It’s about Khmer babies.
Children’s Health and
Alleviate poverty in
the isolated, chronically-
poor Khmer villages
“When hungry, anything is tasty; when deeply loved and cared for, anything is good .”
The sustainable path from poverty for rural Khmer is paved by the combination of health and education. It is greatly influenced by the living, working and recreating environments of the Khmer families. Focus areas involve ‘environmental health’ including food security, environmental safety, water purity, human waste disposal, renewable energies, and economic security of each family.
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Is The Community open to new partners with compatible missions?
Yes, The Community is seeking partners with common missions, interlocking visions, shared value(s) with which the NGO can collaborate on the development of operational programs, the conduct of either basic or applied research projects, or the delivery of economic security processes for remote Khmer families.
In a nutshell, what are the most difficult challenges facing Khmer villages?
The three most pressing needs facing rural Khmer families are:
Why is ‘Health literacy’ of importance in the rural setting?
The absence of ‘health literacy’ skills is associated with riskier health and wellness behaviors, poorer health, less self-management and more hospitalization and preventable costs. Strengthening health literacy builds individual and community resilience, helps address health inequities and improves health and well-being. A solid ability to demonstrate the linkages between daily decisions and everyday health and wellness is the goal of ‘health literacy.’ The role of The Community and its partners is to eliminate those items in Khmer family environments that prohibit or impede healthy behaviors.
Why did The Community start by forming Village Learning Centers?
The gap in quality of education between the Cambodian cities and Khmer villages is wide. The gap in the availability of Khmer teachers in rural settings versus the need for quality teachers in these classrooms is extensive. The access to even basic levels of technology for Khmer teachers to teach in village schools and for Khmer students to learn in the classrooms is rudimentary.
The conclusion of the founders was that a fundamental central facility supporting 5-10 villages made sense as a change strategy by adding three components to teaching and learning: more teachers (via volunteers, interns and service learning individuals), inter-generational training to support the students (as one to two of the older generations received little or no education from 1969-1999), and engaged learning practices (as applied learning retains up to 80% of the knowledge within the practice; and learning in traditional ‘sage-on-stage’ classrooms retains less than 20% of the knowledge within the lesson of the day).
Why did The Community shape the Green Connection Centers?
The needs in villages drove the shaping of the Green Connection Center concept. Half of the GCC is about improving health literacy – raising the awareness of healthy decisions and wellness practices. The other half of the concept was skills-building in two arenas: teaching skills to village Khmer in the science and art of building green to work in the green construction industry; and certifying Khmer women in health literacy so they can consult with pregnant women in their own village and adjacent villages.
Why does The Community have only one organizational value, Servant Leadership?
The conceptual framework of Servant Leadership inherently embraces the following human values: respect, trust, balance and harmony. It endorses selflessness and listening-first, setting aside ego and talking first. It encases acceptance of human interaction, connectedness and living in the smallest possible moment. It illustrates the meaning behind Buddha’s simple story, as follows. “A young man hurriedly asked Buddha ‘Can you help me? I want happiness?” Buddha patted the ground, asking the young man to relax and sit by him. ‘I may be able to assist – but only you can walk the path. Okay?’ The man replied, ‘Okay.’ Buddha resumed: ‘First, it is necessary to remove the “I” as this is the ego. The, remove the “Want” as this is desire. If you can do these two things, you are left with only the happiness you seek.” Servant Leadership is simply helping others along their paths.
How does The Community identify viable partnerships?
The Community forms partnerships three ways: actively seeking partners with common, shared values to assist in alleviating poverty in the remote Khmer villages; actively responding to potential partners’ requests for assistance to meet their organizational mission, vision, goals, and strategic initiatives; and referrals from existing partners, volunteers, interns, donors and Khmer who have been assisted by The Community. Ultimately, the longer-termed partnerships fall into one or both of the organizational formats: the Consortium and the sister-university relationship.
How does The Community share the contributions of volunteers?
The Community desires that individual contributors, not The Community, receives credit and recognition for true contribution to the rural Khmer being served. To that end, every volunteer is asked to create his or her own storytelling rendition – as seen through the volunteer’s eyes, hear by the volunteer’s ears, felt in the volunteer’s heart, while indicating how the area of contribution changed lives because of the impact of personalized volunteerism. The storytelling medium is the volunteer’s preference: narrative, narrative with graphics, video, letter-sharing (after returning home), and the like. Every volunteer story submitted to The Community will be posted to The Community’s website.
Does The Community have a preference on the avenue-to-becoming a volunteer?
The Community believes that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” as trite as that sounds. The volunteer knows what is best given the volunteer’s circumstances. There are five avenues: (1) EdGE, offers a professional one-on-one partner of the Community which also offers grants to certain volunteers through the Omprakash Foundation; (2) CKC-Direct, empowers a direct communication line to the Community; (3) Professional Affiliations, enables an individual volunteer to leverage its affiliation and/or membership in an organization which has its own volunteer program that can be mateched to one of The Community’s village-needs; (4) Interns and service learning volunteers can collaborate with their university’s academic advisor for inclusion in one of The Community’s service programs; and (5) The Community’s creative application: if you can dream it, paint it in words and submit it.