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Chickens are the gift that keeps on giving! Rearing chickens can provide extra food and income. This gift contributes to projects that help people learn how to raise chickens, including building coops and keeping chicks healthy.

How your gift helps

Phan Khorn lives in a small village in Cambodia with his wife and son. A few years ago he was badly injured when he stepped on a land mine while walking in the mountains. His sight was damaged and he lost a leg.

Living with a disability, Phan Khorn is not able to do the heavy manual work men in his village often do. He has had to find alternative ways to earn a living, and through being involved with TEAR’s partner Ponleu Ney Kdey Sangkum (PNKS), has been able to start raising chickens.

PNKS helps to support local farmers to increase their food supply and ability to make a living through activities like animal husbandry and vegetable gardening. PNKS comes alongside communities and helps them create Village Development Associations (VDAs), which are made up of 20-40 volunteer village representatives. PNKS then helps train these representatives; supporting and training them to respond to needs in their communities.

Phan Khorn joined his Village Development Association a few years ago and began to get support to raise chickens, ensuring better nutrition for his family and extra income selling eggs or birds. He learnt how to care for and feed chickens, how to construct housing and also about prevention of illness, as well as treating chickens if they become unwell.

The VDA also helps its members with low-interest loans funded by communal savings. Phan Khorn was able to start saving with the association, and also borrow money when he needed to. He says, “If I was not part of the project, if I needed money I would have to borrow from the private lender or microfinance, which has a very high interest rate. This is very difficult, so it’s easy and beneficial to be part of the association – for me and the whole community. I’m very proud of being part of the association.”

Phan Khorn’s dream for the future is to expand his chicken-raising business. Before he joined the VDA, his chickens were often sick and his disability meant he couldn’t work in the fields, which left him feeling hopeless. Now, as a member of the VDA, he has the skills not only to raise healthy chickens but also to look after cows and grow rice. Phan Khorn’s life has been transformed by the project. He says: “My life now it’s better, it’s improving day by day.”

About our partner

PNKS stands for Ponleu Ney Kdey Sangkhum, which means "light of hope". It is a Cambodian Christian NGO working in community building, agriculture and livelihoods training and health. PNKS comes alongside communities and helps them create Village Development Associations (VDAs) – groups of local volunteers, including people from the poorest and most vulnerable families. It then helps train these volunteers, building up their skills and capacity so they can respond to needs in their community and bring about long-lasting transformative change.

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