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Gardens & Irrigation

 Because five months of each year is a drought and the other months include flooding, villagers have traditionally grown subsistence-level rice during the wet season, and then had nothing to eat or sell but saved rice during the five dry months. The wells and water projects that Sustainable Cambodia helps bring to the villages provide not only clean drinking water, but irrigation for the dry season, allowing fruits and vegetables to be grown year-round.

Once the villagers are providing the nutritional needs of their families, they have time for other pursuits such as vocational training, adult literacy and community projects. And when they aren't operating in starvation mode, they can afford to keep their children in school, and out of the fields.