Blog entry Cambodia: A woman's struggle to beat the floods

10 November 2011

Chin Cheng Hong’s house is built on stilts, but this year the floodwaters have risen so high in Cambodia that even this was not enough to protect her. When the waters crept through her floorboards, she knew things were really bad.

All the rice raised on Freerice has been going towards Cambodia since June 2011. They need our help now more than ever - in recent months the country has seen its worst floods in over decade, with 1.5 million people affected and about 250,000 people displaced by the flooding. So, please invite your friends and family to play, let's rice up for Cambodia!

Cheng Hong is a mother of five - the monthly rice ration she receives from the World Food Programme, supported by Freericers, is important for her families survival.

“The river came up right over my floor,” says Cheng Hong. “My children are not going to school which is a concern for me. With our tobacco crop destroyed, it’s going to be difficult to find money to buy food. Of all the things I am getting today the most important is the rice.”

The scale of the crisis and the damage done to agricultural fields also means that the impact of this year’s floods will be felt for many months to come.

Cheng Hong knows she faces a tough struggle, at least she now knows she and her family will have enough rice for the next month thanks to WFP’s and Freericers assistance.

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Fri, 12/02/2011 - 16:41 wild-horses

hawktalon, thats a good aditood! ur saying u want 2 help the les fornitit and the people u saw in cambodie. keep up the good work hawktalon!

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 00:52 Hawktalon

I heard about this site quite a while ago, but didn't really go on. Then in August my family went to Malaysia to visit relatives, but spent a few days in Cambodia. We got to see one of the villages on the river as tourists, and it was really sad to actually see poverty with one's own eyes. This motivated me to get on freerice. Once I got home form vacation (where I had internet access) I made freerice my homepage, and have donated 200 gains of rice at least before getting on any of my other websites. I know it's not much, but I've been trying. It means so much to me now to know that the rice is going to Cambodia. I knew and was always happy that it would go to the poor, but I feel a special connection now knowing it's Cambodia. I'll be trying harder now for sure. :)

Thu, 11/24/2011 - 19:53 Ashraf Ali


Sun, 11/20/2011 - 06:28 betsypedraza

thats terrible i hope she gets food soon thanks to FREERICE.COM

Sat, 11/19/2011 - 21:27 Kyorine

I hope that freerice is really helping her and her family! because they really need it!!! so pray for those people everyone! there is power in prayer!!!!!!!

Sat, 11/19/2011 - 02:42 Nathalia.

I'm so glad that we can help people like Cheng Hong through freerice. PS: Please join my group called Chocolate Lovers Changing Lives, thank you to those that join :)

Fri, 11/18/2011 - 04:34 dragonkevin

WTF how is she even living without food

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 18:58 Xfactor

thats terrible about what happened to her and i have 2 agree with tasiaboo wheres da proof if we really helped them i really hope this isnt a fake website if u no wat i mean anyways the glitches that ive been writing about r still happening but not as bad as usual

Tue, 11/15/2011 - 10:21 Bakhita Fung

I will ask my family to play :)

Tue, 11/15/2011 - 06:26 Pre_Angel3

When I read articles such as this one my heart becomes heavy for I would like very much to help and lend a hand; I then must remeber that GOD allows everything for an reason and purpose in His wonderful plans for our lives! I can Pray that the Lord will touch her and her family and bless them with His love an d wonders!

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 23:23 tasiaboo

I really dont think that freerice is really foing to people in need.where is the proof that they ship millions of grains to the people in need.

Sun, 11/13/2011 - 17:42 prianka_saha

really sad
p.s. its flooding season in the whole south east asia
they should get prepared for whats coming.
also please join my group "Free Ricers for a Free Bangladesh"

Sun, 11/13/2011 - 05:17 zebra1097

I think that that is horrible about what happened to her.

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