Project WALS: Improving the Wellbeing and Living Standards of Disadvantaged Women

Empowering women through farming initiatives and female led self-help groups

Partner: Cambodian Organisation for Children and Development (COCD)

Sector: Education and Livelihoods

Location: Veal Veng District, Pursat Province, rural Western Cambodia

The Problem

Project WALS will operate across five rural villages in the Veal Veng District in Cambodia’s west. Veal Veng’s remoteness has a major impact on local people’s access to social services, and compounds nation-wide difficulties with education, healthcare and children’s and women’s rights abuses. For example, only 27% of Cambodia’s children aged 3-5 years old are developmentally on-track in literacy and numeracy.

The goal of this partnership between INA and COCD is to increase access to education, clean water, sustainable livelihoods, and protection for vulnerable children in these remote communities.

The Project

To address these challenges and promote gender equality and sustainable livelihoods, this project aims to train female household heads in agriculture and chicken production, support families to keep children in school, and run educational community campaigns to promote improved hygiene and sanitation practices.

Our Goals

Goal 1: To develop opportunities for women head of households to increase agriculture production (chicken) and subsequent incomes

Goal 2: To support girls to complete primary school and transition to secondary school

Goal 3: To enable children (especially girls) and their families to access clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities

Projected Beneficiaries Count: 750

Project Outputs and Indicators:

Output 1.1: 60 women heads of low-income families who have increased chicken production as a result of access to the promoted chicken raising practices and other training conducted and also benefited from the seeding finance.

Output 2.1: 60 girls who live in vulnerable families (especially poor families) supported to stay in school.

Output 3.1: Community people including supported girls and their families increased understanding of living a hygienic environment.