On the other hand, once the landmines have been removed, what remains is wild land. There is no infrastructure foundation to support life and society, and local residents lack the knowhow to develop the land and make it fertile. While Cambodia is an agricultural country, and most farmers make a living by growing rice, productivity is low, and life is difficult. Furthermore, many people have been injured by landmines, and it is not easy for these people to become self-sufficient.
The specified NPO Good Earth Japan (GEJ) works to rebuild local communities after landmines have been cleared and provides support for people rebuilding self-sufficient lives. We are working on a project to partner with Cambodians to develop fertile land through support for GEJ, such as fund-raising drives. Established in 2007, GEJ launched its support activities in April of the same year in the village of Slap Pang in Battambang Province, Cambodia. The NPO has upheld the vision of “aiming to revitalize the land after landmines are cleared and to realize the peaceful and wealthy society where children always have smiles on their faces.” Since its establishment, in addition to continually undertaking activities with a focus on not only support for physical infrastructure, such as building both general-purpose and agricultural roads in areas cleared of mines, but also soft infrastructure, including road maintenance/repair technology and agricultural technology so that people living in the area can become self-sufficient, GEJ has expanded the fields it provides support in.