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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.
TGF Country Director, Samuel Flint, Reflects on 2017

TGF Country Director, Samuel Flint, Reflects on 2017

Dear Friends of TGF, 2017 has certainly been an interesting year for us here at Temple Garden Foundation, as it has been for anyone with a connection to Cambodia. We have waved goodbye to longstanding staff, and welcomed new members to our small team. We implemented...

TGF Newsletter Autumn 2017

TGF Newsletter Autumn 2017

TGF has been busy this Autumn, with new projects beginning, exciting fundraising efforts being organised, and planning for 2018 underway. Please take a moment to read our Autumn Newsletter, where we highlight some recent achievements, challenges and plans for the...

Child Education Programme Prepares for New School Year

Child Education Programme Prepares for New School Year

As October draws to a close, Child Education Programme (CEP) staff begin to wrap up the Summer School Project (SSP), and finalise planning for the next school year. During the September and October school holidays TGF held it's Summer School, in an effort to increase...

Open Defecation Free-Status for Two Villages in Chi Kraeng District

Open Defecation Free-Status for Two Villages in Chi Kraeng District

Open Defecation Free This past August, two villages in Chi Kraeng district were deemed Open Defecation Free (ODF). The villages of Sleng Kong and Kok Thlok, in the Klol Thlok Leu commune, were determined to be ODF, after a visit from the Provincial Department of Rural...

Migration in Chi Kraeng

Migration in Chi Kraeng

A Whole Family Moves Leakana recently moved back to Chi Kraeng district, after spending a year in Thailand, with her husband. They could not afford passports, so entered the country illegally, crossing the border in a remote forest, with their then-four year old son,...

The Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat Challenge 2017: Ultra Running for TGF

The Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat Challenge 2017: Ultra Running for TGF

This December, two dedicated supporters of TGF will be undertaking a breathtaking feat, to raise funds to go towards life changing programming in Chi Kraeng district. Matthew Pocock and Mark Ferguson, UK nationals living in Singapore, will run from Phnom Penh to Siem...

All in a Day’s Work for TGF Field Staff

All in a Day’s Work for TGF Field Staff

Here is an example of a typical day for TGF field staff - that is, programme staff and drivers, who bring life changing projects to Chi Kraeng district. Starting bright and early, TGF programme staff and drivers converge at the Head Office in Siem Reap for 7am, when...

TGF Summer 2017 Newsletter Now Available

TGF Summer 2017 Newsletter Now Available

We are excited to share our new quarterly Newsletter with you, to give you a better idea of what has gone on in TGF's world. Please click the link below to access our Summer Newsletter 2017. TGF Summer Newsletter 2017