Change in Action

December 3, 2014 • Cambodia
Change in Action

A woman in Cambodia learns how to create a healthy environment for her family and shares her knowledge with others in her community

Ron Aun is a beneficiary of Strengthening Women and Families Together, a Samaritan’s Purse project in Cambodia

I live in Kratie Province with my husband and son. Until recently, my husband and I knew very little about healthy communication in our family. We used bad words to speak to each other, and our arguments sometimes led to violence.

In August, the Samaritan’s Purse project Strengthening Women and Families Together came to my village. It taught me about communicating with my spouse and my neighbors. After I received this training, it enabled my husband and me to know how to understand each other, respect each other, value each other, communicate well, and get along. In addition, it also enabled me to know how to communicate well with my neighbors.

I enjoyed the lesson so much that I shared it with other people in my village. While teaching others, I have gained even more understanding of the subject. I would like to give thanks to Samaritan’s Purse for training me to use good words and to know how to avoid domestic violence.

Editor’s Note: Strengthening Women and Families Together has trained 205 women and 233 youth volunteers with their curriculum. The volunteers have taught lessons to 558 households. But it’s not just about creating healthy family environments. It’s also about sharing hope with them. Through the project, 309 beneficiaries have heard the Gospel so far.

Cambodia Projects Cambodia, one of the poorest nations in the world, has few resources available to care for its people, the majority of whom live in rural areas. We help meet desperate needs for food and livelihoods through animals and agriculture projects, as well as providing access to safe, clean drinking water. Children’s education projects ensure boys and girls remain in school, while increasing their quality of life. Our maternal and child health program reduces the mortality rates of women and their young children by improving obstetric care, teaching essential nutrition practices, and increasing access to quality healthcare. We also combat human trafficking through education and training. Only 2 percent of the country is Christian, and a crucial aspect of our work involves partnering with local churches to help spread the Gospel in their villages.

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