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SARS-COV-2 IN CAMBODIA

Whilst infection rates have remained low, the impacts of the SARS-COV-2 virus are already affecting the livelihoods of the villagers in Chi Kraeng district. Many household incomes are supplemented by remittances from family members working in tourism in Siem Reap, in Thailand, on construction sites around the country or the garment industry centred around Phnom Penh. Due to the global economic slowdown, the tourism industry has collapsed, factories are shedding workers, construction has halted and an estimated 70,000 migrant workers have returned to rural villages in the last month alone.

Right now, the supprt provided by TGF is more essential than ever before and we are doing all we can to continue to assist these vulnerable rural populations during this difficult time. Despite restrictions on our activities to reduce the spread of the virus we continue to operate across the villages we support to ensure the continued delivery of vital services, health information, improve sanitation and hygiene access, increase household resilence and support government initiatives to contain the virus.

As such, TGF response has been twofold. First, to assist local authorities and health workers to disseminate health information to reinforce good hygeiene measures and basic social distancing guidelines and second, to work directly with villagers to improve access to sanitation and hygeiene and to increase household food production to increase their resilience to price increases or food shortages.

Temple Garden Foundation has so far:

    • Siloed staff from each of our 4 programmes to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 between staff members and beneficiaries.
    • Provided all staff with COVID-19 health education, personal protective equipment and alcohol based hand sanitizers.
    • Introduced temperature checks for participants before all field activities and distance spacing between participants.
    • Conducted COVID-19 health education for local village, commune and health centre chiefs.
    • Provided thousands of protective masks and hand sanitizer to primary healthcare facilities for use with patients.
    • Posted public health information posters on COVID-19 mitigation in key locations around the 5 communes in which we work.
    • Provided mobile health messaging directly to 59 villages reaching approximately 10,000 households.
    • Coordinated with local authorities to provide food and water to returning workers quarantined for 2 weeks.
    • Provided materials and training to more than 75 households in home vegetable, fish and chicken production.
    • Established a well drilling team to subsidise the drilling of community wells to ensure access to water for hygiene and sanitation.
    • Worked to develop home learning tools for parents and students to assist them in continuing education while schools are closed.
Taiwan King of the Mountain (KOM) bike challenge

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We’re thrilled to announce that this year we’ve yet another Fundraising Volunteer who will undertake a major sporting challenge and sponsorship on behalf of TGF! Robert Patterson a Singapore resident working in the Technology sector and a participant in last year’s...

Improving Access to Early Childhood Education in Rural Cambodia

Improving Access to Early Childhood Education in Rural Cambodia

Tara, of TGF's Child Education programme, pauses during construction of a kindergarten classroom at Thnal Lok village, Spean Tnaut Commune, Chi Kraeng District, Siem Reap Province, to talk about some of the successes of the Early Child Education Project in recent...

TGF Spring 2019 Newsletter

TGF Spring 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends & Supporters, TGF has been changing lives in rural Cambodia for over ten years now, and the start of 2019 has been no different. Please take a moment to read our Spring 2019 Newsletter - where we highlight recent issues facing rural Cambodian people...

Continued Improvements in Child Nutrition in 2019

Continued Improvements in Child Nutrition in 2019

This April, we conducted the first of our bi-annual malnutrition screenings. We support five local Health Centers and 118 Village Health Volunteers in the measurement of over 5,000 children under five years old. Over the years we have developed strategy with local...

Trustees Meet Project Users in Chi Kraeng

Trustees Meet Project Users in Chi Kraeng

This March, members of TGF's Board of Trustees visited Chi Kraeng district, to meet members of TGF's Individual Entrepreneur project and to conduct a focus group discussion, to gain constructive feedback from the users of the project - the beneficiaries. This was an...

Drought in Chi Kraeng and Cambodia

Drought in Chi Kraeng and Cambodia

Cambodia's typical dry season brings six months with very little to no rain. In recent years, extremes of drought, flooding and unpredictable weather have increased, putting livelihoods of a country where 80% of people still rely on subsistence farming at risk. This...

TGF Newsletter: Winter 2018/19

TGF Newsletter: Winter 2018/19

Dear Friends and Supporters, Ten years on, and we are still delivering life-changing projects to communities in rural Cambodia, thanks to your support. Please take a moment to read our Winter Newsletter - where we highlight recent fundraising events in London and...

TGF’s Partnership with WAH Successfully Leads to Clean Water in Schools

TGF’s Partnership with WAH Successfully Leads to Clean Water in Schools

In January 2018, we visited Water and Health Foundation, or WAH, to learn about how they are successfully installing clean water systems where they are needed most. WAH has installed more than 200 systems in schools, health centres and communities in Cambodia since...

Literacy And Numeracy Improves in 2018

Literacy And Numeracy Improves in 2018

2018 saw children in Grade 6 improve their literacy and numeracy significantly, with Grade 3 students also being provided extra classes, to reach children who are struggling in school sooner. Please take a moment to read this short report on the Key Skills project in...

CrossFit Hopper Warrior Event in Malaysia

CrossFit Hopper Warrior Event in Malaysia

This October an amazing group of friends based in Singapore competed in the CrossFit Hopper Warrior competition in Kuala Lumpur, while raising funds to support TGF’s work! Many thanks to Pavel Bronnikov, Sarah McHie, Laurent Bouillet, Vera Cardoso and Alberto...