Development and Partnership in Action (DPA)
DPA is transforming the lives of those it reaches. Every morning in the village of Prey Veng, Nop Ponleu, 6, prepares to go to an elementary school in a neighbouring village. It is an opportunity that few have had in his village, yet it is now made possible thanks to a nursery school that was built there by DPA. The nursery school provides the children in the village with the level of schooling needed to get into elementary school. Without it, Nop Ponleu would not see his young dream of an education come true. DPA not only built the nursery school, but also provided the school books and training for both teachers and parents. But DPA’s impact does end there.
Ponleu lives with his parents, his two sisters, his grandmother and his aunt in a little house made of wood and tin. They are one of many families who have benefited from DPA’s training workshops in growing organic rice. Little by little, life is improving for this family and for others in the village. Although there is still no electricity there, DPA has helped build pipelines and water storage ponds as a reserve for times of drought. When the village floods, DPA distributes sandbags. With DPA’s help, Prey Veng and other villages like it are becoming better equipped to withstand the impact of climate change and its potentially devastating effects.
NGO Forum on Cambodia
The NGO Forum aims to bring together non-governmental organizations in Cambodia in order to create a united and coherent advocacy platform on development issues. It is a member-based organization that has over 80 members and together they exchange information, debate issues, create advocacy campaigns and participate in government consultations. It main objective is to give rights to the poor and it works to highlight the impact of development processes and economic, social and political changes on Cambodians.
It runs development, land and livelihood, and environmental programs which promote aid effectiveness, minority rights for Indigenous communities, sustainable agriculture, pesticide reduction, housing rights and community rights particularly in relation to hydropower development.