Particularly the area seriously infected was designated as red zone, and even after the lockdown, it has been prohibited to go out, hold markets and conduct business activities.
In the midst of extreme poverty in the lives of people who have lost access to food and income, Mr. Chhourng Sovanna, former OISCA trainee and CFP Manager, started proving food aid. But the activities with the self fund were limited.
In learning about such efforts, OISCA Nishi-Nippon Training Center solicited donations “for helping former trainees who learned at the Center” and supported Mr. Sovanna’s activity. In the red zone of Phnom Pen where the movement of people is severely restricted, OISCA Cambodia with the cooperation of government officials, distributed food such as rice and noodles to 77 households.
Aiming for Activities in Cooperation with Communities
In Cambodia which does not have a base for activities such as a permanent training center, former trainees who underwent training in Japan are promoting in cooperation the activities in each community. The fellows who enliven the activities together are more powerful than anything else for continuing the activities in coordination with schools aside from their main work. We are aiming to strengthen a cooperative system appealing school teachers and university students for their active participation.
The activity in which everyone wants to participate
The Tuol Pen Primary school is a very small
school with only young pupils from grade 1-3. It is very hard to reach there in the rainy season because of the unpaved slippery rood and sticky soil. In the rainy season, sometimes pupils have no classes because their old
classroom’s roof leaks badly. They had a large ground but there were no tree and no shade which protect the children from the hot weather in dry season. That’s why they requested OISCA to start the CFP.
Children’s awareness grows with trees
Toul Meas Primary School is located in a rural area about 38km away from the capital of Kampong Cham Province. The School had wide schoolyard with fertile soil, but there was no tree and no shade for children to rest. The school principal wanted to plant trees with students and promote awareness program for environment conservation. That is why the CFP activity was started in this school.
Let’s protect the disappearing nature of FURUSATO
The school is located 2 km away from the village and is surrounded by rice fields. The whole school is carrying out environmental protection activities, and the participating students are enthusiastically taking care of the seedlings planted. Thanks to the daily efforts of the children, the 110 seedlings planted in 2016 are growing well. They planted such trees as Afzelia Xylocarpa, Cassia Fistula and teak. Afzelia Xylocarpa is almost gone because of deforestation. Through planting these local tree species, the children are recognizing the original richness of nature.
Just joined CFP!
This school is located in a peaceful countryside about 5 km away from the national road. Since it is on the high ground, there is no flooding damage even during the rainy season. There are no trees for shade in the schoolyard, and CFP activities started in 2016 in the wake of the call by the school principal for planting trees.
learning environment and practicing
About 750 students of Deum Kokoh Primary School, Damril Primary School and Damril Secondary School joined the environmental workshop and the planting trees. They learned how to separate garbage or pant the trees in the workshop. After that, they planted about 550 trees.
Tuol Trea chool was established in 1979 and is located in the rubber plantation area. The pupils know only the rubber plant and are not aware of any other kinds of forestry trees. In the school compound has only one tree variety so they needed some variety to plant in their school compounds.
Tropearng Reusey Primary School in Cambodia joined the Green Wave this year. Before the Green Wave day, the environmental workshop was held and children studied about many environmental issues such as importance of recycling, global warming, and technique of tree planting.
In the morning of 22nd May, 439 children gathered to participate in the Green Wave action. The total of 400 tree seedlings was planted this time (245 Neang Noun seedlings, 60 Beng seedlings, 2 Kror Nhung seedlings, 50 Kohkos seedlings, 43 Sokrom seedlings). The seedlings planted this time were forestry trees that children rarely see in their community, so OISCA staff explained the name of each tree and the reason to plant them.
Their Green Wave action has been registered to the Green Wave Website. Their action became a part of the “Green Wave”!
Chumkiri Primary School was established by the community. It is located in an under-developed area with a very limited educational system. The school's environment has very high temperatures and lacks greenery so CFP tree planting activities were well needed.