About the project
Find A Better Way recently funded a two-year innovative education project in Cambodia that concluded in December 2014. In Cambodia’s North Eastern provinces vulnerable communities are severely affected by a combination of cluster munitions, air dropped bombs and other Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) due to the aerial bombardment in the US/Vietnam war. Between 1965 and 1973, 2.7 million tons of ordnance was dropped in Eastern Cambodia – more than the Allies dropped in all of World War Two.
An education project was designed to directly benefit more than 10,000 hard to reach villagers in rural areas of the Ratanakiri Province. Funded by Find A Better Way the project was delivered through a partnership between Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and Care International. Communities in conflict-affected areas were specifically targeted through bilingual and pictorial Risk Reduction Education, including street theatre performances.
The project saw Risk Reduction Education carried out in 58 target villages to 10,448 people, and bilingual risk reduction storybooks were produced and distributed to 16,073 children. The second phase of the project also saw similar levels of success through the development of a partnership with local NGO Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) who provide support for indigenous communities to use land effectively, safely and sustainably once it has been released following clearance.
We are incredibly proud of the project achievements which ultimately benefitting 38,577 people, and had the end result of 7,568 dangerous items being reported by individuals and communities.