Conclusion of Phnom Kravanh Health Center Latrine Project – Cambodia

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Tysor Anderson.

To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to build a latrine facility to serve the maternity ward of the health center.

Tysor reports:

The Phnom Kravanh Health Center Latrine Project was a huge success. The latrine structure was built by a local construction company using materials from local vendors in Phnom Kravanh district. A couple of Khmer holidays coincided with the building process so construction took about two weeks longer than expected but the end results were excellent.

They started work digging holes for the septic tanks and mixing cement for the foundation. They ran pipes from the water source to the foundation. After the foundation was laid and the septic tanks were installed they spent a couple of days laying bricks. This was a slow and laborious process. Once the brick structure was complete they put a concrete layer around the bricks and painted that layer after it dried. The roof went on after the painting was finished and it started to look like a bathroom.

Next came the plumbing. The water pipes were connected to the pipes running to the cisterns and the latrines were connected to the septic tanks. After the plumbing was installed they laid tile down inside the bathroom and put the finishing aesthetic touches on the structure. Doors were installed last and the latrines were ready for use.

This new latrine is used every day by patients and staff in the maternity ward at Phnom Kravanh Health Center. The walk for pregnant mothers has been cut down significantly. They now have an accessible, clean bathroom and wash area. The health center director commented upon the project’s completion, “This new bathroom is very helpful to all our staff and patients. It makes our job and their stay easier and more comfortable.”

Appropriate Projects, thank you for your support of this project. It addressed a need for this health center and this community.

We are grateful to Tysor for completing this project, and again extend our thanks to the Elmo Foundation for providing the major funding and to Tysor’s friends and family for providing additional amounts.