Dom Dek High School Handwashing Station Project – Cambodia

Dom Dek Village and Commune, Saut Nikum District, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Dom Dek is located about 30 km outside of Siem Reap town, along the main highway. There are just over 100,000 people in the larger commune area, most of whom work as farmers.

Despite being so close to the Angkor Wat Temples, the main tourist attraction in Cambodia, little tourism money leaves the main town of Siem Reap and the province remains among the poorest in the country.

Dom Dek High School is a large school serving the students from many surrounding villages. Many of the buildings are run-down, and few have electricity.

More than 2,000 students attend the school. Because there is limited space, upper secondary students study in the morning from 7:00 am until noon and lower secondary students study in the afternoon from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

The school is equipped with a pump well and one small water holding tank. However, the tank is not big enough to supply water to the bathrooms for the whole year and the pond that students also use as a water source dries up quickly after the rainy season ends.

There are 12 bathroom stalls total, with squat toilets. Four stalls are reserved for teachers and eight are used by students. Outside of school hours, community members often come to the school to use the facilities. Without water, they are often left in terrible conditions.

Currently, the school is preparing to repair the bathrooms, add another water holding tank, and tap into the town’s water distribution lines to for water for the bathrooms.

Project Description
This project is to build two handwashing stations for the two student bathrooms to enable good hygienic practices. The project will complement the school project to repair the bathrooms.

Each station will have two faucets and will be connected to the school water system.

The work will be directed by an experienced builder, who will lead the volunteer construction crew of teachers and students.

Project Impact
2,000+ students who attend Dom Dek Upper and Lower Secondary school, as well as the teachers and staff at the school, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Meagan Gordon

This project will reduce illness and disease by allowing students and staff to wash their hands after using the bathroom. It keeps the cost down by being implemented at the same time as the overall bathroom renovation program.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date
$300 + additional amounts for future projects

Dollar Amount Needed

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Meagan Gordon.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Meagan of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Meagan and/or those of other PCVs in Cambodia.

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