Who We Are?
KCD stands for Khmer Community Development. As our name says, we want to improve the quality of life through contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, especially through promoting ownership of tools and knowledge about building self-confidence; environmental, health and nutrition issues; organic agriculture; etc., but also through the promotion of inter-ethnic peace, as it is the precondition for an economic and social development in harmony. Grown out in 2002 from a University Student Club that mainly worked with youth from the outskirts of Phnom Penh, we became a registered NGO in 2005 and moved in 2006 to the new project area in the South of Kandal province, near the Vietnamese border.
Prek Chrey Commune
In 2006, we concentrated our activities on one specific commune called Prek Chrey, in Kandal province. Why this commune? There are many poor areas in rural Cambodia, but few of them need more support for the promotion of peace than this one. Prek Chrey is located near the Vietnamese border and is affected by latent conflicts between Khmer and ethnic Vietnamese, both living in the same commune.
What We Do?
As a Peace Organisation, we understand that we cannot promote peace without paying attention to the context in which peace shall flourish. This is why we use Community Development, Education and Sports as a framework in which conflicts can be managed in a constructive and peaceful way. This way of working needs time to allow the change of mindset that is necessary for deep-rooted peace. In everything we do, we focus on the participation of the beneficiaries which is necessary for the intended sustainability. Especially developing a peaceful mind takes time. The deeper the conflict roots, the harder it is to transform (learn more about this under Place and People).
We are implementing a range of projects covering the areas of Peace, Community Development, Child Rights and Nutrition, engaging participants of different ethnic groups, ages and genders.
A peaceful developing multicultural society, in which the genuine needs and rights of all stakeholders, regardless their gender, age, race, religious belief, or social status, are recognised, respected, and satisfied, in the respect of environment.
Promote inter-ethnic peace, children’s & women’s rights, and development in the respect of law and democracy.
Strengthen the capacity of individuals to act as well for the own sake as for the sake of the society.
Promote the principles of mutual respect in the interaction of all stakeholders in the community.
Promote sustainable livelihood in a multi-ethnic society that respects the environment.
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