Across rural Cambodia, thousands of families feel insecure in their own homes. They live in fear and uncertainty because, since 2000, almost 800,000 people have been forcefully evicted from their homes.

In Eastern Cambodia, the privatisation of the local rubber plantation not only removed this communities livelihoods but threatened the loss of the homes these families had lived in for generations.

The community spent seven years fighting this injustice; but they had no success. Rather than allowing the conflict to escalate, Cord equipped the community with the skills and confidence to work peacefully with the local government and to develop a relationship of trust with them.

Now 434 families in this community have secured the land titles that protect their homes.

The local Commune Chief, who did not wish to be named, supported the community in their claim for land titles as he knew how valuable they would be.

“If you have land and shelter, people respect you. Without it, you have no dignity.”

As he is responsible for the community, any conflict and protests reflect badly on him, so he committed to communicating with the community on progress so they would not feel frustrated. He respected the positive changes in attitude and took practical steps to develop trust with the community as he sees his role as vital to providing a sense of security to the community.

“They will be better able to provide for the needs of their families, providing a sense of security, space for their children to live. I hope they are now less worried about their futures, and have a greater sense of peace.”

Despite the success, it was a long and painful process, particularly where some families were granted titles whilst others were not. The relationship with the rubber plantation has also suffered since the community won the right to their land.

The story of this community's fight will feature in our upcoming BBC Radio 4 Appeal, presented by Dan Snow on the 26th and 30th of November. To find out more and to read more stories from this community, please click here.