In a rural town in Cambodia, Kheng (age 45) and her husband, Pov, are day laborers. They cut bamboo. They plow rice fields, and collect big red ants from the trees to sell and support their family. But it is still not enough.
They have 7 children. The eldest works as a construction worker. Two of their children migrated to Thailand to find work. Their four youngest children remain at home.
Their family has a field with some rice, but it’s just enough for about 2 months. They are able to grow a few vegetables in a small plot of land behind their home. Still, it's not enough to provide complete meals for her family.
“My biggest worry is that I don’t have enough food for my family. I worry that we don’t have good health. My children got sick. My husband got sick.” - Kheng
For Kheng's family, the ability to grow and have enough food is a hurdle that is inextricably linked to her family's poor health, and her children's inability to attend school because they must help in the fields. It's also a hurdle in her family's and children's ability to have a bright, healthy future.
Kheng's family needs more green, leafy vegetables in their diet. They need more protein from meats and beans to help combat malnutrition and to help her children mentally and physically grow properly. With (not enough and not the right) food as their biggest worry, what will Keng's family's future be like?
“I am so sad that I see my children don’t have enough food to eat and are malnourished,” Kheng says. "I want to see my children become teachers and get a good quality of education. I worry that [I won't see this happen because] I am poor."
Photos © 2015 World Vision
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