Hun Sen Ang Chak High School Latrine Project – Cambodia

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Chum Kiri district, Kampot province, Cambodia

Community Description
Chum Kiri, founded in 1993, is the newest and poorest district in the southern province of Kampot. Khmer Rouge forces did not concede defeat in this area until as late as 1998. Due to the prolonged hostilities in the region, development has been extraordinarily slow compared to other districts in Kampot province.

Located 45 kilometers from the provincial capitoI and 12 km from the nearest highway, the majority of families survive on subsistence agriculture and few venture outside of the district due to the decrepit road conditions.

The district town has a high school that was completed in 2002. Since its completion, Hun Sen Ang Chak Upper Secondary School has grown in size and teaching capability. Currently, the school serves 1,645 students from the 7 communes and 37 villages within the district. In nine years, it has achieved the ranking of third-best high school in all of Kampot province and is staffed by young, progressive, and dedicated faculty.

The sanitary facilities for the students are inadequate. The current female toilets are located adjacent to those of the males, and many females refuse to use them because of their proximity. This causes them to skip class and return to their own homes when they need to use the toilet.

Project Description
This project is to build two toilets, designated for female use only, at the school.

The two new squat toilets will be located in a stand-alone building, which will be constructed of brick with a metal roof. Water will primarily be provided by cisterns that will catch the rain runoff, supplemented by water from the school’s two wells when needed.

The toilets will be of the standard concrete vault type that is used throughout rural Cambodia.

Unskilled labor, such as digging the pit, and most carpentry, will be completed by the staff and students at the school. Concrete work will be performed by skilled concrete workers who will be paid using Appropriate Projects funds.

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Project funds will also be used to purchase the needed concrete, bricks, doors, toilet basins, roofing, and other materials.

Project Impact
1,702 people will benefit from the project, including 1645 students (grades 7 to 12) and 57 staff members.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Bruce Kelsey

The new toilets will better accommodate a large number of students. With designated female facilities the crowded conditions, as well as female truancy, will be reduced.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00 + additional amounts

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded by members of, with additional funds from the Elmo Foundation for future projects in the country.

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.