Prey Veng Province Latrine Project- Cambodia
This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.
At the center of most villages in Cambodia lies the pagoda near a primary school. The primary school is where children, ages 4 through 14, dressed in their uniforms, begin their education. At this village in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia, the primary school has been built next to this pagoda for over 39 years. The school serves students and teachers hailing from four different villages, grades pre-kindergarten through sixth, 769 students, and 15 teachers.
At the primary school, there are currently three latrines built to serve the entire student and teacher population. However, only two toilets are open for use. The door of one of the bathrooms has rusted completely off its hinge. Additionally, the improper construction of the septic tanks, at the same level as the toilets, has resulted in its dysfunction: the toilets overflow and back-up easily.
Furthermore, the current water source – a well, which needs to be manually pumped – has proven unreliable. So, when the students want to use the facilities, often there is no water to use them hygienically, nor is there water to keep the latrines clean. A survey was distributed to teachers and students. It was found that the majority of the students found the latrines difficult to use. They attributed the difficulty to the lack of reliable water to the latrines, the dysfunctional doors, and the unhygienic state.
The survey also posed questions regarding the use and state of the existing handwashing station. 100% of students and teachers reported that they’ve used the hand-washing station. However, teachers detailed that it is not used habitually.
The current handwashing station is about 30 feet from the existing bathrooms, out of the way from the students’ classrooms, which is problematic in encouraging students to use these facilities. Students commented in their surveys that they attribute this sporadic use to the lack of soap at the stations, and again pointed to the lack of consistent running water.
This project is to improve sanitation at the school by restoring 3 latrines, building 3 latrines, building 2 handwashing stations, and installing a water tank and piping.
Water Charity funds will be used to purchase materials and to pay for the skilled labor. The community will provide local materials, unskilled labor and transport.
Prior to construction, in January, students, teachers, and community members will participate in a school-wide cleanup in order to prepare the land where the new latrines will be built and the old latrines repaired.
After students return from their two-week holiday for the Cambodian New Year, teachers will teach the students on how to properly clean the facilities, as learned during the “Hygiene Education Week”.
1,180 people will benefit from the project.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Monitoring and Maintenance
To ensure sustainability, teachers will divide responsibilities to oversee that the bathrooms remain clean and functioning. A sanitation task force, led by a grade four teacher, will oversee the schedule in place for students to clean the bathrooms daily. From there, the teacher in charge of the class cleaning on that day will be responsible to check that the latrines are cleaned, and that students use the bathrooms properly.
The new water tank will guarantee the students’ and teachers’ capacity to clean the facilities properly. The counterpart and school staff will move forward with the knowledge of new handwashing trainings, a better understanding of students’ hesitations to use the bathrooms, and the tools to encourage bathroom use with the new sanitary conditions.
The newly created lesson plans about hygiene will allow teachers to teach these sessions in the years to come. They will have increased capacity and competency surrounding hygiene and the ways to teach this topic to their students.
Students and teachers will have the skills and knowledge to wash their hands and clean the bathrooms. They will develop these habits at school, and bring them home to their respective communities, to last them a lifetime.
Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.
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