Garden Greens for a Great Future
A financially insecure family learns how to thrive by growing their very own garden.
Six-year-old Seng and his parents are considered a ‘most vulnerable family’ in the Borei Chulsar district of southern Cambodia. They make little money to support their day to day living.
Seng’s father, Phorn, migrated to Thailand with high hopes for a better paying job. In reality, it was a nightmare.
“I was forced to work very hard with low pay for three years until I got a serious sickness,” says Phorn. “Then I came back home with nothing and owed my friend 270,000 riels [$67.50 US] for transportation. When I arrived home, my son did not recognize me,” the father says with sadness.
With the goal in mind to be sustainably independent, World Vision cooperated with local authorities to support Seng and his family.
Both Phorn and Seng’s mother, Phally, received agricultural training. They learned how to grow vegetables, like long bean and cucumber, with success and a high yield.
“Now I enjoy working in my small farm,” Phorn says with contentment. “We earn 80,000-90,000 riels [$20.00-22.50 US] per day. I promised my son that I [will] stop migrating to Thailand.”
By equipping them with agricultural knowledge, Seng’s parents are now able to contribute to his school fund.