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The vegetable plot that helps stop trafficking

Life has been a constant struggle for Pastor Lun Phean, his wife and children from Tboung Khmum province in rural Cambodia, South-East Asia. This made them a potential target for traffickers who prey on hungry families...

Written by Tearfund | 05 May 2016

Life has been a constant struggle for Pastor Lun Phean from Tboung Khmum province in rural Cambodia, South East Asia. He does not have the training or tools to successfully farm the small plot of land next to his home.

Lun’s family survive on the bare minimum and go to bed hungry every night. This makes them a potential target for traffickers who prey on hungry families with the false promise of well-paid jobs over the border in Thailand.

Thankfully, before they took the bad choice that many families in his community have mande, Tearfund’s partner World Relief ran some life-changing agricultural workshops in Lun’s village.

For the first time in his life, Lun learnt the essential skills to choose and cultivate the right crops for his limited plot of land. World Relief supplied him with basic equipment too.

This not only started to transform his family's life, but Lun choose to be generous to struggling families around him. Rather than sell his produce for a good price at the market, he offered vegetables at discounted rates to his neighbours.

Lun is also passing on his new-found skills to his church congregation through weekly workshops, which not only help families overcome hunger, but it also protects them from the lure of traffickers.

Please Pray

  • Give thanks for Lun’s new-found skills and for his generosity in passing his skills on to his neighbours.
  • Pray for Tearfund partner World Relief’s agricultural training programme, that it will successfully reach families like Lun’s who struggle every day to provide enough food.
  • Trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in the world. Pray that the lies of traffickers will be exposed and that families like Lun’s will choose to stay in their communities.

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