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CWS has supported a local partner, KCDA, to set up rice banks in several villages. In the past, families who ran out of basic food.would have to borrow rice from rice lenders who charged 100% interest. If they borrow one kilo, they must pay with 2 kilos. So the.families would fall further and further behind. With a rice bank, the members build an elevated shed, that is supported initially with a cache of emergency rice. When a family runs short of food, they can.borrow rice, and pay it back at only 20% interest. Slowly the bank.builds a surplus of food that is made available to members as.emergency rations for any family in distress. One of the quiet successes of this program is that it fosters a sense of community that.was largely lost during the war. One woman said, "before we kept to ourselves. But now that we meet regularly, we know each other better and we are friends."..Such friendship saved the life of a young boy in the community. Mon.Vy (12) was in the forest feeding his family cow when he was bitten by.a very dangerous viper. An older couple heard his cries and rushed.in, applied a tourniquet, and carried him back to his home. Then many of the neighbors helped his father search for 5 hours to locate a.local herb know to draw out the venom. Meanwhile Mon Vy went into shock, swelled badly and began bleeding from his gums. But the herbs arrived in time, and when I shot these pictures (3 days later) of his mother bathing his wound and feeding him the herbal soup, he was recovering fairly well.
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CWS has supported a local partner, KCDA, to set up rice banks in several villages.  In the past, families who ran out of basic food.would have to borrow rice from rice lenders who charged 100% interest. If they borrow one kilo, they must pay  with 2 kilos.  So the.families would fall further and further behind.  With a rice bank, the members build an elevated shed, that is supported initially with a cache of emergency rice.  When a family runs short of food, they can.borrow rice, and pay it back at only 20% interest.  Slowly the bank.builds a surplus of food that is made available to members as.emergency rations for any family in distress.  One of the quiet successes of this program is that it fosters a sense of community that.was largely lost during the war.  One woman said, "before we kept to ourselves.  But now that we meet regularly, we know each other better and we are friends."..Such friendship saved the life of a young boy in the community.  Mon.Vy (12) was in the forest feeding his family cow when he was bitten by.a very dangerous viper.  An older couple heard his cries and rushed.in, applied a tourniquet, and carried him back to his home.  Then many of the neighbors helped his father search for 5 hours to locate a.local herb know to draw out the venom.  Meanwhile Mon Vy went into shock, swelled badly and began bleeding from his gums.  But the herbs arrived in time, and when I shot these pictures (3 days later) of his mother bathing his wound and feeding him the herbal soup, he was recovering fairly well.