Our project to improve habitats and living conditions in the poor neighborhoods of Phnom Penh in Cambodia has just received on December 3rd the bronze medal of the Habitat 2020 World Awards.

“Migration from rural to urban areas is the biggest change in many countries’ populations in recent years. Internal migrants are often the most vulnerable people, with little money and few assets. They often live in the most precarious and marginal neighborhoods. They are more vulnerable to disasters, crime and intolerable living conditions, and are the people most at risk of deportation. This project combats these problems through training and increased security to protect them from violence, enabling them to build more sustainable and safer lives. “ affirme David Ireland, Directeur de World Habitat

Each year, the World Habitat Awards are presented to the most outstanding and innovative housing projects developed around the world. We are proud to be recognized this year.

Since 2016, we have been working with our local partner SKO to improve the living conditions of the residents of poor neighborhoods in Phnom Penh. Groups of volunteer residents are trained to identify safe houses and those in need of emergency renovations. We also provide social support to families in great difficulty and fight against domestic violence.

The objective of this project is to develop the neighborhoods in both environmental and social terms. To date, our work has made it possible to reinforce the security of 88 homes and we have provided social assistance to nearly 206 families.

This project is intended to be participatory, since the beneficiaries have been able to attend technical training to make their homes safer:

“When PE&D talked about its project, I decided to participate to improve the living conditions of my family. I attended a technical training with PE&D and then I rebuilt my house myself and it is now much safer. I no longer have to worry about my roof leaking or collapsing when it rains,” said Mr. Chin Sao, a resident of Daeum Cha village.

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