Here’s the latest about our work in Cambodia!
Two major things are happening right now: wrapping up our needs assessment and preparing to launch our hygiene education program.
Our Country Manager Mony (also the new proud father of a beautiful little girl—congrats!) has conducted in-person assessment interviews with 55 of our 58 sites since March—an amazing feat in and of itself. With all this information, we have been able to start vetting sites and create a more concrete budget for this project. Fifteen sites have agreed to a new water station, which will go a long way toward putting clean water to good use! Eight of the fifteen sites are contributing their own funds to help with construction—a huge commitment for them and an incredible investment in long-term sustainability. We can’t emphasize enough how it is the partnership aspect of our model that determines the success of our projects far more than any water purification technology.
We are also very excited about a potential partnership with Cooperation for Sustainable Cambodian Society (CSCS) for hygiene education. CSCS came highly recommended to us by PLAN international, with whom they have partnered for over five years doing hygiene education at schools. Rather than re-invent the wheel, we have put together a request for proposal (RFP) to work with CSCS and launch hygiene education programs at five sites (three schools, one school/orphanage, and one orphanage) where we already provide clean water.
CSCS is extremely thorough and their hygiene curriculum and trainings involve every level of school government, from education ministry officers to administrators, teachers, and parents—which is critical to the success of the programs (it can’t just be for kids or it will fail!). Regardless of how the proposal works out (and we are highly optimistic it will), they will be a great resource. Our goal is to hire our own in-country Hygiene Coordinator by September who will be supervised by Mony and work in parallel with CSCS. Together, we aim to develop our own hygiene education program once the pilot programs are established. We are waiting to hear back from CSCS on timeline and budget.
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