GlobeMed at Bethel partners with Rural Economic Development Association (REDA) in Svay Rieng, Cambodia to support sanitation/hygiene and income generation initiatives.
GlobeMed at Bethel University + REDA
Rural Economic Development Association (REDA) | Svay Rieng, Cambodia
10% of Cambodian children die before they are a year old; many of these deaths are preventable by providing access to clean drinking water.
“We believe these young people will bring energy and new ideas to the village communities. … We expect they will have some ownership of the projects they are involved with as they have been discussing the needs of the villagers and getting to know something about REDA and the people REDA desires to help most, the poorest families in Svay Rieng.”
— Mr. Or Chanthan, REDA Staff Member
About the Partnership
Rural Economic Development Association (REDA) in Svay Rieng, Cambodia was founded in 1993 in response to the devastating effects of the Khmer Rouge regime. What began as a small orphanage became a community-focused organization that focuses on serving people who are poor, living with HIV/AIDS, orphaned or vulnerable, widowed, or affected by disability. Through several initiatives focusing on water sanitation and hygiene, health outreach, agricultural training, and economic development, REDA is active in developing sustainable community in the villages of Svay Rieng province.
REDA envisions an “educated, empowered, and self-reliant society where there is no poverty.” Through REDA’s focus on health and economic opportunity, members of the Svay Rieng community are indeed being empowered to make positive contributions to those around them. REDA has expanded it’s services relating to sanitation and hygiene by partnering with GlobeMed at Bethel.
In 2011, REDA and GlobeMed at Bethel began contributing to water sanitation and hygiene in the Svay Rieng community by providing water pumps and latrines to poor families living in the area. Through the past several years, the project has expanded to include small business grants to beneficiaries that include educational sessions pertaining to agriculture and small business management. The project now also includes the distribution of water filters and a contribution to REDA’s orphanage, home to 35 children.
In the 2014-2015 academic year, REDA and GlobeMed at Bethel are working to shift from a community outreach focus to an emphasis on internal capacity building. While the previous years’ project will be continued, an additional portion of funding will be allocated to enhancing REDA’s internal organizational structures, including staff support, international fundraising, and marketing.
GlobeMed at Bethel hopes to raise $15,000 this year for REDA’s projects and internal sustainability. This funding will have a profound impact on the health and economic livelihood of families in Svay Rieng and ensure that REDA is prepared financially to enhance their community outreach in the future.