Over the last quarter, we have been developing our hygiene kit which aims to provide all of our students in Kampong Cham with a toothbrush, toothpaste and soap.
This last quarter we have been developing our hygiene initiative to launch in the beginning of 2019.
Having researched barriers the community of Kampong Cham face when attempting to access education or skilled employment, one barrier is access to basic healthcare. Included in this, is access to affordable healthcare equipment such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Accompanied by the diabetes epidemic, and lax sugar restrictions in Cambodia, students become unable to maintain good hygiene standards and face costly dental treatment or discrimination when seeking job opportunities due to poor dental hygiene.
In order to tackle this, we have been developing a project to provide each student we teach a hygiene kit comprising of a bar of soap, toothpaste and toothbrush. We will also be working with our National Scholar to conduct workshops raising awareness about the importance of toothbrushing and hand washing. Finally, we will be training local leaders- led by our National Scholar Kimyi Yong, to conduct surveys in order to understand the impact of this project, and if these hygiene kits are used daily.
To begin our initiative, we have planned a fundraiser for January 2019. This will be in order to collect vital funds that the GVI Trust can utilise to purchase a hygiene kit for every student. We plan to engage local businesses who can donate products to The GVI Trust as well as organisations internationally.
We aim to raise approximately $600 to ensure we can replace toothbrushes that are worn, and replenish toothpaste and soap as it is used. We will also conduct regular fundraising to ensure that we can continue to support this initiative.
We are excited to expand our outreach by working on issues pertaining to health and well-being. Moving forward, we are interested in providing more healthcare workshops to ensure our students and their families have access to medical treatment and preventative measures to non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, or communicable diseases such as dengue fever- both prevalent in Cambodia.