WHAT WE DO - ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Poverty and poor living conditions affect a large proportion of the population living in COCD target areas. Key contributors include lack of access to capital and agricultural resources, fertile land, climate change, lack of employment opportunities, and wealth generation being concentrated in urban areas.

COCD programs aim to address the key contributors of poverty and poor living conditions which result in devastating consequences for children including poor health and education, malnourishment and higher vulnerability to exploitation, and greater levels of migration.

Our goal is to reduce the vulnerability of children through improved and sustainable socio-economic livelihoods for families and their communities by addressing the key contributors of poverty and poor living conditions.

What we do:

Economic empowerment & employment
  • Increase vocational skills and create job opportunities for young people.
Farming and agriculture
  • Increase skills in farming and agriculture
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) & health
  • Better access to water and sanitation related services and resources to enable villager to work productively.
Safe migration & human trafficking
  • Improve and strengthen child protection mechanisms and services.
Natural disaster risk reduction  
  • Support communities become more resilient and prepared.

How we do this

  • Education/ skill development with villagers and duty bearers on finance & employment, farming and agriculture, safe migration & human trafficking and WASH & nutrition. 
  • Convene self-help groups to provide a forum for community members to raise concerns and problem solve together.
  • Provision of resources or families or restore infrastructure –  financial loans/capital, livestock & farming equipment, WASH facilities (e.g. toilets, water wells or restore community ponds), nutrition packages.
  • Collaborate with local authorities / key actors to respond to key issues including human trafficking and safe migration. 

Neou Socheat’s story – A Widow’s Life Improved
In grade 5, Mrs. Socheat was forced to quit school and move to the city to earn an income to support her family in the village. Mrs. Socheat now has a family of her own and is unable to generate enough income to feed them adequately and provide them with schooling opportunities.

Mrs. Socheat’s family was selected by the village and commune authorities to join a COCD project. She was provided with a seeding cow, training on technical skills in raising chickens, and an interest-free loan to help her generate daily income to provide for her family.

Mrs. Socheat used her interest-free loan to purchase seeding hens. She now runs a successful chicken-raising business and can proudly generate enough income to develop her family.