Elderly in the rural area in Cambodia have given a new shape to reciprocity during the last decade. In the rural area, where people live from farming mostly, and are still living in an extended family environment, there has been a population change. Many adult children move to a city or neighboring countries for work and income. Their small children stay with their grandparents in the village, leaving the elderly grandparent to take care for them. The adult child supports them by sending money. Mr Sochoeun from CCC already described this to us as a household strategy.
Today we met professor in cultural anthropology dr Ang Choulean. He talks about the migration and caring of elderly for the young as a new form of reciprocity and value of elderly.
You can listen to him in this short video.