CROAP stands for Centre for Research on Optimal Agricultural Practices. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) dedicated to help improve the lives of villagers and farmers within the Pursat Province.
CROAP is a subsidiary of the Catholic Mission, and is currently helmed by Brother Jed Medel and his dedicated team of locals. In the past, an agricultural school was set up to help teach young farmers techniques and knowledge essential for achieving a good harvest for each year. Once they graduate, the young men would be able to share their know-how with their own villages. Besides that, a kindergarten and cultural centre- in support of both formal and informal education- were also set up. These are aimed at providing young children with a basic education before primary level and serve as a healthy avenue for the kids to spend their time.
CROAP has been a committed partner of Project Lokun since 2009 and continues to support our endeavours fervently. Besides providing accommodation to the team, working with CROAP has opened many doors for the team in terms of our ongoing healthcare and education efforts. Working on-the-ground with CROAP has allowed us to connect more deeply with the villagers and implement our plans with greater efficacy. We have been privileged to be given the opportunity to engage the village heads individually and listen to their concerns/recommendations regarding our plans.
University of Puthisastra
University of Puthisastra (UP) is a private Cambodian university in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Project Lokun began working with students and staff from the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at UP since its 16th trip in December 2014. Students from UP provide us with valuable help as translators and offer us more insight into the Cambodian culture. We hope to continue working hand-in-hand with them and hopefully establish a strong bond with the Cambodian medical students. For more information on our working relationship with UP, click here.
Hand of Hope (HOH)
Hand of Hope is a non-profit clinic run by the international organisation- Joyce Meyer Ministries. Their presence in Pursat has been instrumental to the success of Project Lokun’s chronic healthcare programme. Patients whom our project have identified as hypertensive will be referred to this organisation to obtain their three month supply of anti-hypertension medications regularly. Their continued support in our project has led to a better control of hypertension in the region and a lower prevalence of associated complications.
Sustainable Cambodia is a local Cambodian non-profit organization striving to empower the locals of Cambodia. In 2018, L23, Project Lokun has laid grounds for a formal relationship with Sustainable Cambodia so as to provide us further insight into the heath status and issues in the Pursat region.
Disability Developmental Services Programme (DDSP)
DDSP is a Cambodian NGO launched in 2003. DDSP is one of the few rural Cambodian Organisations that provide community services and support for the disabled and poor. DSP works with all disabled people, their families and the most poor, but focuses on the most vulnerable, especially disabled children, women, landmine survivors and people with severe disabilities such as paraplegia and cerebral palsy.