Thursday 11 October 2012
Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark visited Padek’s development projects in Prey Veng province on Thursday 11th October and received a warm welcome from Padek’s Executive Director, Kep Kannaro, and staff. Princess Marie was visiting Cambodia in her role as patron of DanChurchAid (DCA). Padek is working with DCA and other organizations in providing the emergency response to the 2011 floods in Cambodia. This project is funded by the European Commission (ECHO) and is being implemented in Prey Veng and Kratie provinces. The project is helping poor households badly affected by the floods through alleviating acute food shortages, restoring livelihoods, and increasing resilience to natural disasters and outbreaks of disease.
Princess Marie visited Padek’s field office in Prey Veng in the morning and met with staff. Padek’s Executive Director explained Padek’s work in improving livelihoods and the quality of life for vulnerable communities in Prey Veng, including our activities in emergency response and disaster risk reduction. Princess Marie met with beneficiaries in Kroch village in An Song commune, where she handed out unconditional cash transfers and visited families in their homes. Princess Marie spoke with these families about the recent flood crisis and their current living situation. She then met with the local Self Help Group where she asked members about the role, function and benefits of the SHG to the local community. At the end of her visit, Princess Marie visited a newly repaired road that had been damaged during the 2011 flood.