Food Projects - 080600 Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods

Vegetable garden enriches malnourished family's diet

By Frank King, Samaritan’s Purse staff writer

“We were poor because we had so many sicknesses,” says Neang Rady, recalling how often she had to buy expensive medication for her family.

Like most of Cambodia’s rural population, Neang had never learned about hygiene, nutrition, or proper sanitation practices. She didn’t realize that bacteria made her family’s food and water unsafe, plaguing them with disease.

“We had diarrhea, salmonella, worms, and fever,” she said. “Malnutrition was also a major problem, because we didn’t have enough vegetables to eat.”

Neang learned about the importance of a balanced diet and proper food preparation when Samaritan’s Purse came to her village offering health training workshops.

“I understood their lessons on disease prevention, clean water, hygiene, sanitation, and agriculture,” she said.

In addition, Samaritan’s Purse staff used gifts from Canadians like you to set up a vegetable garden beside her home and taught her how to maintain it. Neang applied her agricultural training to produce large quantities of nutritious, chemical-free vegetables.

“I plant vegetables year-round,” she said. “My family’s health has improved because now we have enough nutrition in our food.”

The garden has also become a source of income for Neang, as she sells the excess produce to other villagers at the market.

“We are now living with happiness, doing what the program trained us to do,” she said.

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Food Projects - 080600 Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods

More than a billion people worldwide are suffering from chronic malnutrition. Through your gifts, Samaritan’s Purse is providing lasting solutions through hands-on farming training, home garden projects, and practical education about nutrition, as well as desperately-needed food staples for hungry families in emergency situations.