Background of organization
Children and women Development Center in Cambodia (CWDCC) is a Non-Profit and local Non Governmental Organization, bases in Kampot Province, and was registered with the Ministry of Interior in 2005. CWDCC main approach to development is to empower communities to work collectively to improve the overall wellbeing of community people, focusing particularly on women and children.
The quality of life for vulnerable groups, especially women and children are improved socially and economically, their rights are being respected, so that they can lives in peace and justice, and manage their own Sustainable natural resources.
To enhance people’s capacity and right to obtain sufficient food security, improve gender equality, education and health, focusing particularly on women, Children and vulnerable families such as the poor, handicap and PLHA, Furthermore, to support community’s rights to manage their own natural resources. These will be done through collaboration between local government experts and NGOs.
- Equality & Equity
- Love and care for children of others as ours.
Field of work
- Health and Wellbeing of Women and Children
Over the next 3 years, however, CWDCC will keep working on women issues, but focusing more on strengthening the capacity of women to understand beyond the basic health care needs, by including the overall improvement of the general wellbeing of women and children.
To address the general well being of women, it is also crucial that, CWDCC will support the capacity building for women build more networks across the villages, and to understand in-depth about other common issues facing women, including gender, domestic violence women trafficking etc.
- Gender and Domestic Violence
In this case, while the work in gender mainstreaming adopted by CWDCC has now been in progress and it leads to a significant decrease in level of domestic violence, it is important that, CWDCC will continue to support women and community to have more capacity and confidence in working with gender issues, and acting collectively to protect the rights of women and children.
- Children Education
Between 2005 -2010, through support from CWDCC, more poor children are able to attend school, and the issues of children education have often been discussed between the community, school teachers. As result, there is some increase in the level of children enrolment rate and, at the same time, a record on children drop out has also been low, at least, since CWDCC has been working in the areas.
It is expected that, over the course of this strategic period, CWDCC will put more emphasis on empowering parents to engage more effectively and advocate with the local authority and government, to provide more supports, especially in Koh Sla areas, where the school facility still be poorly managed. These supports include school buildings, teachers and school supplies to the local schools.
The ongoing supports to children education will also help to improve community awareness on child rights and child protection. Through community education and child club activities, for instance, children and community people are able to understand more in-depth about children rights and, working collectively to protect children from being abused or trafficking.
- Community Food Security
The current development invasion introduced through land concession for economic development and other investment activities relating to natural resources, has also generated more concerns over the lost of families land, decrease in community natural resources, non-timer forest products and fishery resources. These problems have been further exacerbated by the current climate change, which could impact directly on the level of productions and incomes of the poor farmers and fishers.
Based on the above case, it is essential that, CWDCC will continue to work with the target communities, to minimize the overall impacts of these current issues on the community livelihood, and, to further build the community capacity to cope more effectively with the current socio-economic conditions and climate changes. More inputs also needed, in order to build the capacity of community based organizations such as fishery and forestry, so that, they can work collectively to protect and manage their own natural resources.
- Good Governance
Over the past years, the government, with support from NGOs and other civil society groups, most basic social infrastructures are put in place. Buildings are treated as the major development asset in the views of government institutions. However, this does not lead to the direct improvement of the people’s well being. staff are still not well trained and, in the mean time, they have little motivation to work due to low salary. As result, people, especially in rural areas continue to suffer from the lack of proper support from social services, especially health, education and services from the commune councils. In this case, CWDCC’s approach to governance is to enhance the level of functioning for those public services, and therefore, it will contribute directly to the overall well being of people in rural communities.
- Community based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM)
CWDCC supports community’s initiatives to protect and manage their own natural resources. In this process, many training sessions have been organized in the areas of rule of law, human rights, government policies on fishery, forestry, land use, and other policy frameworks relating to community based natural resource management.