The Village Support Group is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that was first established in Battambang in 1994, as a post-civil war transition project to help rehabilitate the people of Battambang and those near the Thai border through health care and agricultural support projects.
In late 1994, VSG evolved with the desire of four researchers to continue doing development work for the rural poor particularly the vulnerable groups. The initial funds of $3,000 from IWDA was used for the project on dry seasoned rice and crop production to improve the standard of living of the underprivileged sectors.
As VSG gained its reputation, Oxfam GB extended its assistance for the formation and strengthening of Self-help groups, training on savings and rice bank projects. From then on, VSG expands its development work and responds to basic social development concerns such as Health care, Advocacy on environment and basic human and women’s rights.
VSG currently works in partnership with 7 international institutions: EC UNDP, for capacity building of forest areas in Banteay Meanchey, Oxfam GB, DPA and Forum Syd for community fishery on natural resource management, Good Governance and Decentralization was made possible in partnership with Pact Cambodia and Integrated Development project supported by HelpAge and with VSO through the placement of a foreign Advisor/volunteer professional.
For over a decade and from a team of five staff, VSG has increased its human resources. With 8 staff in 2005 it has grown to 19 staff members by year 2006 that work for implementation of its programs in 35 communes.
VSG has strengthened its capacity, management capability and community development work in close cooperation and through placement of foreign Advisor/VSO volunteer in late 2005 to present.