Twelve-year-old Ma En is no stranger to storms. She lives with her aunt an hour’s boat ride from the village where she was born, and where her parents live as fishermen. She can only visit her family 3-4 times a month because of the unpredictable weather. She is particularly scared of the strong winds, lightning and sea surges her community faces. Travelling in these conditions is very risky for the people living here, as few know how to swim and life jackets are rarely used.
Ma En has been learning about the conditions her community faces through Save the Children’s programme in Koh Kong. She has learnt that she can help reduce risks faced by her community, by planting more mangrove trees. With more mangroves her community will face fewer disasters, as they reduce the danger of sea surges, absorb rain water, protect the community from storms and strong winds, reduce soil erosion, and conserve the fish and marine life people depend on for their food and income.