Prey K'Cheeay Primary and Lower Secondary School Latrine Project – Cambodia

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Prey K’Cheeay village, Chum Kiri district, Kampot Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Chum Kiri was founded in 1993, and is the newest and poorest district in the southern province of Kampot. It was one of the first areas captured by Khmer Rouge forces in the early 1970s and Pol Pot’s followers did not concede defeat in the area until 1998.

In the 25-plus years that the Khmer Rouge were in control, all schools were closed. Since the area was re-integrated, a high school, 2 lower secondary schools, and 14 primary schools have been built, but due to the prolonged hostilities in the region, development has been extraordinarily slow compared to other districts in Kampot province.

Chum Kiri is located 40 km from Kampot town, 150 km from Phnom Penh, and 12 km from National Highway 3. The majority of families survive on subsistence agriculture and, until recently, few had ventured outside of the district due to the decrepit road conditions.

Within the past 18 months, two major road projects have dramatically increased access to the district. With this new access, the district is seeing an influx of new residents and schools are seeing an increased enrollment.

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Prey K’Cheeay Primary and Lower Secondary School currently has 710 students (480 primary, 230 lower secondary) enrolled, and this is expected to increase 10% annually.

Currently, Prey K’Cheeay Primary and Lower Secondary School’s students and staff have a latrine building with 4 toilets to serve the entire population.

Project Description
This project is to expand the sanitation capacity at the school by adding an annex with two more toilets to the existing facility.

Construction will be done by the same contractor who built previous latrine projects funded by Water Charity at Ang Chak High School and Angmotreysatram Primary School.

The latrine annex will be constructed of stuccoed 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 well 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, will be completed by the staff at the school, and by local villagers. Brick and stonework will be performed by skilled concrete workers who will be paid using Water Charity 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
733 people will benefit from the project, including 710 students and 23 school staff.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Bruce Kelsey

This is a necessary and important infrastructure project for the school.

Bruce previously completed the Hun Sen Ang Chak High School Latrine Project – Cambodia, the Samarky Primary School Well Project – Cambodia, the Angmotreysatram Primary School Latrine Project – Cambodia, the Ang Chak High School Well Project – Cambodia.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00 + additional funds

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Timothy Tarbox, of Russellville, AR, with the help of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Bruce Kelsey, with additional funds donated for future projects.

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.