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Read how your gifts made a significant impact on the lives of farmers in Cambodia.

Savings Groups in Kratie, Battambang, and Banteay Meanchey districts in Cambodia receive 81 water filters thanks to UMC #GivingTuesday gifts made to Community Health and Agriculture Development (CHAD) program last year.

Celebrating Livelihood Successes in Cambodia

UMC #GivingTuesday donations made last year to the Community Health and Agriculture Development Program (CHAD), Advance #14916A, supported 1,184 individuals in getting medical assistance and receiving livelihood support.  Read more about how your generous gifts impacted farmer communities in Cambodia in significant and tangible ways.

Changha Methodist Church is an isolated church located in Poy Wat village, Ochrov district in Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia. Mostly everyone, both church and community members alike are farmers.   

In 2013, Pat Wat village was completed covered in water due to severe floods— an event that befalls the region almost every year.  When flooding occurs, many church and community members are forced to go to Thailand to seek construction work to help support their families’ needs.

“When I saw my rice farm under the big flood for a long time, I knew it was destroyed,” said Phay Pat, a community member.  “I cried tearfully to Jesus Christ.  I told Him about my hard life and asked Him to save me or I won’t have anything to give back to the rice bank.”

A few weeks later, the waters receded and the rice survived the deluge.  For Pat, rice production was far better for her than the previous year. Prior to this event, Pat would harvest an average of 11 to 13 sacks of rice. But this year, she harvested 18 sacks of rice, equaling 1.8 tons. Not only did the community have enough food for the whole year, but they we able to sell the surplus, earning additional income to support their children’s education.

Supporting CHAD’s rice bank initiative, a food security and livelihood cooperative project, is one way UMC #GivingTuesday gifts can impact the lives of farmers in Cambodia.  Currently, CHAD has established 101 rice banks in 73 Methodist of Cambodia churches. Community rice banks improve food security and links farmers to technical resources so they can increase crop yields. Farmers also have the opportunity to take microloans that enable them to start their own businesses and support their families.

Last year’s UMC #GivingTuesday gifts to CHAD also supported communities in a number of ways, including:

 Establishing 25 cow-raising groups and 25 chicken-raising groups in 73 Methodist of Cambodia churches.
 Constructing 123 latrines in Kratie, Banteay Meanchey and Battambang districts
 Providing 1,431 people, including 893 women, with medical care at an eye clinic in Kraite and Svay Rieng provinces through dedicated United Methodist Volunteers in Mission teams.

Establishing 25 cow-raising groups and 25 chicken-raising groups in 73 Methodist of Cambodia churches.

Constructing 123 latrines in Kratie, Banteay Meanchey and Battambang districts.

Providing 1,431 people, including 893 women, with medical care at an eye clinic in Kraite and Svay Rieng provinces through dedicated United Methodist Volunteers in Mission teams.

Global Ministries Missionary Ken Cruz  who serves as a Community Development Specialist for CHAD, says encouragingly, “As you prepare for the season of Advent, remember the many individuals like Phay Pat in Cambodia whom you've helped with your support in the past year.”

UMC #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2

This year, Global Ministries will again provide matching grants, up to $1 million*, for online donations made to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2, “When Methodists Are United.” One hundred percent of gifts given go to projects designated by the donor through The Advance, The United Methodist Church’s giving channel.

For resources to promote and share UMC #GivingTuesday, click here.

*Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 2, 2014, between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.

All photos are courtesy of CHAD

   
   
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