Raising pigs for a brighter future
Many of the deaf students that come to DDP grew up in families that farmed for a living. After a number of years offering job training opportunities, DDP realized many of those seeking job training wanted to remain living with their families and farming in the province. This led to the DDP pilot project for agriculture and animal husbandry. Currently, there are 15 students participating in the program in the Kampong Cham province. Mr. Ren Sorn, the Agriculture Coordinator, shared that participants raising pigs are able to earn two to four times the initial investment amount. These participants receive not only training and weekly support from Mr. Sorn but also the animals to start their business. Here in Cambodia, a culture which places high value on the family, offering an income generating program to the deaf while allowing them to remain a part of their family unit has contributed to the success of this pilot project.