Community Health Development Program (CHDP)
We are fortunate that the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia (RGC) recognizes that improving community health is essential for national development; therefore our main focus is towards meeting peoples health needs. We work in cooperation with the Provincial Health Department (PHD) to help bring about some of the recommended changes of the Ministry of Health (MoH).
YWAM began ministering in the Siempang District in 1993 with the Health Centre (HC) and our successes led us to implement the Community Health Development Program (CHDP) in 2000 to address the wider issues related to under-development and ill-health.
We have grown rapidly from assisting in 3 villages to now over 20 villages. Even though 21 of 28 villages in our area have formally joined our program we are always ready and willing to assist any of the remaining villages.
Formal inclusion in the CHDP means that our Khmer Trainers help communities elect people to onto the Village Development Committee (VDC) or to be Village Health Volunteers (VHVs), and then train them to design, plan, and implement their own development projects (VDCs) or to promote health through education and modeling of good health practices (VHVs).
We have directly improved the health of over 20,000 people over the last 10 years. Here is a sample of the kinds of improvements that we have implemented at the request of and with the involvement of the communities. YWAM promotes authorship and ownership of development rather than taking a top-down proscriptive approach to development.
- Construction of family latrines
- Well construction to provide clean water
- Vegetables (fertilized by organic compost)
- Raising chickens, fish, frogs, or eels
- Improved rice farming
- Mangoes from our tree nursery
- Primary school construction
- Construction of small bridges to link villages
In terms of sustainability, it has been encouraging to see the population understand why change is important to their health and livelihood. There is a sense of hope in the community. As the government is increasingly resourced to develop the country (for example, providing community wells) we are finding that our focus is becoming more on family based projects such as vegetable gardens, fish ponds, latrines, etc, rather than on community based projects (roads, bridges, schools etc), and this is a strategic shift we must make with changing circumstances.
If you have any training in development work, agriculture, water & sanitation or other related skills then would you prayerfully consider joining us?