Svey Leu High School Latrine Project – Cambodia
This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.
This is a project under the LET GIRLS LEARN Program, a collaboration of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world!
Svey Leu district, Siem Reap province, Cambodia
Svey Leu is a district of Siem Reap Province, in northwestern Cambodia. According to the 1998 census of Cambodia, it had a population of 12,869. The High School there serves a very large district, and some of the neighboring districts do not have high schools.
Svey Leu High School has 425 students (246 female, 179 male) who must moto, bike, or walk far distances if they wish to attend classes. It is also part of Cambodian culture to return home during the mid-day break to have lunch with one’s family. Students consequently travel to and from school 4 times within one school day.
The Svey Leu High School lacks hygienic latrines. Currently, there is only one set of co-ed latrines available for student use. The school also lacks a working water system preventing proper upkeep of latrines. Female students in particular face difficulties due to these shortcomings as many decide not to attend school when menstruating. These students, therefore, miss about a week of classes every month. The lack of appropriate latrines creates a barrier for female students to keep up throughout the school year, which greatly jeopardizes their potential to graduate and pursue a career.
This project aims to build 2 new latrines, specifically for female students, and construct a water system to ensure adequate water year-round to keep the latrines functional.
246 female students and the female teachers benefit directly, as will future students who have yet to attend the school. In addition, a large number of current and future family members will benefit indirectly.
The school will be responsible for seeing to the upkeep of the latrines.
This project is also known as “LGL-15-303-001 Increasing Female High School Attendance” and is the very first project to be implemented under the Let Girls Learn Program.
$0 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Robert Victor Sager and Beatrice Mintz Sager Foundation.