Pacific Pines Panthers are proud to announce our partnership with ADU Sports Tours and Heartprint Foundation.
Garry and Wendy O'Brien (ADU Tours and Heartprint Founders) have a long standing history with Gold Coast Basketball. Both dedicated several years to the association and have set up a Basketball tour company as well as a community based support program in Cambodia.
Pacific Pines Panthers will be part of their Chicken and Egg Program moving forward with a percentage of the clubs fundraising efforts throughout the year going towards the program.
For more information on the Heartprint foundation and programs that they offer please read the information below.
We will also keep you updated on upcoming sports tours that they are running which also go towards funding their community programs.
If you would like to assist in any way or are interested in tours please contact Garry or Wendy on the information below:
You can follow their updates on the following links:
Heartprint Community Support Centre
Heartprint Community Support Centre is a non-religious, not for profit organisation. Located in Salakonseng Village, Sangkat Svaydongkum, on the outskirts of Siem Reap Cambodia.
Siem Reap is famous for the Angkor Wat temple complex but little of the wealth generated by the tourist trade finds its way to the poorer farming villages in the area.
Heartprint Community Support Centre is all about creating opportunity not dependency. We want to help people learn new skills and also increase their ability, confidence, and self-worth, enabling people to take control of their own futures.
The majority of the families we work with are on the official government poverty list which means they earn less than 40 cents per day. These families are classed as living in extreme poverty; this means that they have no land or job or savings or support from family members.
Our education and support programs give opportunity for these families to become self-sufficient. Helping to break the cycle of poverty that runs across much of rural Cambodia. Though our main activities are providing education, housing and awareness, operating in a poor village means that we get people in real crisis coming to us for assistance: (no money, no food, no baby milk, sickness, family bereavement etc). We offer help through our Community Support program where we can but we also strive to ensure our support doesn't make people more dependent on aid and become even less able to take care of themselves and their families.
Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world.
In Cambodia, 36% of the population earns less than $1 per day. Of the total population, 80% earn less than $2 per day - an amount unable to provide a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. It is estimated that only 36% of the population has access to safe potable drinking water – 26.7% in the rural areas.
Cambodia has good weather for six months of the year, but during the other six months the people experience extremes of either drought or flood; both situations dramatically impact on a family's ability to have a secure income and sustainable lifestyle.
During time of flood, some families are forced from their homes - (80% have houses made from grass or thatch on bamboo poles) - they lose their food, their animals, their clothing. They are reduced to absolute poverty.
During seasons of drought, the crops planted fail to thrive, their animals fail to thrive and the people are reduced to inadequate food supplies.
Whether the situation is one of flood or drought, many families need to borrow to start again; however, they are usually still in debt from previous seasons. It is a vicious and demoralising cycle. In Cambodia the reality is that much of the poverty is caused by families unable to repay their loans and losing their homes and lands in the process. If disaster occurs, there is no-one for Cambodians to lean on, there is no State welfare system. Life for most Cambodians is precarious.
Families have endured severe poverty for the past 30-odd years - since the beginning of the Pol Pot era. In that era everything was destroyed - family, social structure, infrastructure. The result is a nation of deeply traumatised people, but a dignified people nevertheless, with unbelievable courage.
Heart Print is committed to help break this cycle to enable the Cambodian people to help themselves.
Cambodia Volunteer 2016
Heartprint working in partnership with ADU Tours offer tours of up to 10 people the opportunity to travel to Siem Reap Cambodia where you will stay at Heart Print Community House and participate in the Heartprint Build Program. You and your fellow travellers will build homes for families living in extreme poverty. Working side by side local Khmer builders and spending time with the recipient families within their community on this unique journey of a lifetime
Volunteer Tour Packages start from $1340 and dates are flexible
Organize a group or join an existing tour.
Go to our website: www.heartprint.org.au
Community garden and nursery
The projects overview:
During the rule of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the economic program involved an all-out push to build capacity for growing and exporting rice. This saw land clearance and forced labour - farming families were forced to clear their diverse crops and instead plant rice for exporting.
The agenda forced most families into poverty and hunger – they no longer had a diverse range of nourishing fruit and vegetables and most of the rice they grew was exported. Over time, it also caused the loss of vital food growing skills. Self-sufficiency became a lost art.
Over three decades after the regime’s collapse, almost 50% of vegetables consumed in Cambodia are imported from Vietnam. The shortage of locally-produced vegetables means that Cambodian families are forced to pay higher prices for vegetables. Since poor households can spend on average 70% of their income on food, the import trend creates an unhealthy reliance on fish and rice for daily nutrition. In addition, these families have little ability (after purchasing food) to cope with sickness, natural disasters, or other emergencies, which can push them further into food insecurity.
The community garden project aims to reduce the reliance on imported food by providing the lost skills and tools needed to grow their own nutritious food using sustainable growing methods.
By increasing their food security. The project helps communities become self-sufficient, saves money and provides community members with a healthier and more diverse diet.
The project’s environmental benefits:
- Reduction in environmental impacts of food transport as more food is grown locally and not transported from Thailand or Vietnam.
- Unused land or land that was previously used for mono-crops (e.g. rice production) is converted to diverse organic agricultural land where the health of the soil is improved.
- Food gardens become more resilient to climatic changes. There is an abundance of water one season and none the next. Teaching the communities permaculture and sustainable irrigation methods allows them to effectively manage their food gardens throughout the seasons, giving them a steady supply of food throughout the year.
- A healthier and more diverse diet.
- Income savings as less food needs to be purchased.
- Income savings as organic agriculture does not require extra inputs such as fertiliser and seeds - compost is created using organic matter and seeds are saved for planting in subsequent seasons.
- Securing income generation for families through the sale of extra produce.
- Develop a community garden and seedling nursery at Heartprint house.
- Provide training on market gardening practices and how to raise seedlings.
- Supply farmers with seedlings to start their own gardens.
- Include grown produce in care packages
Project Overview: The project objective is to provide poor rural households, especially women, with the skills, knowledge and initial inputs they require in order to engage in profitable dairy goat production to increase their income and improve the nutritional status of their families.
This project consists of 10 members who each receive three goats to look after at their homes. They care for the goats and gradually breed more, which provides their family with much needed protein from the milk and manure for their gardens they also grow their herd which they can sell at the local markets. The women also give every second kid born back to the Cooperative, so the Co-op can also generate income as an organisation and gradually become self-sustainable.
We plan to work with women through this program because evidence shows that investing in women leads to significant social change for whole communities. When a woman earns an income, she puts at least 90% of it back into her family and community. Women are usually poorer and much more vulnerable than men, however if a woman earns money then her children are more likely to be healthy and educated. By investing in women to start their own micro enterprises through goat breeding, we are helping them to earn more income for themselves and their families, which will benefit the whole community.
We value community-driven solutions, working with local partners to support projects in areas of health, education, (water, sanitation and hygiene), agriculture and livelihoods. We prefer a 'hand up, not a hand out' approach to development, which means we support local communities to implement projects that build their capacity to generate their own income and improve access to basic services long-term.
- Co-op members will receive training on how to raise and care for their goats.
- Each member will receive 3 female milking goats.
- Each member will be supplied with a goat pen to house up to 15 goats.
- Six months of feed for the goats will be supplied by the Co-op.
- Access to a stud goat will be provided to Co-op members for breeding.
- Follow up support and training will be provided to Co-op members
HOUSE BUILD PROGRAM
Many families are barely surviving on a day-to-day basis and simply don’t have the funds to build a house. These families are living in make shift houses that provide very little shelter, leak during rains and are unsafe for their children. Most people just need a little hand up in life and thrive knowing that people actually care about them. Building a house for a family can give them a sense of pride as well as a good nights’ sleep reducing illness and injury.
Heartprint working in partnership with ADU Tours offer tours of up to 10 people the opportunity to travel to Siem Reap Cambodia and participate in the Heartprint Build Program. You and your fellow travellers will build homes for families living in extreme poverty. Working side by side with local Khmer builders and spending time with the recipient families within their community on this unique journey of a lifetime.
Some of the ongoing benefits to be gained by joining a group traveling to Siem Reap to build a house, as opposed to just sending money, are:
- From the days of the Pol Pot era when everything was destroyed - family, social structure and infrastructure, resulting in a nation of deeply traumatised people some Khmers still feel they are worthless and are fighting a losing battle against poverty. When volunteers come from overseas it helps them start to believe in their own self-worth in the knowledge that someone does care.
- Team members can combine fund-raising with a follow up hands-on building project giving them a sense of how their funds are directly targeted to those in need.
- Team members return home inspired by their experience and are likely to continue to give back within their own community or continue to help the people of Cambodia. Giving them a direction in life.
Volunteer tours start from $1340
Cambodia's sanitation crisis
Cambodia has the lowest rate of toilet coverage in Southeast Asia, leading to disease, environmental problems and hindering economic development. Tackling its sanitation problems is one the country's biggest challenges.
Disease and preventable illness resulting from open defecation, is very common, 80 percent of people living in rural villages do not have toilets. Most people in the countryside simply defecate in fields or nearby forests.
Contaminating the soil, air and water. Leading to serious illness and diarrhea. One in eight children will die before their fifth birthday due to infectious disease, much of it easily preventable.
Diarrhea the silent killer
Diarrheal disease – kills more children under five years of age worldwide than HIV tuberculosis and malaria combined. This is the result of poor sanitation which is so easily prevented by installing toilets and teaching better hygiene practices.
Building a toilet
By giving a family access to a basic toilet you will change
their lives forever.
The gift of a toilet will give them privacy, sanitation
and the belief and tools to improve
the environment in which they live.
The cost of a toilet is AU$500
The value to the family is priceless.
Build a water well
Giving a family the gift of clean water something we in the western world take for granted. Can save the life of a child in a third world country. A machine drills a pipe to reach the
water table – usually 50-60 metres down. A cement pad is laid around the pump.
The cost of a well is AU$280
One well can service 4 families up to 40 people.
Chicken & egg program
Although 80% of Cambodian people are farmers, their agricultural technical skills are poor. The agricultural sector including, fishing, farming, plantation and animal raising is still weak because of lack of techniques.
Chicken raising is one of the most popular additional jobs for Cambodians but the income from this is still low because the villagers have poor technical skills. Little is understood in how to prevent their chickens from diseases, how to care for their chickens, how to make their chicken grow quickly and produce eggs many times during the year…etc. By giving the right training and support to the villagers we aim to improve their farming skills and make them self-sustainable.
The practice of providing vaccines, medicines and the knowledge of how to separate the small chickens from the hens by creating a source of heat can encourage hens to provide eggs at a greater rate. This along with the correct housing and feed for the chicken’s will help establish a successful chicken farm.
The Chicken & Egg Program:
- A chicken coop and chicken breeding program will be put in place at Heartprint house.
- Families will receive training on how to care for their chickens.
- A chicken coop to house up to 20 chickens will be supplied and built.
- 6 laying hens will be supplied.
- Ongoing support and training will be provided through Heartprint house
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