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Feature: China-aided poverty alleviation project brings great changes to remote poor village in Cambodia

   Xinhua   09:48, May 14, 2024

This photo taken on May 12, 2024 shows the Cambodia-China Friendship Multipurpose Building in Tanorn village, Bati district of Takeo province, Cambodia. (Photo by Van Pov/Xinhua)

BATI, Cambodia, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Once a poor, isolated and quiet village in Cambodia's remote area, Tanorn village has now become a modern one with well-established basic physical infrastructure under a China-aided poverty alleviation project.

Located in Takeo province's Bati district, about 60 km south of capital Phnom Penh, the Tanorn village has a total area of 72 hectares and is currently home to 132 households with more than 600 people.

The tiny village has experienced enormous changes since January 2021 when the Cambodia-China Friendship Village for Poverty Alleviation Project was launched here.

The project has been carried out by the Cambodian Civil Society Alliance Forum (CSAF), with funds from the China Foundation for Peace and Development (CFPD).

The CSAF's Chairman Kemreat Viseth said the project is a pilot one that shows the generous hearts of Chinese people in helping alleviate poverty in Cambodia's rural areas.

"The contributions from the government and people of China to Cambodia's development and poverty alleviation are tremendous," he told Xinhua after the inauguration ceremony of the Cambodia-China Friendship Multipurpose Building in the village on Sunday.

"This project has contributed to improving the villagers' livelihoods significantly," he said.

Viseth said under the project, concrete roads, clean water system, solar power, drainage system for flood prevention, and essential public facilities have been developed.

"Overall, this project has been fully supported by local residents because it has greatly changed an infrastructure landscape in the village, and people feel very convenient to travel in and out of the village," he said.

Tanorn village chief Pang Samedy said the village had previously no paved roads, sufficient clean water, electricity and school, but now it has all of them.

"So, this project has greatly benefited local residents," he told Xinhua.

"I would like to thank the people and government of China for helping develop Tanorn village, and the villagers are currently reaping the benefit of this developmental assistance," Samedy said.

Por Sokhim, a 49-year-old villager, said the project has transformed the poor village into a modern one with proper basic physical infrastructure such as roads, clean water, and solar power, among others.

"The project has brought a lot of changes to my village. Now, we have concrete roads, canals, and solar power that beautifully lights up the village at night," she said.

Sokhim said currently she is running a grocery store as her husband owns a motorcycle repair shop at their home along a nice concrete road in the village.

"All villagers and I have benefited a lot from this project," she said.

Khlok Chamroeun, another 61-year-old villager, said before the launch of the project, the villagers' living conditions were rather difficult because there were no roads, irrigation system and electricity.

"But now, this China-aided poverty alleviation project has remarkably changed our village's landscape, developing roads, clean water system, solar power, canals and a multipurpose building," he said. "Our current living conditions have improved, as we all have lived decently."

Chamroeun added the villagers are very pleased that China has helped develop Tanorn village as a model for poverty alleviation in the Southeast Asian country.