We believe that the path to a poverty free Cambodia is founded on building community-level capacity.

Local communities are the experts when it comes to identifying practical ways to achieve improvements in their daily lives.  Many communities hold an abundance of ideas for a better Cambodia.  We see our role as facilitating this process, offering technical advice and direction to help communities develop the solutions to lift themselves out of poverty.

We believe that working in partnership with local government entities is the best way to achieve sustainable and lasting change. The national government is developing strong policies for education and juvenile justice reform but implementation is slow. Decentralisation has pushed increasing amounts of responsibility to local levels of government but with limited support and training. By working from within schools, prisons and other institutions we are bridging the gap that exists by building capacity at the grassroots.

Our approach to development enables communities to develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to make change and break free from poverty. The unifying factor in everything we do is to work alongside residents listening to their needs and concerns. The people living in the villages where we work are best qualified to identify their problems and priorities. What they need are the knowledge, tools and awareness of how to successfully engage with local authorities and educational offices to advocate for their priorities.

A central component in all of This Life Cambodia’s program design is a Participatory Rural Appraisal. Through this TLC led process, communities identify issues, create solutions and set priorities. This is followed by an implementation phase that provides for community engagement, ownership, capacity building and mobilisation.

Sustainability is a fundamental tenet of everything we do.  Our goal is to build capacity for long-term self-sufficiency.  By establishing clear entry and exit strategies we ensure that leadership remains within the community after the program is completed.

Our Community Research and Consultancy team monitors and evaluates all TLC programs. Our goals are to:

  • measure impact
  • adjust and modify programs as we learn what is working and what is not
  • share our findings with communities, funders and development partners.