SAMAKY was created by Dr OK Aingkim in 2000.
SAMAKY is working in Kampot province (south-east of Cambodia).
In the province, SAMAKY is more specifically working with 3 communes (11 villages) of the Techou district, where live more than 4 000 households. The major part of the local population makes a living through fishing, small scale agriculture and small scale businesses.
The province is often affected by natural disasters (floods, storms, wild insects invasions, droughts, ...), which endanger the main livelihood of the local vulnerable population. Moreover, the population’s education is really low and people are not aware of their basic rights.
Therefore, SAMAKY is actively committed in raising awareness about natural resources management, food security and child rights, as well as encouraging local officers to meet the needs of economically vulnerable people.
Via its programs, SAMAKY is targeting different subjects :
- food security : construction of a dam, canals and wells; support to the community in food production and food security via the establishment of production groups (fishes, vegetables, rice, …) and banks (cow bank, fish and crab banks, …) ;
- education : financial support for school materials (bag, shoes, books, bikes, clothes…) to vulnerable families, construction of 3 schools and 2 libraries, reinforcement of school supporting committees (SSC) and school management committees (SMC) ;
- child rights : promotion of the awareness on rights in school, child protection and child sponsorship with authorities, education staff, parents ,SSC, SMC and students ;
- good governance : advocacy addressed to the provincial governor in order to get rights on the control of the water of Boeng Thom lake (home to important colonies of numerous threatened bird species) and Takot dam in Kampong Cham, organizing elections of fishery communities leaders and encouraging them to participate to monthly communities meetings, conduction of audit forums about school environment and education quality.
Today, SAMAKY is implementing the following programs :
LRP: child sponsorship and education, food security, natural resource conservation and ecotourism ;
Benoy: food security via a Climate change Sustainable Resilience Adaptation (CSRA) approach ;
Guy’s trust: Education infrastructure (schools building) ;
Increase food security through sustainable fishery management and climate change adaptation: support to fishery communities and protection of the mangrove, fight against illegal fishing and knowledge about the fishing law for the local fishermen (in partnership with CWDCC).
Through its programs, SAMAKY receive financial support from Action Aid Cambodia and PLAN International, and is working with the local authorities for the implementation.
SAMAKY employs 10 salaries (3 women and 7 men).