Jom Jang Community Center Sinks Project – Thailand

Jom Jang Village, Tumbon See Gaai, Amphur Muang Nong Khai, Nong Khai
Province, Thailand

Community Description
Jom Jang village is located on the banks of the Mekong River, approximately
18 kilometers east of the provincial capital of Nong Khai, Nong Khai
Province, Thailand. The majority of the village residents are farmers and fishermen, earning their living from the land and river.

Jom Jang has two community income-generating groups consisting mostly of local women farmers. Both groups share approximately 48 members. Ms. Yun Surisa heads the village women’s group and Ms. Kulab Pengsaka heads the village’s Home Stay group.

The two groups have enjoyed a certain amount of success, which in turn has resulted in some provincial and local government groups visiting the village’s community center. On a typical day, it is not uncommon for the village to have numerous groups visit.

Both income-generating groups work together to prepare for their guests. They cook meals, prepare the area for the traditional Thai dancing and set up tables to display their local food products. If the guests are spending the night, they further prepare their homes for the guests’ arrival.

The groups now wash dishes in an open area using water from the community water supply. Dishes from events are carried to the open location in large plastic containers where group members squat to wash and rinse the dishes on the ground. As the groups have nowhere to dry the dishes, they are dried in the same open area on the ground

Project Description
This project will provide a small covered area containing a set of sinks for the purpose of washing, rinsing and drying dishes.

The area will be covered by a roof and built with a concrete slab. As a result, the groups can set, wash and dry the dishes in a covered area, free of dirt, insects, bugs or small animals.

The covered area, concrete slab and sinks will be built per the plans prepared by an engineer of the local government who donated her time assessing the area and preparing the design plans and budget.

In addition, many group members, government workers and villagers will be donating their time to assist builders in implementing the project.

Project Impact
In addition to directly benefiting approximately 24 members of the women’s group, this project will help ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness for the hundreds, if not thousands, of yearly visitors that have lunch, dinner or breakfast in the village.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jeremy Johnson

This project improves the sanitation at a heavily-used public facility. It is a simple solution that will have a big impact for a small budget. The cleanliness of the dishes and utensils will be maintained, resulting in an improvement of the public health of the community.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the Gayle Blakeney, of Pacific Palisades, CA, USA.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Jeremy Johnson of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund projects of other PCVs in the country of service.

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