In the early 1990s, our first team of members entered the country as a result of two distinct projects. There were so many areas of need in the country and, to avoid duplication, the government - after a number discussions with SAO Cambodia leadership - offered two possible areas, food security and eye health care. SAO Cambodia embarked on the refurbishment of eye clinics and the project SCOPE was born, attracting several people who offered their assistance.
The food security project was called SCALE - SAO Cambodia Integrated Aquaculture on Low Expenditure. The purpose of the project was to teach farmers to use their paddy fields and introduce small edible fish. SAO Cambodia’s team provided the technical support but also used their time to befriend the families, play with the children and share their faith in Jesus. This project later developed into a local NGO called Farmer Livelihood Development.