WHO IS CFI?
Our work takes place in Sen Sok, a community of 16 villages and 9,000 individuals where water is notoriously hard to come across. This situation has severely limited the economic and social growth prospects of the 16 villages. Today, Community First Initiatives is working on an integrative approach to move the entire community out of poverty. By ameliorating access to water, health services, education, and training, we bring a comprehensive and holistic solution to the problems that create poverty. Thanks to our network of partners, Community First is now serving thousands of villagers through programs addressing the four essential areas of community development, which were developed in partnership between the villagers and our team.
By bringing together a holistic strategy, and focusing on the needs of villagers Community First aims for an inch wide and a mile deep solution to poverty.
Water & Agriculture
In rural Southeast Asia, planting the seeds of change starts with life giving water. Each of our water well brings an enhanced water source to dozens of families, and holds the promise of improved agricultural yields and activities. This program is the foundation of both our work and a thriving rural community.
Our educational program provides villagers with resources to improve their lives on their own. For adults, growing up during war-time made it difficult to access basic education, while children currently suffer from the limited resources available in their schools.
Our health initiatives focus on the most critical needs in the community through prevention and education. Our work helps the people of Sen Sok by promoting the use of mosquito nets and water filters at home and the reinforcement of the local public health centers through training.
With half of the Cambodian population under the age of 25, and 80% of it living in rural areas where access to education is limited, marketable skills become an essential tool to provide for one’s family. Our work focuses on bringing new skills to the community and supporting local initiatives.
6 March 2014
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