The funding provided will be used to cover the costs of :
- the hands-on training/mentoring sessions to build capacity and self-sufficient communities;
- seeds, fertiliser and resources, to grow food using their existing land;
- recycled containers and wood to build vegetable beds for families to grow their food on limited land.
The goal of the Home Food Garden Project is to support 14 of the families impacted economically by COVID-19 in Sambour Commune to produce their own food.
The expected short-term outcomes of the project are:
- 14 families or 70 people minimum will complete the Home Food Garden Project course, undertaking two days of initial training
- 100% of participants increase their knowledge about basic chemical-free farming
- 100% of participants have access to the required resource to establish their home gardens
- 14 families have improved their nutrition and wellbeing
The expected long-term outcomes of the project are:
- The alleviation of food insecurity for 14 families
- Improved nutrition, resulting in a significant reduction in the number of children under five years old who are stunted
- Other families will be inspired to replicate the Home Food Garden, positively impacting nutrition of the wider community
- Families with surplus produce can sell their chemical-free vegetables to other families, generating an income
All resources are purchased from small businesses in the community, injecting much-needed funds into their hard-hit economy.
The Home Food Garden Project was initiated this year by HHA Cambodia, and has progressed in leaps and bounds thanks to the support of our generous donors. This is the second grant we have received from the Universal Charitable Fund. In 2019 they supported two Cambodian women to undertake the 12-month sewing program run by HHA Cambodia. The goal of the Universal Charitable Fund is to provide 100 grants per year to local Australian charities who help people in need in Australia and overseas. We are grateful for their support.