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Support the Cambodian farmer families – give contribution to wells or rice banks!

ADDA is again this year 2016, doing a collection for the poor rural families in the villages in Cambodia. The money collected will go to small development projects, such as wells for clean drinking water and water for crops, and safe storage houses for their rice, which is called a rice bank, chicken houses for raising chickens or a common waste station in the village. Adda gives support for materials, and the peasants do the work, often together with their self-help group that participated in the ADDA projects in Siem Reap and Oddar Meanchey.

1-Ring wel construction

A well is under construction, and the whole Self Help Group is helping.

s. 4 og 5, 2 Her er en brønd,der er bygget (2)

Here is a well, which is ready to be taken into use and with a happy family in  Oddar Meanchey.

s. 4 og 5, 3. Landsbybeboerne fik penge til kyllingehus

The villagers in Phnom Krom got money to build a chicken house, and here they are doing the construction.

The chicken barn built by the villagers in Phnom krom (2)

Here is finished the chicken house in Phnom Krom, with chicken – which give them income to feed the family.

8-Paddy storage

Rice banks is a great success, which means safe storage of rice. The members can earn rice by lending out rice to others in the village.

Community in Ampil leads the organisation of the environment day (2)

Waste sorting and marketing of valuable waste help to give additional income. Some self- help groups apply for support for building small waste stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions can be deployed on ADDA’s account:

Reg.nr: 9324 Konto.nr: 3245623703

Remember to give full name, address and cpr. nr.

ADDA is approved under the Assessment Act, and we report contributions to SKAT (tax authorities), when you provide your name, address and Civil reg. nr. 

If you have questions, please contact ADDA on phone +45 24 47 13 07 or by e-mail: adda@adda.dk or ADDA, Nørrebrogade 52C-2tv, 2200 København N.

 


 

Sinang and Kimleng took the Folk High School students by storm!

By Tove Bang

It was a great and successful event since ADDA held workshops on ‘Women Farmers and Self-help Groups in Cambodia’ at 3 folk high schools in Denmark, namely Silkeborg, Rønde and Brenderup in late April and early May, when Mrs. Yun Sinang, ADDA’s project manager of the CISOM- project and Mr. Ouk Kimleng, lawyer and workshop facilitator for ADDA projects in Cambodia were co- teachers. IMG_0898IMG_1982
The purpose of the workshops was to disseminate the good and long experience ADDA has with poverty alleviation in vulnerable areas in Cambodia based on agriculture. In recent years, ADDA´s training of poor farmers, most of whom are women, in the so-called Farmer Field Schools also led to the development of training in advocacy, as it is stated in the project language. Training in advocacy concerns the development of language skills, negotiation techniques and knowledge of legal civil rights by Cambodian law. ADDA always work closely with local organizations (READA, RCEDO, CIDO and KBA) and these have helped self-help groups to reach the local officials to present their common needs. This has in protracted negotiation processes very often led to an improvement of the farmers’ conditions. The cases can be about obtaining title deeds to land belonging to farmers, reasonable compensation for land, support for the construction of roads, bridges, public water collection systems in the villages, equal access to schools and public drinking water supplies in the villages. Besides the training ADDA has also contributed with funds from ADDA collections in Denmark for building materials.
At the high schools, we were very well received by about 100 enthusiastic students and teachers. First, students were given a brief introduction to ADDA’s working methods and projects presented by Country Manager for Cambodia, Bodil Pallesen and in Funen by Helge Brunse, previous Project Coordinator for ADDA in Cambodia.
The meeting with Yun Sinang and Ouk Kimleng was something special for the students. The two talented employees performed the part of the workshop, which consisted of a presentation of ADDA methods for building and strengthening of self-help groups, and a role-playing in which participants could play a case study on land rights.
It was especially role-play that caught their attention. They were to play respectively a group of representatives of self-help groups in a rural area, and a group that consisted of officials. The two groups met to negotiate in  ‘Public Forum’ the rights to land title deeds and compensation for land, which was suspended by the authorities for urban development.
In the beginning it was a challenge for the students to understand the case presentation, as they were all of a sudden put into foreign culture conditions. Helped by Sinang and Kimleng and us the understanding emerged, and the role play could begin. The students sat opposite each other and negotiated based on the two different roles they were playing.
IMG_0962One thing that clearly came forward in the role play was that the peasant groups achieved more benefits through negotiations than has been possible in real life, as it was summed up by Mr. Kimleng. He pointed out that the traditions of equality and democracy in Denmark are much stronger than in Cambodia. A country that has experienced genocide and oppression, and which is still plagued by corruption and power centering of individuals. Very often, these local officials are not so well trained. This despite experiencing the country is now seeing a recovery, but as in many countries, not reached out in remote rural areas. Here the populations rather meet challenges of losing their land because large companies and authorities will find it lucrative to exploit areas.
Understanding these cultural differences in the social structure came more apparent at Brenderup Folk High School, where the young students come from many different nations, and among them, for example, a handful of participants from African countries.
At the end of the workshop the students expressed that they were pleased to have extended their knowledge of how ADDA, as an example of an NGO, works – they had not known much about NGOs before – and that they, through the role play, had understood much more about what it means to be poor and live with little or no social rights. The fact that the villagers had to learn to stand up together and jointly present their needs to the authorities in order to achieve improved living conditions, was an eye-opener for the students.
IMG_0910IMG_1986ADDA returns with new workshops this autumn.

ADDA had support from CISU for the workshop project.
Greetings from
´ADDA Cambodia Workshop Team´
Project Manager, Mrs. Yun Sinang
Lawyer and workshop facilitator, Mr. Ouk Kimleng
Country Manager, Cambodia, Bodil Pallesen
Previous Project Coordinator, Cambodia, Helge Brunse
Secretary and Information Officer, Tove Bang


Closing Workshop on “Empowerment of Civil Society in Oddar Meanchey” (CISOM I) Project and the Opening Workshop for CISOM-II. February 18, 2016.

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The ceremony was conducted by CISOM- leader Mrs. Yun Sinang, and representatives from 80 Self Help Groups in Oddar Meanchey standing for the National Hymn.

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Mrs. Bodil Pallesen, ADDA, is giving her speech.

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His Excellency Mr. Sy Prasith, Acting Provincial Governor of Oddar Meanchey

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Mr. Lok Sokthea from READA

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Mr. Pich Sophin, ADDA Cambodia

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Mr. Kjeld Vodder Nielsen, Project Coordinator, ADDA

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Mrs. Yun Sinang presents the results of CISOM I.

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Acknowledgement from the acting Governor, Mr. Sy Prasit to ADDA

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..and from ADDA to the Governor

IMG_0421Welcome Speech of Mrs. Bodil Pallesen , Directress of ADDA

in Closing Workshop on “Empowerment of Civil Society in Oddar Meanchey” (CISOM I) Project and the Opening Workshop for CISOM-II

Firstly, on behalf of ADDA and the project partners READA, CIDO, KBA, RCEDO and myself, I would like to pay my respect to:

  • His Excellency Sy Prasith, Acting Provincial Governor of Oddar Meanchey and
  • E. Thon Nol (member of provincial council), who agreed to spend his valuable time to chair the Closing Workshop on the project called “Empowerment of Civil Society in Oddar Meanchey” (CISOM) Iand the Opening Workshop for CISOM-II.
  • Acting director of Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) Mr. Kam Vuthython and
  • Deputy director of Provincial Department of Women Affaires (PDoWA) for their participation and support in the organization of the workshop.

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentleman, present here. I am very happy that you all responded to our invitation and thank you for attending in the workshop.

First allow me to briefly introduce ADDA and its main activities in Cambodia: ADDA is a Danish NGO that was established in 1994 by Danish and Cambodians living in Denmark with personal contacts in Cambodia and Vietnam. ADDA is a non-profit international organization working in Development in Southeast Asia and Africa.

In Cambodia, ADDA has cooperated with the Royal Government of Cambodia and local institutions since 1996 to contribute to the poverty reduction of Rural Cambodians, and successfully closing 2 other projects in Siem Reap:

  • the Integrated Women Empowerment Project (IWEP) in 5 target districts of Siem Reap covering 130 villages, and approximately 30.000 farmers- funded by DANIDA.
  • and the Innovative Approaches to food insecurity for urban and peri-urban poor (INFOSE) in Siem Reap, covering 7 sangkats and approximately 1,800 households- co-funded by the EU.

In Siem Reap, we are still implementing 2 more projects:

  • COCIS
  • CISUP

ADDA’s strategies’ core elements include formation of Farmer Field Schools and development of democratic Self Help groups, with a majority of women. Over the years it proved to have significant positive impacts on agriculture, economics, social development as well as environment. Especially it contributes to generally double the farmers’ income and provide the basis for development of well-functioning CBOs (community based organizations).

Emphasis of ADDA activities is also the capacity building of local partners which eventually lead to a stronger civil society.

In 2010, I-NGOs working in Oddar Meanchey have encouraged ADDA and its implementing partner READA to implement their concept in ODM province and recommended to work with reliable and experienced local NGOs (RCEDO, CIDO, KBA).

Followed then a rather long and careful project preparation had been designed.

The design of CISOM project is indeed the result of a careful analysis of the situation of the poor people, intensive stakeholders involvement and of course negotiation with the donor- a Danish fund in favor of civil society Development (CISU).

As the result, last 3 years, we officially launched the CISOM project, and this was a success for all of those who contributed to its preparation.

And NOW, today, we are officially closing the CISOM project with the great achievements and we are also very proud to declare the continuation of the CISOM II Project today.

See Bodil Pallesens speech in full length here.


 

Support the Cambodian farmer families – give contribution to wells or rice banks!

Support the Cambodian farmer families – give contribution to wells or rice banks!

ADDA is again this year 2016, doing a collection for the poor rural families in the villages in Cambodia. The money collected will go to small development projects, such as wells for clean drinking water and water for crops, and safe storage houses for their rice, which is called a rice bank, chicken houses for raising chickens or a common waste station in the village. Adda gives support for materials, and the peasants do the work, often together with their self-help group that participated in the ADDA projects in Siem Reap and Oddar Meanchey.

1-Ring wel construction

A well is under construction, and the whole Self Help Group is helping.

s. 4 og 5, 2 Her er en brønd,der er bygget (2)

Here is a well, which is ready to be taken into use and with a happy family in  Oddar Meanchey.

s. 4 og 5, 3. Landsbybeboerne fik penge til kyllingehus

The villagers in Phnom Krom got money to build a chicken house, and here they are doing the construction.

The chicken barn built by the villagers in Phnom krom (2)

Here is finished the chicken house in Phnom Krom, with chicken – which give them income to feed the family.

8-Paddy storage

Rice banks is a great success, which means safe storage of rice. The members can earn rice by lending out rice to others in the village.

Community in Ampil leads the organisation of the environment day (2)

Waste sorting and marketing of valuable waste help to give additional income. Some self- help groups apply for support for building small waste stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions can be deployed on ADDA’s account:

Reg.nr: 9324 Konto.nr: 3245623703

Remember to give full name, address and cpr. nr.

ADDA is approved under the Assessment Act, and we report contributions to SKAT (tax authorities), when you provide your name, address and Civil reg. nr. 

If you have questions, please contact ADDA on phone +45 24 47 13 07 or by e-mail: adda@adda.dk or ADDA, Nørrebrogade 52C-2tv, 2200 København N.

 

Sinang and Kimleng took the Folk High School students by storm!

By Tove Bang

It was a great and successful event since ADDA held workshops on ‘Women Farmers and Self-help Groups in Cambodia’ at 3 folk high schools in Denmark, namely Silkeborg, Rønde and Brenderup in late April and early May, when Mrs. Yun Sinang, ADDA’s project manager of the CISOM- project and Mr. Ouk Kimleng, lawyer and workshop facilitator for ADDA projects in Cambodia were co- teachers. IMG_0898IMG_1982
The purpose of the workshops was to disseminate the good and long experience ADDA has with poverty alleviation in vulnerable areas in Cambodia based on agriculture. In recent years, ADDA´s training of poor farmers, most of whom are women, in the so-called Farmer Field Schools also led to the development of training in advocacy, as it is stated in the project language. Training in advocacy concerns the development of language skills, negotiation techniques and knowledge of legal civil rights by Cambodian law. ADDA always work closely with local organizations (READA, RCEDO, CIDO and KBA) and these have helped self-help groups to reach the local officials to present their common needs. This has in protracted negotiation processes very often led to an improvement of the farmers’ conditions. The cases can be about obtaining title deeds to land belonging to farmers, reasonable compensation for land, support for the construction of roads, bridges, public water collection systems in the villages, equal access to schools and public drinking water supplies in the villages. Besides the training ADDA has also contributed with funds from ADDA collections in Denmark for building materials.
At the high schools, we were very well received by about 100 enthusiastic students and teachers. First, students were given a brief introduction to ADDA’s working methods and projects presented by Country Manager for Cambodia, Bodil Pallesen and in Funen by Helge Brunse, previous Project Coordinator for ADDA in Cambodia.
The meeting with Yun Sinang and Ouk Kimleng was something special for the students. The two talented employees performed the part of the workshop, which consisted of a presentation of ADDA methods for building and strengthening of self-help groups, and a role-playing in which participants could play a case study on land rights.
It was especially role-play that caught their attention. They were to play respectively a group of representatives of self-help groups in a rural area, and a group that consisted of officials. The two groups met to negotiate in  ‘Public Forum’ the rights to land title deeds and compensation for land, which was suspended by the authorities for urban development.
In the beginning it was a challenge for the students to understand the case presentation, as they were all of a sudden put into foreign culture conditions. Helped by Sinang and Kimleng and us the understanding emerged, and the role play could begin. The students sat opposite each other and negotiated based on the two different roles they were playing.
IMG_0962One thing that clearly came forward in the role play was that the peasant groups achieved more benefits through negotiations than has been possible in real life, as it was summed up by Mr. Kimleng. He pointed out that the traditions of equality and democracy in Denmark are much stronger than in Cambodia. A country that has experienced genocide and oppression, and which is still plagued by corruption and power centering of individuals. Very often, these local officials are not so well trained. This despite experiencing the country is now seeing a recovery, but as in many countries, not reached out in remote rural areas. Here the populations rather meet challenges of losing their land because large companies and authorities will find it lucrative to exploit areas.
Understanding these cultural differences in the social structure came more apparent at Brenderup Folk High School, where the young students come from many different nations, and among them, for example, a handful of participants from African countries.
At the end of the workshop the students expressed that they were pleased to have extended their knowledge of how ADDA, as an example of an NGO, works – they had not known much about NGOs before – and that they, through the role play, had understood much more about what it means to be poor and live with little or no social rights. The fact that the villagers had to learn to stand up together and jointly present their needs to the authorities in order to achieve improved living conditions, was an eye-opener for the students.
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ADDA had support from CISU for the workshop project.
Greetings from
´ADDA Cambodia Workshop Team´
Project Manager, Mrs. Yun Sinang
Lawyer and workshop facilitator, Mr. Ouk Kimleng
Country Manager, Cambodia, Bodil Pallesen
Previous Project Coordinator, Cambodia, Helge Brunse
Secretary and Information Officer, Tove Bang

ADDA board member visiting Vietnam

The boardmember of ADDA, Ove Gejl Christensen has been in Vietnam to follow one of 6 training modules in training of trainees (TOT) in the new CEMI project ´Climate Change and Ethnic Minorities in the Northern Vietnam´. It´s a three year project which intend to train farmers in mountainous areas in customizing their crops to climate change, which cause increased risk of land slides and conventional wash- out of nutrients.
During the visit Ove Gejl Christensen also found time to meet Mr. Nguyen Duy Luong, 1st vice-chairman for VNFU, Vietnam National Farmers Union. ADDA has cooperated with VNFU through the past 20 years on developement projects in North Vietnam for the benefit of the rural population in the areas. Mr. Nguyen Duy Luong thanked for the good cooperation which has taken place through the years, and he much hoped it can go on. In similar terms Ove Gejl Christensen said that  ADDA see Vietnam as a very important cooperation partner, and that ADDA will do all the best to make the cooperation with VNFU still continue for many years. See how the visit is referred to in the Vietnamese press here.

Legal assistance to contract farming – new project in Vietnam

 A new ADDA- project in Vietnam has been approved from the Danish donor CISU. The project – ”Legal Assistance to Contract  Farming” – is intended to improve small scale farmers contracts, when they work in contract farming. All stakeholders involved in contract farming shall be strengthened in thier knowledge around legal aspects within contract farming.

The target group is the ethinc minorities in the Northern Vietnam. Ultimo 2017 the poor farmers in the selected districts will achieve legal aid according to contract farming. There shall be access to the authorities who manage disagreements and conflicts between the farmers and the agro-industrial companies. Farmers and companies shall make fair agreements and the latter shall have increased their understanding of the companies responsibility in their community (CSR) and the importance of fair contracts.
Portefolio is a little less than 5. mill DDK and runs for three years, starting up 1. of July 2015. Arafa Khatib is the  project coordinator.

Tb. 15. september 2015

Visiting Farmer Interest Groups in Tanzania

A FIG showing its fields and various group projects (Matiganjola, Njombe region, Tanzania).

By Marianne Nørgaard Jensby

As part of my work as a project officer at ADDA in Denmark, I was in Tanzania in July to contribute to the ’NADO in Focus’ project. The main purpose of my visit was organisational development and capacity building of ADDA’s partner organisation NADO. There was, however, also time for field visits, so I could go on field visits for three days, visiting 13 of the project’s many Farmer Interest Groups (FIGs) and see the direct impacts of the project.

The first thing I noticed when being showed around at the fields by the groups, is the clear difference between the fields where the farmer has received training and the fields where the farmer hasn’t. Among others the maize plants are both taller, thicker and closer, and the FIGs tells with pride how their production has increased heavily since they started receiving training by NADO’s facilitators.

Together with NADO SACCOS, a savings and credit co-operative with focus on micro loans, that has been opened with help from ADDA, the FIGs now have an opportunity of increasing their income and supplementing with micro loans so they can invest in animals, technology etc. The message from the FIGs was clear: the project has helped them in achieving a higher income, which has encouraged more groups to invest and start up new small businesses.

Follow ADDA’s Facebook page where you can see more pictures and a short video from the field visits.

Tb.  August 17. 2015


Community Development Projects

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By Helena Øhlenschläger Larsen

As fundraiser working for ADDA I have been so fortunate, to get the opportunity to visit some of the ongoing projects in Vietnam and see how they proceed. Besides the bigger projects ADDA is working with (see adda.dk), ADDA also supports smaller development projects in the local societies. I visited 2 villages in which ADDA partook in doing CDP (Community Development Projects).
The first village, Huoi Nga in Son La province, have in cooperation with ADDA constructed a road through the village in 2012, and this project is the first CDP in Song Da II project. According to the village chairwoman, the road has increased the position of the village in the surrounding communities. Among others more children from outside the village are now attending school and the village have become the meeting point for local gatherings.  See a short article about Community Development Projects (CDP) here. See also another short article about  Helena´s visit at eco- certificated small scale farmers  here.

If you wish to support ADDAs project as a member or with a single donation, see how on adda.dk or contact adda@adda.dk

tb. July 9. 2015


 

World Best News- campaign

ADDA´s article about ´Advocacy in Bak Nim´ has been chosen to cover the frontpage of WorldBestNews web-site, while the campaign is running from Sept. 11. – October 11. 2015.

Also this year WBN will hand out 75000 World Best News newspapers and next to the campagn´s own newspaper, the cover of the Metro Express (365000 pieces) will be with World Best News on the 11. of September.

ADDA needs volunteers to hand out the WBN- paper in streets on the 11. of September. World Best News is telling stories about the good results of development work.  ADDA´s work in the projects is for real a help!

Read more about the World Best News- campaign here

tb. 24. juni 2015



ADDA participants in Danida Sustainable Agriculture course

Recently Danida Fellowship Centre facilitated a three-week international course in Sustainable Agriculture for NGO- leaders and cooperation partners of  Danida- supported projects around the world.  Participants from  11 nationalities were assembled and from ADDA´s cooperation organisations  Mr. Ouern Ratana from CIDO (Community Based Integrated Development Organisation) Cambodia and Mr.John  Wihallah from NADO (Njombe Agricultural Development Organisation) Tanzania were participating.

Both directors from ADDA´s cooperation organisations experienced great outcome of the course, which was about issues such as organic farming methods, international eco-certification and building up markets for small scale farmers. At the same time the two directors experienced a great interest from other  participants towards the experience they  have from ADDA´s Farmer Field Schools and Self Help Groups.   See an interview with Mr. Ratana and Mr. Wihallah where they are discussing the course content here.

tb. june 24. 2015

Successfull seminar about eco- certification at the University of Copenhagen

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Thursday the 28. of May ADDA was having an event at KU Science about eco- certification of small scale farmers in developing countries. Through the event a mix of practical and theoretical views on possibilities and challenges in the process were discussed. Among the speakers were NADO director John Wihallah from ADDA´s partner organisation in Tanzania giving examples and exchanging views.

Among the participants were proffessors, university students and participants from the Danida Fellowship course in Sustainable Agriculture and there was a good and nuanced debate throughout the event followed by networking activities.

ADDA is thanking everybody in attendance.

tb. 3. juni 2015



 

Many showed up at this years general meeting!

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It was very nice that so many showed their interest for ADDA´s work and projects at the yearly general meeting in ADDA on Kalø Økologiske Landbrugsskole d. 18. May. Good questions were asked through the process of the agenda, and at the coffee afterwards everybody stayed and had a talk. Thanks for the commitment to ADDA on this day.

See the boards report here.

tb. 21. maj 2015