educating children regarding HIV/AIDS, child trafficking and the alcohol/drug
problems. Saman and her community workers use role-play to demonstrate these problems.
year 2000 I had the opportunity to attend a Community Development Conference
in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
in my last year at Deakin University when I chose to complete my Fieldwork
Placement subject by going to this conference. It was a great experience
to meet and network with like-minded community development students and
I met two very important women and as a result I became involved with
Children & Love Association (CLA). These two women, Saman Buth the founder
& co-ordinator of CLA and Barbara Jackson (an Australian) who worked as
a Community Development Advisor in Vietnam made me aware of the poverty
of the families and children in the Prey Veng Province, Cambodia.
this chance meeting an Australian organisation was formed. It is called
Community Links with Cambodia, Australia (CLC). The main aim is to make
people in Australia aware of the plight of Cambodians in the Prey Veng
Province and to provide assistance by fundraising for them.
Australia has been fundraising for the last three years to assist with
the 'Well Project'. My person journey was to find out about how these
families survived, so when I had the opportunity the travel to the Prey
Veng Province - Mesang District, I jumped at the chance.
to Mesang District I experienced the wonderful work that Saman Buth and
her co-workers have achieved. Children & Love Association (CLA) commenced
in the Mesang district Prey Veng Province in 1999.
a holistic approach to Child Rights, with a strong emphasis on providing
families with training agricultural techniques to improve their ability
to grow enough food to eat thereby earning sufficient income to overcome
the need to leave the district looking for work.
to their participation in the CLA project, family production was mainly
concerned with growing wet season rice, maintaining and repairing their
house and equipment and perhaps producing rice wine. With CLA's support,
productivity has increased dramatically through growing vegetables and
Since 1999 CLA's main funding body has been from Save
the Children (UK), which is used for educating children regarding HIV/AIDS,
child trafficking and the alcohol/drug problems. Saman
and her community workers use role-play to demonstrate these problems.
Our CLC Australian fundraising goes towards the 'Well Project', which
is run on community development principles.