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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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Kampong Trach Primary School Pump Project - Cambodia

Kampong Trach Primary School Pump Project - Cambodia

Location

Kampong Trach, Romeas Hek District, Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia

Community Description

Kampong Trach is the district town within a commune of over 5,000 people.  It is heavily dependent on the rice farming industry.

The community has a broken, paved highway which runs through it and dirt roads which feed into it.

The provincial town, Svay Rieng, which is connected by the highway, is 42 km south and the Vietnamese border is 10 k east down a dirt road.

Kampong Trach Primary School, with nearly 900 registered students, is the largest primary school in Romeas Hek District, and students who continue to study go to the high school (Romeas Hek High School) 2 km down the road.

Kampong Trach Primary School Pump Project - CambodiaProblem Addressed

There is no accessible water on the school grounds.  Water for drinking, hygiene, cooking, and cleaning must be brought in each day from a neighboring house.

Although there is a drilled well, it is not functioning because it lacks a pump.

There is a rainwater catchment system, but it is in disrepair.

Project Description

This project is to install a pump and runoff system for the well, and also to restore the rainwater catchment system to full functionality.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the equipment and material, including the pump, piping and fittings, concrete, gravel, and sand.

Members of the staff have experience with pumps of this type, and a pump of the proper size and type to ensure adequate service has been identified.

School staff and parents will purchase and transport the materials, and complete the job with the assistance of a local well builder.

A sanitation and hygiene session has been conducted by the school staff for all the primary and high school students. 

Project Impact

900 people, including students and teachers, will benefit from the project

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project

Gianni Bisio

Monitoring and Maintenance

School staff will control access to and monitor the use of the new equipment, with the sub-director assuming responsibility for maintenance and repairs.

Comments

The project will provide safe water for all of the needs of the school.  Water for cleaning and handwashing will result in a decrease of illness due to poor sanitation and hygiene.  Water will be readily accessible, saving the time and effort previously needed to bring water to the school.

This project has been funded by WHOLE WORLD Water, and 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.

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

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Thnot Chum Commune Well Project - Cambodia

Thnot Chum Commune Well Project - Cambodia

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

Community Description
Almost all of the residents of this larger-than-average commune in Kampong Thom Province engage in farming.

Although it is only 8 kilometers from the National Road, it faces huge economic and educational disparities, even when compared to 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 the community, and the houses in the target area sit off of a mud road. The residents face severe flooding during the rainy season.

Holes have been dug for the collection of water. However, the holes are always very dirty and full of trash. Since they are not covered, the water is contaminated by human and animal fecal matter, causing serious gastrointestinal problems among the residents.

The standing water creates perfect conditions for the breeding of mosquitos, allowing for the proliferation of insect-borne illnesses, such as malaria. Thnot Chum Commune Well Project - Cambodia

Although there is an irrigation system nearby, family members in these compounds are elderly caretakers who often cannot bear the physical work of carrying water back to their homes.

Project Description
This project will build two wells in two compounds of the village.

The wells will be located in centralized locations to provide access to multiple families. They will provide water for drinking, cooking, washing clothes, sanitation, and hygiene.

The wells will be hand dug to a depth of between 10 and 15 meters, depending on where the water table is found.

The construction will include a waterproof cement lining and a runoff area to prevent the accumulation of standing water.

The work will be done by a local construction worker.

Water Charity funds will be used to pay for the materials, including cement, sand, gravel, and wire.

Community members will contribute unskilled labor and locally-available materials, and will build covers for the wells.

Project Impact
100 people will benefit from the project.

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 Peace Corps Volunteer will educate the community 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 an important infrastructure project that addresses immediate health problems in a very vulnerable and underprivileged community.

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. Additional donations will go to other projects in Cambodia.

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

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Trodait Village and Koma Village Well Project – Cambodia

Trodait Village and Koma Village Well Project – Cambodia

Location
Trodait Village and Koma Village, Sampong Chey District, Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Sampong Chey district is located at the border dividing Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom Province, approximately 80 km north of Phnom Penh. Trodait Village and Koma Village, though only 3 km from the national highway, have no paved roads, and as with many rural villages in Cambodia, several families share access to a single well to meet their water needs.

Problem Addressed
The roads are terribly muddy and flooded during the rainy season, causing many of the families farthest from the wells great distress in having to bring back water for their daily needs. Furthermore, most of the more distant families consist of elderly women who look after young grandchildren whose parents are off in Thailand or bigger cities to work in factories or fields.

Because the women are physically unfit to carry the water themselves and the children are too young, they often resort to using nearby water sources, which are frequently dirty ponds that gather fecal matter from animals and are infested with mosquitoes, exacerbating health issues.

Trodait Village and Koma Village Well Project – CambodiaProject Description
This project is to build two wells, one in Trodait Village and the other in Koma Village. The wells will provide for the water needs of the people, including for drinking, cooking, washing clothes, sanitation, and hygiene.

A local company will be contracted to machine-drill the hand-pumped well, approximately 25-35 m deep, in order to ensure access to water year-round.

Included in the construction will be a concrete lining as well as a runoff area and soak pit.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase materials and pay the drilling contractor.

Community members will participate in the project by raising funds for an electric pump to be used to transport water to fill cisterns located at the homes.

Project Impact
This project will provide easy access to potable water for about 60 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Andrea Lim

Monitoring and Maintenance
Post-construction, water samples from each well will be tested for potability. Several community members will work together with the Peace Corps Volunteer to ensure the continued maintenance of the wells.

Training on safe drinking water will be conducted, and local high school students and the PCV will work together to educate village members on the benefits of growing a home vegetable garden, which can utilize runoff water from the well.

Comments
This is an important project that will give access to safe water for a number of impoverished families. The project is designed to be sustainable into the future. As an added benefit, the re-use of the water for agricultural purposes opens the potential for economic development.

This project has been funded by WHOLE WORLD Water as part of the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia.

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

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Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia

Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia

We are pleased to announce the implementation of the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia.

In partnership with WHOLE WORLD Water, the program will be carried out by Water Charity, in coordination with the United States Peace Corps, to provide running water for people in rural areas of Cambodia.

Kids benefittingThe program is a concentrated effort to build new water projects in areas of great need. In its initial phase, 6 new projects will be implemented in various locations in Cambodia, and will directly benefit at least 1,800 people.

The program will focus on all aspects of supplying drinking water, with the allied objective of also providing water for sanitation, hygiene, and agriculture. Benefits will be sought in reducing morbidity and mortality, improving quality of life, improving food security, and providing economic benefits for direct participants and the community at large.

Typical projects will be wells, pumps, rainwater catchment systems, aqueducts, water storage systems, and irrigation systems.

Each project will utilize the appropriate technology to achieve the maximum reduction in illness and death caused by lack of water and/or the consumption of contaminated water. The design of each project will incorporate measures to maintain the improvements after completion.

All of the projects will be implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) living and working in the locations where the projects are implemented, with the assistance of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who bring a wealth of background and experience to bear.

The overall program is being implemented under the direction of Stewart Mills and Christin Spoolstra, with the technical assistance of Bruce Kelsey. Stewart, an RPCV who served in Cambodia from 2011 to 2013, will spearhead the program.

Christin is a PCV currently serving her third year in Cambodia. She will coordinate the work of PCVs who are developing and implementing projects. She previously completed the Kandieng Reay Health Center Bathroom Project - Cambodia and the Hun Sen Prosaut High School Water Project - Cambodia.

Bruce is an RPCV who served in Cambodia from 2011 to 2013. During his service, he completed 10 projects in partnership with Water Charity. He developed several new technologies that will be incorporated into the new projects being started under this program. He also was extremely successful in raising funds for Water Charity projects, and will continue to assist us in soliciting outside funds to augment the work started by WWW under this program.

The program has been fully completed, and as an example of how succesful it has been, we added a 7th project, and were able to complete all 7 on the budget of the original 6. 

Links to the individual projects:

This list links to the individual project pages for all 7, now finished, projects.  Conclusion reports for each project can be reached through their project pages or by following meta links at the bottom of each page in the program.
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Whole World Water
Whole World Water (WWW) is a program whereby participating members in the hospitality industry worldwide work to eliminate the environmental problems caused by bottled water by filtering and bottling drinking water on site and selling the water to their patrons.

Funds from the sale of WHOLE WORLD Water from hotel, resort, spa and restaurant members are contributed to the WHOLE WORLD Water Fund, a registered UK charity. 100% of these funds are invested in approved clean and safe water projects around the world.

Water Charity
Water Charity is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit that does water and sanitation projects around the world. In the past 6 years, it has implemented 1,600 projects in 60 countries.

Water Charity has helped Peace Corps Volunteers in Cambodia to implement 61 projects to date.

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is a United States international service organization that sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change in the communities in which they live and serve.

The Peace Corps program in Cambodia began in 2007, and there are now 300 PCVs who have served. At present, there are 100 PCVs living and working in Cambodia available to implement projects under this program.

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Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project - Cambodia

Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project - Cambodia

Location
Prosaut, Svay Teab District, Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Prosaut is a growing community within Svay Teab District, Svay Rieng Province. As it is located along National Road 1 (the road which connects Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City) and is not far from the provincial town or the Bavet border crossing, there is a constant flow of heavy traffic.

Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project - Cambodia

Kandieng Reay Health Center officially services 21 villages in the area (with a population of 21, 493 according to a 2012 survey). However, the population has increased steadily since that survey and many people from outside those villages are also beginning to use the health center.

While last year the health center had 9 people on staff and between 1,200 and 1,500 visitors per month, now there are 11 on staff and 1,500 to 2,000 visitors per month. By next year, the staff is expected to double and the patient number to increase dramatically, particularly the number of overnight patients (now only about 10/month).

In the early 1990s, the health center consisted of only a triage center and maternity ward plus a pharmacy. In July of 2013, the health center received funding to renovate 2 buildings that a UN health program had abandoned when the TB rates in the area decreased sufficiently.

Now, there are extra patient wards to care for injuries and longer-term illnesses. The acquisition of an ambulance has further increased patient intake.

Problem Addressed
The health center has only one well to provide for all of its needs for patient care, including drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene. There is a single functioning bathroom, completed previously as a Water Charity project, located behind the maternity ward, far from the two new buildings.

There exist 3 other bathrooms, one shower, and outlets for water for drinking and cleaning, but there is not enough water to supply them.

Project Description
This project is to build a new well with a pump, and install a piping system and 3 water filters throughout the facility.

The project has been entirely planned by community members, and will be carried out under the direction of health center staff (including the co-director and a midwife), with extensive community input.

The well will be drilled by professional drillers using the technology common in the area. It is anticipated that the water table will be reached near 40 meters. The above-ground improvements, including a cement platform, will be built by skilled masons.

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The new well will be fitted with an electronic pump to circulate the water to various parts of the center.

PVC piping will be installed to bring running water to the bathrooms, shower, operation room, and overnight patient/staff room.

3 water filters will be purchased and installed to ensure that staff and patients have clean, safe water to drink. These will most likely be of the type used by the Red Cross, and recommended by the Peace Corps Medical Officer.

Water Charity funds will be used to pay for equipment, materials, and skilled labor.

The community will contribute additional funds from reserves from the health center’s annual budget.

Project Impact
This project will benefit the 20,000+ residents of 21 villages who use the services of the Kandieng Reay Health Center.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
This project will be implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Christin Spoolstra, who is serving as a third-year volunteer.

Christin previously completed the Kandieng Reay Health Center Bathroom Project - Cambodia and the Hun Sen Prosaut High School Water Project - Cambodia.

Monitoring and Maintenance
Health center staff will monitor the effectiveness of the water supply system, maintain its security and functionality, and perform all necessary repairs.

Comments
This is a necessary and cost-effective method for providing water for all patient needs, leading to improved patient outcomes while contributing to an improved work environment for the 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 as part of the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia.

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

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Hope For Happiness School and the Cambodian Weaving Village Angtasom Water Project - Cambodia

Hope For Happiness School and the Cambodian Weaving Village Angtasom Water Project - Cambodia

Location
Angtasom, Tram Kak District, Takeo Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Hope For Happiness School and the Cambodian Weaving Village Angtasom Water Project - CambodiaAngtasom is a town in Cambodia along National Road 3, halfway between the popular tourist destinations of Phnom Penh and Kampot. Because of the town’s location and relative ease of transportation, it has become a destination for visitors who are looking to experience Cambodia in its true sense.

Siphen Meas has been running a homestay and private English class out of her house for many years with the support of various NGOs. She and her partners have recently built a new classroom as well as a work space for another project, the Cambodian Weaving Village (CWV).

CWV started with 8 women, training them on traditional Khmer weaving. The objective of the weaving center is to empower unemployed women to generate income for themselves and their families.

Problem Addressed
During the dry season, the school and work space do not have sufficient water for drinking, watering the gardens, and keeping the bathrooms sanitary.

Project Description
This project is to expand the water storage capacity at the Hope for Happiness School and Cambodian Weaving Village by installing a 5,000- liter water storage tank and the necessary piping, collection system, and hardware.

The implementation was planned with, and will be managed by, Siphen Meas and her husband.

Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including the plastic storage tank, piping, and hardware, and to pay for skilled labor to do the construction.

Unskilled labor, including transportation and preparing the site, will be provided by the school staff and a few community members who have agreed to donate their time to the project.

On site there is already a concrete ring built upon which the storage tank will be placed.

CWV will provide additional labor costs for the construction.

Project Impact
45 students, 3 teachers, 10 families, and all the visitors to the school and weaving village will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
This project will be implemented under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Stewart Mills, who served in Cambodia from 2011 to 2013, and Stacy Biggs, a presently serving Volunteer.

Monitoring and Maintenance
Siphen Meas and CWV will maintain the project in collaboration with the then-serving PCVs in the community.

Comments
Water collected during the rainy season will be available for use during the dry season. This will improve the health and wellbeing of the participants and their families and improve the potential for economic gain from the products they produce.

It is anticipated that the project will lead to future needed improvements to support the work of the school.

This project has been funded by WHOLE WORLD Water as part of the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia.

The 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.

 

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

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