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Chum Kiri was founded in 1993, and is the newest and poorest district in the southern province of Kampot. It was one of the first areas captured by Khmer Rouge forces in the early 1970's and Pol Pot's followers in the area did not accept re-integration under the peace plan until 1998.
In the 25-plus years that the Khmer Rouge were in control, all schools were closed. Since the area was re-integrated, a high school, 2 lower secondary schools, and 14 primary schools have been built, but due to the prolonged hostilities in the region, development has been extraordinarily slow compared to other districts in Kampot province.
Chum Kiri is located 40 km from Kampot town, 150 km from Phnom Penh, and 12 km from National Highway 3. The majority of families survive on subsistence agriculture and, until recently, few had ventured outside of the district due to the decrepit roads.
Within the past year, two massive road projects have greatly improved access to the district. This road improvement has opened many new opportunities for the district's inhabitants. It has also brought many new people who want to settle in the area. This has placed a further strain on the already over-burdened schools.
The Ang Andet Primary School serves 430 students. Its sanitation facilities are inadequate. In addition, the hand pump on the school’s well quit working prior to the school year, so they have been relying on a single well all year.
This project is to expand the sanitation capacity at the school by adding an annex with two more toilets to the existing facility, and also to fix the hand pump on a well, at the Ang Andet Primary School.
Latrine construction will be done by the same contractor who built previous latrine projects funded by Water Charity at Ang Chak High School, Angmotreysatram Primary School, and Prey K'Cheeay Primary and Lower Secondary School, as well as building water tanks at Ang Chak High School.
Due to the convenient location of the current latrine near one of the school buildings, an existing wall of the latrine and an existing wall of the school building will be incorporated into the new annex. This will save nearly $50 worth of materials.
The latrine annex will be constructed of stuccoed brick with a metal roof. It will have a tiled interior with ceramic toilet bowls.
Water will primarily be provided by cisterns that catch the rain runoff, supplemented by water from the school's well when needed.
The toilets will be of the standard concrete vault type that is used throughout rural Cambodia.
Unskilled labor, such as for digging the pit, will be contributed by the staff at the school and by local villagers. Brick, stone, and tile work will be performed by skilled masons who will be paid using Water Charity funds.
Project funds will also be used to purchase the needed concrete, bricks, doors, toilet basins, roofing, and other materials.
The school will contribute an additional $50 to $70, to be used toward the repair of the hand pump on the well. This will double the capacity of the water supply during the dry season.
430 students and 16 staff members, plus 150 villagers who depend on the wells during the dry season, will benefit from the project.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Bruce previously completed the Hun Sen Ang Chak High School Latrine Project – Cambodia, the Samarky Primary School Well Project – Cambodia, the Angmotreysatram Primary School Latrine Project - Cambodia, the Ang Chak High School Well Project - Cambodia, the Prey K'Cheeay Primary and Lower Secondary School Latrine Project - Cambodia, the Angmotreysatram Primary School Water Project – Cambodia, and the Ang Chak High School Rainwater Storage Project - Cambodia.
As of this posting, this breaks by three the record for the number of projects completed in partnership with Water Charity for a serving Peace Corps Volunteer.
This is an important infrastructure project to provide for the sanitation needs of the large school population. It incorporates widespread participation and careful design to extend the use of project funds to also satisfy an urgent water supply need.
Dollar Amount of Project
Donations Collected to Date
$555.00 + additional amounts
Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Bruce Kelsey.
We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Bruce of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Bruce and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.
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