Mrs. Oeun Sreynom is just an ordinary 34 year-old woman living with a husband and three small children in Kampong Kou Loeu village, Kampong Kou commune, Kampong Svay district of Kampong Thom province. The village or her residence is located along Stoeung Sen River and like any other households in that area, her main income was only from fishing and growing dry-season rice. However, from 2011 to 2013, like other 775 small holder famersin 16 different villages, she did not get much rice yield as it was destroyed by flood in 3 years in row. To solve the starving situation, Sreynom decided to raise some chicken for supplementary livelihood option, but it was not effective at all.
After observing the issues, HOM in consultation with community people designed alternative livelihood improvement through capacity building to those farmers on Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA) to help the communities. As the technique on how to raise chicken effectively is one of CRSA approach and she has also experienced in raising the chicken, in 2012, Sreynom among 370 small holder farmers (260 women) was selected by HOM to be extended farmer and trained on how to raise chicken effectively. The training includes how to build proper cage, cleaning the cage, natural vaccination to prevent chicken from the disease and how to take care the chicken properly.
After the training, HOM provided 5 chickens to each of the trainees including Sreynom with supported by Church World Service (CWS). With soft skill supports and tangible inputs above as well as her strong effort to raise the given 5 chickens attentively, now Sreynom has 95 chickens consisting of the baby ones; it has really brought a big change of her family's lives as now she can not only fill her family’s belly, but she can earn enough income for the whole family members to be able to a better livelihood.
To keep improving her livelihood, she has bought another three pigs by selling some chickens and borrowing revolving fund from the group which supported by AAC.
With big smile, Sreinom claimed: “I am very happy as my living condition is getting better and better because of support from HOM. I’m very grateful to HOM for supporting me for both tangible and capacity building as well up following up how I have been taking care my chickens and pigs.”
As child sponsorship is the core funding of HOM, HOM has been implementing the programme to be benefited to the most child linked families and the eldest child of Nom (10 years old) is one of the sponsored child.