Morodok is a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) that strives to improve living conditions, strengthen solidarity and create ownership for the poor communities in Cambodia’s coastal region. We work with 150 interest groups in five districts involving farmer cooperatives, small business groups and natural resource management networks to assist in community development.
Our team strongly understands the importance of listening to communities’ needs and responds to priority livelihood issues expressed by the people. We work with local authorities and relevant stakeholders throughout the development process while remaining independent and supporting the rights of the community.
Morodok’s main focus areas involve:
- poverty reduction through promoting poor villagers to work in agriculture production groups and setting up small business enterprise;
- raising awareness and promoting land rights for communities to have access to land and the resources they need to live;
- building the capacity of local communities in natural resource management (NRM) and establishing networks to discuss alternative livelihood options;
- working with vulnerable groups and promoting gender equality with a focus on livelihood related activities that help Cambodian women gain better socio-status and greater economic empowerment.
The Khmer word, ‘Morodok’ translates to heritage, inheritance or legacy. This means we work to improve people’s livelihoods so it can be passed on to the next generation. Morodok takes a rights-based approach across all its project activities. We work to strengthen the capacity of community groups to participate in local democratization and promote good governance processes.
As part of our programme approach, we focus on building the capacity of vulnerable people in communities. Morodok understands the importance of empowering women and youth so they have leadership opportunities and are included in the decision-making process.
During the past 16 years, Morodok has developed a respected reputation working throughout the Kampong Som Bay region and has a functioning working relationship with local authorities. In this way, Morodok works towards its vision of peaceful rural communities in Cambodia where people have equal rights, opportunities to improve their livelihoods and manage natural resources in a sustainable way.
Morodok is certified by the NGO Governance & Professional Practice (NGO GPP) which facilitates a voluntary certification system to meet 26 standards of the Code of Ethical Principles and Minimum Standards for NGOs in Cambodia.
This code aims to maintain and enhance standards of good organisational practice and to ensure the public trust in the integrity of the individuals and organisations that make up the NGO sector, and the
effectiveness of NGO programmes. To find out more go to www.ccc-cambodia.org.