Through a Lens

Here are a few pictures and summaries about what we learned during the last week of our course. Cheoung Ek Killing Field
Skulls
Skulls of some of the victims killed at Choeung Ek.
We spent half a day visiting a place where around 20,000 were murdered. We were able to learn a bit of the history of the Khmer Rouge genocide, hear recorded stories of survivors, and learn of the ways people were killed. One of the most disturbing things I learned about was the Magic Tree. Here, giant speakers were blaring the sounds of music to drown out the sound of people being killed. "These were the last sounds the victims ever heard." Farms
Chicks
Some adorable chicks we saw while visiting farms partnering with World Renew.
Piglets
Piglets that were born the night before on a farm partnering with World Renew.
World Renew is a global company. Their goal is to be able to leave and for the Khmer people to be able to sustain themselves. We learned a lot about the country of Cambodia such as in 2000, about 38% of people were below the poverty line which is $1.25/day. World Renew is big on integrative community development meaning the focus on education, governance (working with community on trust issues between historically opposing groups [ex: farmers and builders who want land]), livelihood (training on small business programs, seed projects, savings, and fertilizer), and health (mainly awareness of why washing hands, cleaning their water filters, etc. are important). They also have a ten step process when they enter into a community: entry into community, community immersion, core group foundation, CBO foundation, capacity building, participatory community research, community planning, community and resource training, project implantation, advanced community. At the farms we visited, we were able to meet with the Church Board and Sales Group of one community partnering with World Renew.
Cucumber
Fresh cucumber given to us by one the of farmers partnering with IDE (International Development Enterprise).
Cucumber Sprouts
Cucumber sprouts with drip irrigation on a farm partnering with IDE.
Long Beans
Long beans planted only two months ago on a farm partnering with IDE.
IDE, International Development Enterprise, is an organization that definitely stuck out from the rest of the NGO's, non-governmental organization. IDE is also a small business; they help teach people how to farm better and what crops to plant, cut out the middle man (and people taking advantage of farmers not knowing how much their product is worth) by buying the products straight from the farmers to take to the market, and use all of their profits towards furthering IDE's purpose. RDI
RDI Clay Filter
Flow rate of clay filter being tested before it is decided if the pot is acceptable for selling.
RDI, Resource Development International, makes clay filters for an affordable amount. The goal flow rate is 2-3.5 liters/hour (less than 2 means the water is very safe, but customers don't like anything slower than 2 L/hour because it takes too long to get their water.) We learned about how they make the pots and other programs they have regarding sanitation education. For example RDI puts together a puppet show about water sanitation that is fun, but ultimately, educational.  

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