Kouk Srok is one of the poorest communities in the Prasat Bakong District in Cambodia with 1300 inhabitants. Initially, we help to fund and erect toilets, houses and schools, but the main focus is on training the locals with our own Khmer staff, who orginially had a disadvantaged background themselves. Hygiene training, English training for teachers, sanitary training for mothers, repair training for villagers or community initiatives are examplary works to improve community life.
Kouk Srok is one of the poorest communities in Cambodia based on available data for illiteracy rates, hygiene, school attendance and economic activity. Therefore, the current 1300 inhabitants are in desperate need of housing, education, sanitary facilities as well as trainings for hygiene and on how to maintain the erected facilities.
There was no lack of attempts by foreign NGOs to help progress this area. We have chosen a different approach which we call 'seeding'. We lift three to four people out of poverty and then train them as coaches to help their neighbours . A lot of our work is monitoring, revisiting, correcting, advising and training the people until they can help themselves. Our staff is mission critical and UAC invests in its people's qualification. This way, we hope to bring sustainable progress to Kouk Srok.
By using mentioned approaches, the illiteracy rate should be moved from >50% to 0% among the 1300 inhabitants of Kouk Srok. Moreover, school attendance of primary school students should be moved up to 100% and a better chance for secondary school education needs to be given. The final goal of UAC working in this community is to establish a village life that is based on communal self-assembly.