GlobeMed at the University of Denver partners with Buddhism for Social Development Action in Kampong Cham, Cambodia, to support the health and human rights of people living wi
GlobeMed at the University of Denver + BSDA
GlobeMed at the University of Denver| Denver, Colorado
Buddhism for Social Development Action (BSDA) | Kampong Cham, Cambodia
In 2011, UNICEF provided an estimated range of 54,000-96,000 people living in Cambodia living with HIV/AIDS, and about 30% of Cambodia’s entire population lived under the poverty line in 2007.
“I want to give the chance to young university student to understand more about real situation of poor community in developing country like Cambodia as well as the Cambodian culture. I want to promote BSDA among university student in the globalization and find more chance to help support the poor community through sustainable activities to assist them to access the health care service.”
– Vandong Thorn, Executive Director of BSDA
About the Partnership
Buddhism for Social Development Action was founded in 2005 by seven Buddhist Monks who were frustrated that the local monks were preaching altruism in theory but did not practice it. They started BSDA in an attempt to find paths of peace and friendships in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge and genocide.
Although led mainly by Buddhist monks, BSDA maintains religious neutrality and aims to improve communication among the religious groups in Cambodia. The organization’s projects range from agriculture and livelihood improvement to improving basic education. Since its founding in 2011, GlobeMed at DU was able to raise $7,825 for one of BSDA’s projects.
GlobeMed at the University of Denver works with BSDA to provide people living with HIV/AIDS with sustainable food and income. This project involves educating community members and providing them with the resources necessary for maintaining chicken pens. In the last two years, GlobeMed at DU raised $7,825 for this project. Their goal is to raise $5,000 more for this project this year.
GlobeMed at the University of Denver aims to help provide 32 families with chicken pens as a sustainable means of garnering food and income. In a system of lending, these families learn how to raise chickens, construct their own business, and support themselves to afford livelihood necessities and medications.