Known as the country with the highest density of landmines in the world, Cambodia and its people still suffer from injuries and fatalities from landmine accidents even though its civil war is long over.
The HCM Group has been donating to Good Earth Japan (GEJ), an NPO, since FY2007 to support the self-reliance of local people who live in the post minefield in Cambodia.
In the past, GEJ has been educating local people and improving agricultural technology through agricultural training, in addition to improving the living environment such as road and pond construction, and also been focusing on the enhancement of education by building new school and teacher’s house. In March 2020, after 13 years support activities in Battambang Province in Cambodia, HCM and GEJ have decided to end its activities because a certain level of good result has been achieved.
As the final support of GEJ to Cambodia, HCM and GEJ jointly donated 2 road maintenance machines and some amount of cash to Provincial Department of Rural Development (PDRD) for their future maintenance work to infrastructures which GEJ had built so that villagers can get benefit from them for a long time even after GEJ’s departure from Cambodia. On March 11, the Hand-over Ceremony of the donated goods was held in Battambang Province, although officials from Japan were unable to attend due to the effects of the expansion of the new coronavirus infection, and attended by the deputy head of the GEJ Phnom Penh Office, Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (PDAFF), Cambodia Mine Action Center (CMAC) and many villagers, who have been working locally together for many years.
GEJ’s 13-year activity results are Agricultural Trainings in 27 villages (cumulative 8,507 people), Infrastructure Constructions : 5 schools, 57.5 kilometers of road, 1 bridge, 39 ponds, and 8 water wells. What has been accumulated in the past activities will become a big foundation to enrich the villages. In the future, it is expected that the local people will become main players to regain the vitality of the region furthermore.
Hand-over of two road maintenance machines