Where should we dig a reservoir?

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (January 10, 2019); Translated by M. Goto/D. Duchaine/K. Stepanchak] Happy New Year! On the last working day of 2018, the JVC Cambodia team held a meeting about “Where should we dig a reservoir?” Villagers, the village headman, and two of executive officers attended the meeting. Why are we going to dig a reservoir? From May to August 2018 (may be longer than this, if we include the preparatory period), we have reviewed our activities for these two years and half. We then realized that more than 70% of the participants who practiced food processing and farming training produced a good result. On the other…

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TRC HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE LIBRARY AT THE ROYAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (May 28, 2019); Translated by Y. Nakamura/S. Altman] Hello, everyone. JVC Cambodia Office transferred the TRC (Trainer’s Resource Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development) to the Library at the Royal University of Agriculture of Cambodia on February 27th, 2019. We started the TRC in 1994. It had been putting books out for general use and lending them to the public for free, having a library of about six thousand books related to agriculture, rural village development and the environment both at home and abroad. After much discussion with the parties concerned, we came to the conclusion that it was best to transfer the…

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Are You Okay with Insects…?

[Original posted on EXPAT by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (September 28, 2018); Translated by M. Goto/S. Altman] Hello everyone, I live in the farming village, Kampong Kdei, which is an hour and half away from Siem Reap. Japanese people often say that Phnom Penh, the capital, resembles Tokyo and Siem Reap, the town full of ruins, can be compared to Kyoto. How about Kampong Kdei where I live? Is it … Gifu!? (no proof) Anyway, this is a calm countryside, which is not very far from sightseeing places where many tourists come. When I say that I live in the countryside, people ask me “Are you okay with insects?” They…

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A conference for annual plans and the “Marshmallow Challenge” are now completed!

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (March 6, 2018); Translated by Y. Hirono] Each JVC local office had been reflecting on their 2017 activities and operations, and having conferences for annual plans for 2018 during this spring (the blog about the conference for annual plans in South Africa can also be read here.) In Cambodia, all the staff members also gathered together and held the conference during the period of 12-16 February and 26-28 February. We rented accommodation for the second round of the conference and lodged together for two nights. JVC in Cambodia has conducted food-processing trainings for farmers and afforestation at some schools. We discussed how these operations…

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THE GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE CHARITY BAZAAR @ CAMBODIA

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (March 15, 2018); Translated by M. Tang/J. Hills] Good afternoon! This is Mariko Omura from Cambodia. On March 11th 2018, a charity bazaar in aid of the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake was held at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This bazaar was organized by the famous Cambodia pepper maker, KURATA PEPPER, and sponsored by many well-known stores in Phnom Penh. This time, we took the chance to donate the proceeds of this charity bazaar to JVC’s Kesennuma and Minamisoma Projects. On that day, I was in charge of a large panel exhibition booth, which was prepared by KURATA PEPPER. The bazaar started at…

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Cambodian People’s Faces As They Really Are (No. 9): Ms. Chanlaksmey (Accountant)

[Original by Asami ISHIYAMA, 2015 Cambodia Office Intern (September 12, 2016); Translated by Y. Nakamura/A. Senkoff] This time I would like to introduce Ms. Chanlaksmey, a graceful lady engaged in accounting at our office in Phnom Penh. Ms. Chanlaksmey is a Catholic in a country where Buddhism prevails, so I was able to listen to her interesting stories which differ considerably to the other staff members. Please read the contents of her interview now.

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