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Newsletter New Humanity, N°6, Decembre 2010 - Eng

Newsletter New Humanity, N°6, Decembre 2010 - Eng

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Summary
Introduction-  Let’s talk about Earth!
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Cambodia-  My name is Uk Chem and this is my story
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Cambodia-  Discovering each other at the seaside
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Cambodia-  Working in communion
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Myanmar -  From the field to your table
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Myanmar -  Where collecting the fruit of the Earth is so hard
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Introduction  -Let’s talk about Earth! 
Today we would like to talk about theearth. The
earth
that feeds us, thatgives us work, that is so fundamentalin developing countries...and for allof us!Did you know that Myanmar is the
first producer of rice
in South EastAsia, with a daily per capita produc-tion of 190 Kg? And rice, accordingto the Ministry of Agriculture, repre-sents only the 39% of total cropsown area.And did you know thatalso Cambodia has arice surplus and is pro-ducing new quality va-rieties for export?  Andthat the Country canalso count on a goodproduction of 
cotton
 and
pepper 
? How does it come thatfarmers are so poor?How is it possible thatpeople are still starv-ing?In these pages we can not to answer these questions, but just tell yousome
stories of brave people
, of farmers who believe in their workand who have the courage to wakeup every morning with the idea of creating a brand new start. We will also share with you somenews about what’s going on in NewHumanity and about our projects.We hope you will enjoy your reading!
Good News
E d i t i o n  6 ,  D e c e m b e r  2 0 1 0
New Humanity’s Newsletter 
 
I am Uk Chhem and I am 61 years old. I livein Kompong Chhnang province and I spendmy time working as a farmer. I have a largefamily: my wife, 4 daughters and 4 sons.In 1985 I got an accident, I stepped downon a landmine near to my village while I wasgoing to catch some fish in the lake. Nowadays I live in another village calledPum Thmei (“New Village”); over here Ihave a plot of 7,000 m² for rice cultivation,one of the main activities in this provincetogether with fishing. Every year I use toharvest between 1,200 to 1,800 kg of rice,but the amount of rice collected depends onthe raining season because we do not counton an irrigation system. With little rain, wejust collect little rice to eat. For example, in2008 I collected about 1,200 Kg of rice, thisquantity was consumed by my family in 6months only, so after that I had to look for other activities to get some money and buy therice for the other half year.Besides rice cultivation I used to raise someanimals like pigs and poultry, but even so, thisactivity before the training with New Humanitycould not generate extra income to cover other expenses. I think I did not have enough experi-ence and technique to raise properly these ani-mals. Very often my animals were sick or dy-ing. I was not happy with those results, so in2009 I decided to apply for a training courseprovided by the “Mobile Training Center for Ag-riculture Development” of New Humanity.
I was very eager to learn more
, and becauseof my efforts I was selected to hold a SmallModel Farm for poultry rearing. New Humanityprovided me with 8 hens, 2 roosters and somematerials to make the hen house for my poul-try, and then I started my experience. This year (2010) my poultry has increased from 10 to 135heads, I use some of these animals to feed myfamily and some others to sell.
I have gener-ated this year an income of more or less900,000 riels (US$ 225).
This money hashelped us to buy more rice and to cover other expenses. For the coming year I have only 18hens and 42 chicks: enough to begin all over again! 
Mr. UK Chhem, is a Beneficiary of New Hu-manity Cambodia. Article Prepared by Mr.
E d i t i o n  6 ,  D e c e m b e r  2 0 1 0A s s o c i a z i o n e  N e w  H u m a n i t y
Cambodia  -My name is Uk Chhem and this is my story 
Uk Chhem and his familyUk Chem and his wife feeding the poultry
The province of Kompong Chhnang is located in thecentral Cambodia, about 91 km to the north of the capi-tal city Phnom Penh. Crossed by the Tonle Sap River,the province covers an area of 5,521 km², i.e. 3.05 % of the Cambodia land area. The total estimated populationis 531,517 people, that is to say 4.1 % of the total popu-lation in Cambodia, with around 47.4 % of males and52.6% of females. The majority of them are farmers.The Cambodian administration is insured through 8districts, 69 communes and 553 villages. The averagedensity is 99 people per km² and the sown area is132,252 hectares.In the 2 districts of Boribor and Tuek Phos, where NHimplements its activities, the land for rice cultivation isequivalent to 39,668 hectares. Irrigation systems (canal,pond, and small lake) cover 35 % of the land, when 65% depend completely on the rain ration.
 
 
A dream comes true!! New Humanity’s staff had expressed the desire of spending somehappy time together, with the opportunity toknow each other outside the working context.The staff is in fact composed by 71 personswho work in different and distant places, atPhnom Penh, Kandal, Kompong Chhnang,Mondolkiri, and we barely have the chance tomeet who works far from us.
Thanks to the support of Cam to Me and of a private donor from Hong Kong this ideahas become reality
.On the 20th of October, early in the morning,we all gathered in Phnom Penh and we left to-wards Kompong Saom, in the south of Cambo-dia, where a wonderful sea was waiting for us.The trip took a long time, more or less 5 hours,and we filled 2 buses. As we arrived at Kom-pong Saom, just the time to settle down and…straight to the beach! We swam, we played, wetook pictures and we enjoyed the food sold onthe beach.In the evening we organized a sort of role playand it has been amazing to see how every col-league transformed in a funny comedian.The following day some colleagues were in-vited to share with the group their experience inNew Humanity.As I said, the staff was numerous and it wasthe first time that some colleagues had thechance t meet each other. Veasna, Saokea,Samboun, Chamroeun and Ravy told us abuttheir experience. Some of them have beenworking with New Humanity for 15 years, oth-ers only for a few months. They have differentlanguages, religions and backgrounds, but theyall share the same values.Trying to express in a word the meaning of New Humanity’s work in Cambodia, we found 5keywords:
honesty, family, solidarity, gener-osity and gratitude
.Trying every day to work honestly and collabo-rating, in order to be near to the most vulner-able and to become active characters of a posi-tive change within society.Hervé, NH Country Coordinator, thanked all thestaff for the daily commitment and encouragedus to go on working responsibly, reminding usthat many friends, from all over the world, aresupporting our job. Every moment has been fullof participation and joy.On the 22nd, after a last greeting to the sea onReam Beach, we left and everyone returned tohis place. Only 3 days, but very intensive. Agood atmosphere, the joy of staying together,moments that create deeper relationships andthat renovate our strengths, helping us in our daily work.Thanks for giving us this opportunity! 
Stefania AgateaCML e Health Advisor New Humanity 
 
E d i t i o n  6 ,  D e c e m b e r  2 0 1 0A s s o c i a z i o n e  N e w  H u m a n i t y
Cambodia -Discovering each other at the seaside 

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