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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 and care for animals like chickens to help them earn an income and feed their families.

How your gift helps

Vong Savong, from Prey Veng in southern Cambodia, has always helped to hold her family together. After her parents died, Vong Savong was left to look after her six younger siblings and, over time, the number of those under her care grew as her siblings got married and had children of their own. Vong Savong worked hard to provide for the growing family, but the rice paddy she tended couldn’t supply enough food. When one of her sisters became ill, she had to sell the family’s valuable possessions to pay for medical care. Vong Savong struggled with feelings of hopelessness, but continued to work hard, even supporting the education of her small nieces and nephews.

When TEAR partner PNKS invited Vong Savong to join the local Village Development Association (VDA), her situation began to improve. Membership in the VDA opened up valuable opportunities for Vong Savong to learn, receive support, and explore business initiatives that helped release her from the burden of poverty. Through agricultural training with the VDA she, and other members, learnt how to grow a variety of vegetables, more effective techniques for rice planting, how to make their own natural pesticides and raise chickens, fish and crickets.

It was the training in chicken raising that really captured Vong Savong’s attention and began a successful income-generation activity. PNKS helped provide 3 vaccinated hens, a feeding pot and chicken feed, and now Vong Savong’s flock has grown to 30 chickens and 20 newly hatched chicks (not to mention ducks, cows and a small rice field!). Raising and selling chickens has provided nutritious food and income for the family, and others in the community are able to learn techniques from Vong Savong’s experience. In the future, she hopes to keep expanding the chicken farm to further support her nephew through university, and use her savings and interest from the VDA to dig a well to irrigate her vegetable garden and rice field.

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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