About Um Phor

Um Phor has worked with Food for the Hungry in Cambodia for more than 20 years as communications staff and in other positions to serve those living in poverty.
Author Archive | Um Phor

Land to Grow On

Ev Lay, 38, is a farmer living with her husband, Som Keo and her four children in Tropeang Run village in Cambodia. Her time in this village started off very hard. Before moving to Tropeang Run village, Ev Lay and her husband would leave her children home to care for each other (including an infant) […]

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Bringing Hope to the Sick

Sok Ren, age 63, is a single woman living in a small home in Cambodia with her son. She has cirrhosis, which is a scarring of the liver. Most days, she doesn’t have an appetite, feels weak and notices her skin turning jaundice. Her disease is fatal, and with no husband, she fears what will […]

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A Learning Environment

When you’re a child, it can be hard to achieve simple tasks, like going to school, when no one around you cares about your efforts. A good learning environment for children is more than a classroom, it involves the child’s home and community. For Pov Sokum, age 17, trying to get an education in her […]

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Farmer Becomes Business Owner

Ia Pha Yu, 32, lives with his wife and two daughters in Prolean village in Cambodia. As a rice farmer, he couldn’t provide enough food for his family all year round. He grew rice following the traditional way, which produced enough for several months, but on the off months, the family went hungry. To make […]

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Who Is This Girl?

Who is she? That’s what other students wanted to know about Thong Mi Thona. Year after year, she would sit without speaking to her classmates. She never showed emotion—never got too excited or laughed. Often, she looked sad and deep in thought. She did not join the children’s club or participate in socializing. She struggled […]

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Creating Sustainable Change

How do you create sustainable change? You empower leaders to envision and lead plans for  their community. Food for the Hungry (FH) works with community members to coach and train them to be leaders—we call it capacity building. Each year in Cambodia, FH staff and community leaders identify one or two priorities for the community. […]

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Bucket of Leeks: Gardening to End Poverty

After Cambodia’s civil war in 1987, many families in the Anlong Veng area were unable to pursue gardening and bought vegetables imported from Thailand. They spent their little money on vegetables—and on medical care. The vegetables were sprayed with a toxic chemical fertilizer that caused families to be sick. Chhit Pok’s family faced the same […]

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Tasty, Money-Making Crickets

In many Asian cultures, especially Thailand and Cambodia, crickets are a tasty snack to be munched on with a cold drink. Cooked with a little soy sauce, these little crunchy, bite-sized bugs provide protein, calcium, fats and other rich minerals. And they are easy to raise—especially in small spaces—making them the ideal income-generating project for […]

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