Cambodia

Cambodia Water and Sanitation Program

Cambodia Water and Sanitation Program

We are pleased to announce the implementation of our new Cambodia Water and Sanitation Program. The first phase of the program is budgeted at $60,000. Funding has already been received from a U.S.-based foundation in the amount of $25,000.

The program is being implemented at once, with the intention of raising the remaining funds through donations and grants over the next several months. This will allow for a regular and continuing flow of projects over the coming year.

The program seeks to complete 20 water, sanitation, public health, and environmental projects in the neediest rural villages of Cambodia. The projects will be cost-effective, using appropriate technology and local labor. They will be administered by Peace Corps Volunteers and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Each project will be planned and implemented quickly and completed in a matter of months.

Many of the project will be aimed at creating conditions that further the goal of allowing girls to go to, and remain in, school, and will be included under our Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide.

Today, there are over 100 Peace Corp volunteers stationed in Cambodian villages. In addition, there are over 400 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in the country since 2007, some of whom will be available to manage projects.

Cambodia Water and Sanitation ProgramThe Cambodia Water and Sanitation Program is designed to counteract the following conditions:

6.3 million out of 14.9 million Cambodians are unable to access clean drinking water, most of them poor and living in rural areas.

The lack of access to clean water leaves Cambodian children vulnerable to diseases, such as diarrhea, the second leading cause of death among children under five.

40% of primary schools and 35% of health centers in the country do not have access to safe water and sanitation.

Water Charity was started in 2008, and projects began in Cambodia in 2009. Since then, 76 projects have been completed in the country, including wells, pumps, latrines, handwashing stations, water systems, rainwater catchment systems and towers, along with filter projects, agriculture projects and solar/environmental projects.

The new program follows the model of our extremely successful WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia, which was completed in 2015 

We are seeking donations from foundations, other nonprofits, businesses, and individuals who recognize the value of our model. Please direct any questions you may have to mail (at) watercharity.org, or contribute now by clicking on the Donate button below.

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Meanchey Middle School Water Project - Cambodia

School girls from Meanchey Middle School

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos

Location

Meanchey Middle School, Roneam Village, Meanchey Commune, Sandan District, Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Meanchey is a farming commune located in rural Kampong Thom, Cambodia. The Meanchey Middle School is the only middle school in a commune of over 3,400 people. Fifteen teachers educate 284 students age 11 to 18 years old. A large majority of people in Meanchey are farmers and usually have one or two additional jobs such as teaching or selling produce at the market in order to support their families. Many families don't have access to clean water and use the local river for showering and washing their clothes. Although people in this community face many challenges, you will rarely see them without a smile on their face. They know how to find happiness in simple things, and tend to work together to solve common problems.

Problem Addressed
A challenge the school faces is the lack of access to clean water. For years the school has depended on rainwater and a broken well as their primary sources of water for basic needs. Rainwater is not a dependable source in Cambodia, especially during the dry season. The old well stopped working after a big flood in the area in 2004 and now only produces dirty water. 

The school has no history of securing an adequate, uncontaminated water supply. Sanitation is also lacking in the school. Since there are few waste bins and no recycling bins, students throw trash on the ground and do a poor job of cleaning it up once a week. The school director and teachers have communicated their concern regarding the health of their students due to the lack of safe drinking water and uncleanliness of the school. The consequences are diarrhea, skin disease, respiratory illnesses, intestinal and other waterborne diseases.  These diseases decrease the amount of time children are in school. The school has expressed interest in a well, a hand washing station, water filters and waste/ recycling bins.  They also have a request to provide education on proper hand washing, drinking safe water and the importance of maintaining a clean environment.

Boys at the schoolProject Description
Local construction workers will construct a well at the Meanchey Middle School.  

A hole will be dug 45 meters deep using safe techniques.  A 3 x 4 meter area outside of the well will be cemented. A motor will be used to pump water out of the well and into the latrines and hand washing stations.

A hand washing station will be built next to the latrines on the right side of the school near the 8th and 9th grade classrooms and another will be repaired next to latrines on the left side of the school by the 7th grade classrooms. Locally purchased waste and recycling bins will be placed throughout the school.
 
School teachers and the Peace Corps volunteer will conduct a two-hour session to promote proper hand washing techniques, the advantages of drinking safe water and the importance of maintaining a clean environment for each of the seven classrooms in the school, educating all 284 students over the course of three days. Students will volunteer to be peer educators and pass on the information they have learned to elementary school students, demonstrating they have understood the material and are reinforcing it by teaching it to others.

The school will provide bars of soap to the hand washing stations at all times. Each of the seven classrooms will be supplied with low-maintenance, portable and effective ceramic water purifiers to provide safe drinking water for students.

Project Impact Trash outside of the school
This project will impact 299 people; 284 students and 15 teachers will benefit from this project.  Future students and visitors will benefit as well.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Valerie Rojas     

Monitoring and Maintenance 
Students in the school’s youth group will monitor the new facilities and notify the director when repairs are needed or they are out of soap for hand washing. The school director has committed to repairing or making necessary adjustments within a month of receiving notice. The PCV will monitor behavior change in the school such as students washing their hands appropriately and disposing of trash in bins and recycling.  The PCV will also provide additional education or reminders as needed.

Comments
The community organization involved with this project is the Meanchey Middle School Teachers. The project is part of Water Charity's ongoing Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide.
 
Let Girls Learn: Lack of clean facilities is a leading cause of girls dropping out of school. Girls often miss school throughout the duration of their period every month because the bathrooms have no water or waste bins to allow for sanitary pad disposal or hand washing. Many of them never go back. The lack of clean water also adds to unsanitary conditions in the bathrooms which is harder on the girls since the boys are able to use the bathroom outdoors. 
The Bathrooms

This project will ensure girls access to clean bathrooms and therefore lower the amount of drop outs among girls.  Sustainable improvements in hygiene behavior patterns require more than education activities and, at the same time, facilities are not sufficient on their own to improve health. A holistic approach that combines the promotion of behavior change and the provision of facilities will lead to a sustainable outcome for the school.

Building the capacity of the middle school staff will be an integral part in the sustainability of managing and sustaining hygiene, water and sanitation programs for long-term success. The Peace Corps volunteer will work with the school to enable the school environment as well as promote community-based management to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of all water, sanitation and hygiene efforts.

The director and teachers are equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage their own facilities and have advocated for the basic right to safe water. The attainability of their own water source instead of dependency on unreliable sources will lead to empowerment and participatory approaches i.e. community-led hand washing demonstrations for a healthier learning environment.

The water source and the environmental component will promote key hygiene behaviors such as hand washing with soap, using clean toilets, treating and drinking safe water and protecting the environment which once learned will remain a part of their lifestyles. 

Dollar Amount of Project
$1,800

Donations Collected to Date
$0

Dollar Amount Needed

$1,800

 

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This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

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Ang Metrei Primary School Bathroom Project - Cambodia

Girls at the well

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos
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 girls around the world!

Location

Rolaing Kruel Commune, Samrong Tong District, Kampong Spue Province, Cambodia

Community DescriptionStudents playing
Surrounded by a health center, pagoda, and market, Ang Metrei Primary School is located in the heart of the village. Due to its location, and its easy accessibility from a main road, Ang Metrei Primary School has the largest number of students in the entire commune.  Six large villages that surround the school send their children there. The school is constantly alive with students learning in the mornings and afternoons. When school is not in session, children can be seen running around, and playing games such as soccer and “lot kawsaou” (jump over the rubber band). In this game you can find students, especially young girls, flying through the air as they try to jump over a long braided rubber band at different heights.

Problem Addressed
Ang Metrei Primary School is located in the heart of the village and despite the constant heavy flow of foot traffic, there is no clean area for teachers or students to relieve themselves.

Currently the school has two latrines for the whole school. These latrines are falling apart and are nearly unusable. Every day, teachers and students have to carry buckets of water from a faraway well, about 100 meters from the latrine, to fill the cisterns in the bathrooms. Since this is labor-intensive, often enough the latrines are left without water, making their use quite difficult. This creates a situation ripe for open defecation, and this induces fear in teachers and students, especially females.

Since there is no clean bathroom available with clean water to use, teachers and students will limit the amount of water they consume while at school.  In doing so they hope to suppress any urge they may have to use the school bathroomsbathroom while at school. This is very dangerous because long-term dehydration is damaging to health. Especially in Cambodia, where the heat can become intolerable, teachers and students need to make sure they are regularly hydrating. During the hotter months (March-May) an increase in the number of young women and children can be seen going to the private clinics for IVs because of dehydration.  The opportunity of spreading disease and illness is increased by the lack of clean running water.

Due to its inconvenience, students will not wash their hands on a regular basis, ultimately creating an easy environment for illness and disease to spread.  Open defecation, combined with the lack of an area to properly clean up, creates an easy facilitator for the oral-fecal route, which further leads to dangerous dehydration.

Project Description
This project is to build new, sanitary restroom facilities for the Ang Metrei Primary School.  It will include a large water tank, and handwashing stations.

Construction will begin by digging a 5-meter square pit that is 2.5 meters deep.  The latrines will be built upon the first 3 meters of this pit. The remaining 2 meters will hold the main waste cement container that will be hand-constructed with clay bricks and cement.  The first 3 meters of the pit will contain three 1 x 1 x 1 meter handmade brick boxes. These boxes will receive the initial waste that is gravity flushed from the toilets and flows through a 100-millimeter pipe into the main waste tank located within the pit directly behind the latrines. 

The main waste tank will be 2 m long x 5 m wide x 3 m high. The tank will be hand made by contractors using clay bricks and cement.  The tank will have an excess of 0.5 meters above ground to allow for a metal door to be created on top of the main waste tank to allow easy access for waste to be pumped when full. 

The latrine structure, which will all be constructed from clay bricks, will be created over the first 3 meters of the pit. The dimension of the whole latrine structure, with its three stalls, is as follows: The width of the floor is 5 meters, the height of the structure is 3 meters, the width of the roof 5.6 meters, and the depth from the front of the structure to the back is 3 meters. The walls and floors of each latrine will be covered in porcelain students at the welltile. This will allow for easier cleanup after every use. The toilets will be porcelain squat style and each bathroom will have a cistern.

On the entrance side of the latrine structure, two sinks will be installed, one on the left wall and one on the right wall. These two sinks will be made of durable metal to guarantee longevity. The location of these sinks is key because it is easily visible from the bathroom stall. As soon as teacher and students exit the stall they will see a sink for them to use.

The sinks will be adhered to the walls with a combination of glue, screws, and cement.  The roof of the latrine structure will consist of a flat surface made from cement in order to create a sturdy base on which the 2,000 liter water tank will rest. This tank will be made from durable metal. Water from the tank will be gravity fed through 21-millimeter pipes into the latrines and sinks.   

The 2,000-liter tank will be replenished by a private water supply. The school is in the beginning stages of installing plumbing to receive running water from this company. The private company cleans and uses the water from the nearby river. The water pressure from the water plant is strong enough to pump water into the tank. All that will be needed is to install a valve on the 21-millimeter pipe leading to the tank from the pipes, installed before the start of the project.  The water company has promised to install the plumbing into the school for free before the start of the project. This guarantees that teachers and students will have continuous access to water in the latrines and sinks.  Nonetheless, the water from the water plant is not potable. It is however safe for common everyday use.

The school, at this time, has water filters, given by USAID, in each of its classrooms for the teachers and students to use. These filters have not been as beneficial as they could be because everyone that attends the school limits the amount of water they drink in a day because they do not want to have to use the bathroom while at school. By constructing latrines with continuous access to running water, PCV & Studentsteachers and students will not only feel comfortable using the bathrooms, but this will encourage proper hydration while at school. Lastly, the installation of the sinks will further encourage students to practice proper hand-washing techniques. Teachers will help reinforce this practice by holding hand washing workshops in their respective classes.

Project Impact
This project will directly impact 619 people, including 600 students ranging from the ages of six to twelve years of age and 19 teachers on staff.  This project will also impact visitors and future students and staff.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Giselle Campos

Monitoring and Maintenance
This project will be monitored and maintained by the PCV and well as teachers, parents and community members.

Comments
This project is part of our Let Girls Learn Initiative

Young women and children are the most vulnerable when dealing with issues related to water and sanitation. For young boys, urinating in public is a common practice. However, for young girls urinating in public is highly frowned upon. For this reason girls will limit the amount of water they will drink in a day because they are afraid of having to use the bathroom when away from home. This action promotes dehydration, which is very dangerous in a country with a hot tropical climate. IVs in the arms of young women are too commonly seen in Cambodia. While talking with one of the doctors at a local private clinic he said that the most common reason why his female patients come to seek his care are for symptoms related to dehydration. With the implementation of this project, a clean and safe space for young girls to use the bathroom while they are at school will be created. In doing so their health and wellness will increase, while ultimately decreasing absences from school due to symptoms related to dehydration.
Students running
PCV Volunteer, Giselle Campos states that, "Ang Metrei Primary School holds a special place in my heart. Every Sunday you can see me with at least 10 kids playing a pick up game of soccer. This has become something special that my kids look forward to at the end every week. My favorite moment had to be when I first met seven-year-old PoPo at the school. She was a very shy girl who would hide away from playing team sports. After countless encouragement, and a little footwork she now dominates our games with poise and ease. Who knows, maybe we will see her in the future SEA Olympics."

Dollar Amount of Project
$2,100

Donations Collected to Date
$0

Dollar Amount Needed

$2,100

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Khnach Romeas Secondary School Water Project - Cambodia

Khnach Romeas Secondary School Latrines

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.
NPCA & WC LOGOSThis 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!


Location
Khnach Romeas Village, Khnach Romeas Commune, Bavel District, Battambang Province, Cambodia

Community Description
The Khnach Romeas Secondary School is located in a farming village and is the only secondary school in the commune.

The School Problem Addressed
The Khnach Romeas Secondary School has no dependable water source for basic sanitation needs. The latrines that exist are broken, and insufficient for the number of students.

Latrine construction has promising gains to deliver in terms of increased access to education for girls. Furthermore, hand washing facilities as a complimentary measure to latrine construction mitigates the risk of contamination. Lack of potable water and sanitation is one of the biggest issues affecting the health of children across Cambodia, particularly those who live in the countryside, and schools are a focal point for the spread of disease.

Project Description

Water Charity will help the Khnach Romeas Secondary School to a achieve a reliable water supply, for purposes of sanitation and hygiene.  This will include a well, the repair of two existing latrines, the construction of two new latrines, a hand washing station, and a water storage container. The goal is to help the teachers and students, particularly female students, of the Khnach Romeas Secondary School gain access to water and sanitation in order to achieve safe, clean latrines, and water for hand washing.

An anonymous survey concerning the views students hold of the school latrines will be distributed to the entire school population before and after the construction and repair of school latrines.  The data collected from the surveys will be compared and analyzed. 

In addition, four secondary school teachers will conduct a 20-minute session on education and demonstration of proper hand washing techniques and behaviors for the entire school following the morning flag ceremony, educating all 659 students. A holistic approach that combines the promotion of behavior change and the provision of facilities will lead to a sustainable outcome for the secondary school.

School GroundsProject Details

1)  Local workers will construct a well in front of the secondary school.

(a) A hole will be dug 50 meters deep and 40 centimeters in diameter.

(b) A motor will be used to pump water out of the well.

2. Local workers will situate one 3000-liter water storage container on top of a 3-meter tall stand made of steel. 

(a) Rainwater collection jars have been an inefficient method to store water for the primary school. Four of the seven rainwater collection jars owned by the school have cracked due to the lack of water being stored inside the jars.

(b) A water storage container will be a safe and reliable means of storing water. 

(c) The school owns another structure for water storage.  However, the roof has been destroyed by fruit falling from the nearby palm fruit tree. The school will pay for a new roof for the structure and to trim the tree to prevent any future damage. The existing structure will be another means of water storage from the well. 

3. Local workers will build a 3-meter by 4-meter hand washing station next to the latrines of the secondary school. 

Teachers(a) Four secondary school teachers will conduct an educational demonstration to promote proper hand washing techniques and behaviors for the entire school, educating all 659 students. 

(b) The secondary school will provide bars of soap to the hand washing station at all times and will maintain the hand washing station to ensure working order. 

(c) The hand washing station will be next to a palm fruit tree and, as stated earlier, the school will pay for the tree to be trimmed to prevent damage of the hand washing station. 

4. Local workers will construct two new latrines and will repair the existing two malfunctioning latrines. 

(a) The school will maintain the latrines to ensure working order, which will become far more manageable with a dependable water source. 

(b) At least six latrines are needed for the use of a school of over 600 students.

5. An anonymous survey distributed to all students before and after the construction and repair of latrines.

(a) One month following the repair and construction of the latrines, a follow-up survey will be distributed to all students. 

(b) Data will only be obtained from the surveys completed by female students. 

(c) The female student population data collected from the surveys distributed before and after the repair and construction of the latrines will be compared and analyzed.

Project Impact
659 students, 35 teachers, and all the other people who visit the school.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Evalynn Romano

Monitoring and Maintenance
The secondary school will repair the motor if it is to malfunction in the future, and will pay the monthly electricity costs from motor use.

Comments
This project is part of the LET GIRLS LEARN program sponsored by FLOTUS Michelle Obama, as well as Water Charity's Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide.  It is intended to have a positive effect in keeping girls in school after they reach adolescence.  Lack of clean facilities is a leading cause of women dropping out of school.

Water Charity is proud to have sponsored the very first LGL project, and continues to be a leading contributor to the program, as evidenced by projects like this one.

Evalynn has recently completed another project for Water Charity in her service in Cambodia.  Click the link to read about the Kors Ream Primary School Well and Water System Project and its CONCLUSION.

Fundraising Goal
$5,700

Donations Collected to Date
$0

Dollar Amount Needed
$5,700

This project has been completed.  However, donations are still being accepted.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

 

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Svey Leu High School Latrine Project - Cambodia

LET GIRLS LEARN - Svey Leu High School Latrine Project - Cambodia

NPCA & WC LOGOSThis 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!

 

Location

Svey LeuSvey Leu district, Siem Reap province, Cambodia
 

Community Description
Svey Leu is a district of Siem Reap Province, in north western 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.

Problem Addressed
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.
 
Due to the school’s deficient latrine facilities and water system, female students are discouraged from attending school once a month when menstruating. Given the pre-existing lack of emphasis and support for female education in Cambodian society, projects like this are necessary to remove barriers and advance gender equality.
 

Svey Leu High School

Project Description
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.

Some of the school’s teachers and students will assist in construction of the water system. Having those who will benefit from the latrines involved in the building process invests them in the success and sustainability of the end product. Additionally, we hope the female students will realize the importance of their education by seeing the support provided to them by their school staff and fellow students.
 
Success of this project will be measured by distributing anonymous surveys to all female students, both before construction and 6 months following completion. These surveys will ask how the state of our school’s latrines affects female attendance. It is expected that the new latrines and water system will better allow female students to pursue their studies.
 
Project Impact
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.
 
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Ann Choi
 
Monitoring and Maintenance
The school will be responsible for seeing to the upkeep of the latrines.
 
Comments
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.

Ann & one of her students

The high school’s Director, Sokkhun Khat, and Vice Director, Bonyong Soun, approached Ann with this particular project as they had seen a long-standing need to improve the school’s latrine facilities. Both Mr. Khat and Mr. Soun are highly respected in the community, and they can efficiently and effectively motivate the construction workers, teachers, and students in building the latrines and water system. 
 
Mr. Soun will also be involved in drafting the surveys to track progress of the project, in order to ensure that the wording of these surveys are culturally appropriate. Mr. Khat and Mr. Soun together will ensure the proper use and upkeep of the new facilities in order to sustain support for female students by keeping down barriers to their education.
 
Dollar Amount of Project
$2,700
 
Donations Collected to Date
$2,700
 
Dollar Amount Needed
$0 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Robert Victor Sager and Beatrice Mintz Sager Foundation.
 
This project has been COMPLETED.  To see the conclusion of the project CLICK HERE.
Additional donations will be used for other projects in Cambodia.
 
 

Svey Leu High SchoolCamp Hope at Angkor Wat

Reclining Buddha in Svey LeuSvey Leu under rainclouds

 

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Kors Ream Primary School Well and Water System Project - Cambodia

Kors Ream Primary School Well and Water System Project - Cambodia

npca - wc logosThis project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.


Location
Kors Ream Primary SchoolKors Ream Primary School, Kors Ream Village, Bavel District, Battambang Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Kors Ream is a farming village located in rural Battambang, Cambodia. The Kors Ream Primary School is the only primary school in the village. Nine teachers educate 360 students aged 4 to 13 years old.

Problem Addressed
A challenge the primary school faces is the lack of water access. For years the school depended on rainwater and a pond situated in the back of the school as their primary sources of water for basic needs.

Rainwater is not a dependable source in Cambodia, especially during the dry season. The pond situated behind the school contained contaminated water that caused skin irritations for the students. A neighboring pond was then used as an alternative; however, the students encountered the same skin irritations. Currently, both ponds are drained, leaving the school to become dependent on the two large rainwater jars the school owns and a neighbor’s well, which is already shared between three families.

The school has no history of securing an adequate, uncontaminated water supply. Kors Ream Primary School - Rainwater JugsThe director and teachers of the primary school have communicated concern regarding the health of their students due to the lack of clean water. The consequences are diarrhea, skin disease, respiratory illnesses, intestinal and other waterborne diseases, lessening the amount of time children are in school.

Rainwater collection jars have been an inefficient method to store water for the primary school. Two of the four rainwater collection jars owned by the school have shattered due to the lack of water being stored inside the jars. The school has expressed interest in a well, structures for water storage and usage, as well as educating students on the importance of proper hand washing and safe drinking water.

Project Description
Local construction workers will construct a well in front of the primary school. A hole will be dug 40 meters deep and 40 centimeters in diameter. A motor will be used to pump water out of the well.

Local construction workers will also situate a 300-liter water storage container on top of a 6-meter stand made of steel.  A 3-meter by 6-meter hand washing station will be built next to the latrines behind the primary school.

Two primary school teachers and the Peace Corps volunteer will conduct an educational demonstration to promote proper hand washing techniques for each of the nine classrooms of the school, educating all 360 students over the course of five days.

The primary school will provide bars of soap to the hand washing station at all times. 

Project Impact
360 students and 9 teachers will benefit. (As well as anyone else who comes to visit the school.)

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Evalynn Romano

Kids at the Kors Ream Primary SchoolMonitoring and Maintenance
The Kors Ream Primary School will maintain the water source and will educate students on the importance of hand washing.

Comments
Instead of a large community bio-sand filter, as envisioned, Water Charity will provide the the school with a ceramic water filter for each of the 9 classrooms.  These filters are even more effective at eliminating microbe pathogens, and will allow easier access to drinking water for the children.

Dollar Amount of Project
$2,900

Donations Collected to Date
$100

Dollar Amount Needed
$2,800

This project has been completed!  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

 

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Thnot Chum 5 + Pnou Village Well Projects - Cambodia

Thnot Chum 5 Village Well Project - Cambodia

NPCA - WC LogosThis project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Location

Thnot Chum 5 Village, Prasat Commune, Santuk District, Kampong Thom Province

Thnot Chum 5 Village

Community Description

This larger than average commune in Kampong Thom province has nearly 100% of residents who farm. Although it is only eight kilometers from the National Road, it faces huge economic and educational disparities even from the nearest town. Multiple families tend to live in compounds and share wells or walk to nearby locations that have shared wells for the community.

Problem Addressed

There are no paved roads in Thnot Chum 5 Village, and the houses in this particular part of the community sit off of a mud road. They face severe flooding during the rainy season, and the water from the holes which they have dug is always very dirty and full of trash. Additionally, they have no cover for these sources, thus allowing seeping in of human and animal fecal matter. Furthermore, the holes are perfect environments for mosquito breeding.

Thnot Chum 5 Village sits near a river, so the families rely on it for their water source. However, some houses sit 500-800 meters away from the river so retrieving water is a strenuous task and it is often very dirty as the river is used for everything from laundry to trash disposal to water buffalo bathing (and defecation). The situation is very similar in Pnou Village, about four kilometers from Thnot Chum 5.   

Pnou Village Leaders

Additionally, a large Buddhist Pagoda Compound that houses 10 monks is without a clean water source. Both vllages would like to put in wells for all the surrounding houses to share. Wells will be placed in a public location, not on the land of a single family.  This well would be placed on public land, behind the pagoda compound but near a busy road used by all local families. The local Commune Chief chose this location so that it could be used by all villagers.

Project Description

This project will build two wells, in two separate villages, on public land accessible to any villagers. The wells will be in a central spot in order to provide the highest convenience for surrounding households. The water will be used for drinking, cooking, washing clothes, and body and household hygiene.  

Basic, bucket draw wells will be built by a local construction worker. No machinery will be used to dig the wells. The wells will be between 6 and 8 meters deep. A pump well is not an option because there are high levels of arsenic in this area. Digging deep is not an option.

The construction will include concrete lining with a runoff area. Community members will build a cover for the wells and will work together to maintain them.

Project ImpactPnou Village Surrounding Families

240 Villagers from both villages will gain access to clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing and hygiene.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project

Josephine Mahlie

Monitoring and Maintenance

After the project is complete, water samples will be collected to test for potability, and the PCV will educate the villagers on proper water safety. Community members will work with the Peace Corps volunteer and commune/village chiefs to ensure the continued maintenance of the wells.

Comments

This is Josephine Mahlie's 3rd project in Cambodia with Water Charity.  We are proud to say that together we have been able to have a solid impact on the water and sanitation issues in the region.  You can check out Josephine's other projects by clicking this link: http://watercharity.com/search/node/mahlie

Dollar Amount of Project
$1,600

Donations Collected to Date
$150

Dollar Amount Needed
$1,450

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This project has been finished.  To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

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Aranh Primary School Filter and Handwashing Station Project - Cambodia

Aranh Primary School Filter and Handwashing Station Project - Cambodia

Location
Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Caring for Cambodia (CFC) is a nonprofit, non-governmental, charitable organization committed to ensuring a high-quality education for 6,400 children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In partnership with the Cambodian government, it provides education for children from preschool through grade 12.

CFC operates at 5 campuses in Siem Reap. Each campus has a water filtration system that is nearing its 5-year anticipated life and a handwashing station that is dilapidated.

This project will reach all students, faculty, staff and many student families at the Aranh Primary School, for a total of 800+ people. The majority of these individuals and families live in homes without water, and must either purchase or carry in and filter their own water for drinking, brushing teeth, cooking and handwashing.

Problem Addressed
The water filtration system and the handwashing station at the Aranh Primary School were built years ago by Asia Water, but currently do not provide the safe water necessary to support the health and proper hygiene of those who spend time at the school.

Aranh Primary School Filter and Handwashing Station Project - Cambodia Clean potable water on the campus has a strong and direct impact on the health of the students, directly correlating with their attendance and achievement. Clean water helps stop the spread of transmissible diseases that weaken students over time, and can cause them to miss school, fall behind, and eventually make the choice that school is not for them.

Project Description
This project is to provide a biosand water filter and a handwashing stations at the Aranh Primary School.

A local water filtration company with experience in the biosand filtration technology will provide sustainable and affordable filter system. Water is pumped from the well to an elevated tank, and filtered to safe levels before use.

Three handwashing stations, totaling 43 faucets will be restored to full functionality.

The work will be coordinated with a bathroom project also being undertaken at the school

Unskilled labor will be done by volunteers.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase fixtures, and materials, and to provide payment for skilled labor.

Project Impact
800+ people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Christin Spoolstra, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, now Deputy Country Director, Caring for Cambodia

Monitoring and Maintenance
CFC staff at the school will be trained by the installation company and by members of the school health program to conduct monthly flushing. CFC will monitor and maintain the systems. Replacement of the sand in the filter will be done at regular intervals.

Comments
This is an important project to maintain the infrastructure of the school by performing necessary replacement and refurbishment of critical systems.

Fundraising Target
$1,600

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$150

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Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

Dollar Amount Needed
$1,450

This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

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Krava Health Center Pump Project - Cambodia

Krava Health Center Pump Project - Cambodia

Location

Krava Village, Krava Commune, Baray District, Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

Community Description

Krava Health Center serves 24 villages and 3 communes, around 20,000 people. It is a rural farming area and sits a little over 15 km from the national road.  Most of the population is uneducated about hygiene practices.

Health center staffProblem Addressed

The health center currently does not have a pump for the existing well, located about 100 feet from the center.  Without the pump, the process of obtaining water is labor-intensive, and thus the use of water is discouraged.  This means that sterilizing the facilities and handwashing is kept at a minimum, if practiced at all. 

There is already the infrastructure for 2 toilets and a handwashing station that are currently unused, as there is no access to water.  When patients stay at the health center after giving birth, often for several days, they are forced to endure unsanitary conditions.

Project Description 

This project is to provide a reliable source of water for the health center through the installation of a pump.  Water will be made available for drinking, cooking, sanitation and handwashing.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the pump. The health center director will install the motor.

Supplies for hygiene and cleaning will be provided, and policies and procedures will be adopted.

Krava Health Center Pump Project - CambodiaProject Impact 

5,000 patients who visit the health center each year will directly benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project

Jessica Bedard

Monitoring and Maintenance

The well and motor will be maintained and monitored by the health center staff.

Training on hygiene practices and handwashing will be conducted for the health center staff.

Comments 

This is a high-impact project, providing a crucial supply of safe water to a large number of people.  It will decrease the incidence of illness and improve the wellbeing of all of the people who rely on the health center for services.  It properly utilizes existing resources, and has the support and participation of health center administration and staff.

This project is being implemented as part of the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia. Donations to continue the overall program are being accepted on the program page. This project has been funded by WHOLE WORLD Water.

This project has been completed.  To see the results, CLICK HERE.

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Thnot Chum Health Center Well Project - Cambodia

Thnot Chum Health Center Well Project - Cambodia

Location
Thnot Chum 4, Thnot Chum Commune, Baray District, Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Thnot Chum Health Center serves a population of over 10,000 people. It sits in a rural farming community and serves as the closest and only affordable health care option for a majority of the population. The local community is largely uneducated and lacks knowledge of basic hygienic practices.

Problem Addressed
There is currently a well located about 70 feet from the health center. However, the well and pump are damaged, and cannot be used. Water for drinking, sanitation, and hygiene must be carried in buckets for use in the sinks and bathrooms.

During deliveries, and for the 2 or 3 days while the mother and child remain for recovery, water is often inaccessible.

Thnot Chum Health Center Well Project - CambodiaProject Description
This project is to repair the well and pump system at Thnot Chum Health Center.

Water will be removed from the well, cracks inside the well will be repaired, and a coating of waterproof cement will be applied.

The outside runoff area will be replaced with new bricks and cement for effective runoff.

A cement cover will be built to protect the water in the well from contamination and to prevent mosquito breeding.

The pump will be replaced and new PVC piping will be installed.

The work will be done by experienced local construction workers with the assistance of health center staff.

Water Charity funds will pay for the pump, piping, cement, and other materials, as well as for the skilled labor.

Project Impact
1,000 people per year who visit the center will directly benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
The project will be directed by Peace Corps Volunteer Josephine Mahlie. She previously implemented the Thnot Chum Commune Well Project - Cambodia

Monitoring and Maintenance
Health center staff will monitor and maintain the well. The water will be periodically tested for potability, and if it becomes contaminated, corrective measures, such as filtration, or chlorination will be applied.

Comments
The project will result in a ready supply of clean water for staff, patients, and families.

This project is being implemented as part of the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia. Donations to continue the overall program are being accepted on the program page.

This project has been funded by WHOLE WORLD Water.

This project has been finished.  To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

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