Kok Doung / Prek Chdor WASH Project

Kok Doung / Prek Chdor WASH Project

The Rotary Parramatta WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) Project is being conducted in Kok Doung and Prek Chdor Primary Schools to address issues of low student attendance. A Sports program has also been included. (This project integrates with the Ek Phnom Teach the Teacher Project.) Donate
Ek Phnom District, Battambang
Getting to School project
Hygiene and Sport programs
Students; teachers; local community
January 2013
2016-2017
15,000
Commenced

Location

Kok Doung and Prek Chdor Primary Schools are located in Ek Phnom District, Battambang Province, Cambodia.

In-country partner

SeeBeyondBorders Cambodia.

Objectives

To address issues of low student attendance stemming from poor health and low student motivation by (a) improving the availability of sanitation facilities and hygiene training, and (b) increasing student engagement and participation through implementing physical education classes.

New hand washing station
January 2014 - the new handwashing station.

Intended beneficiaries

The students and teaching staff of Kok Doung Primary School and Prek Chdor Primary School, their families and local communities. Other key stakeholders include commune chiefs and elders and District Office of Education staff.

Description of activities

Phase 1
1)  Kok Doung Primary School: Construction of water container and new toilet block.
2)  Prek Chdor Primary School: Repair and completion of toilets
Phase 2
1)  Kok Doung Primary School: Conducting Health and Sports Programs
2)  Prek Chdor Primary School: Conducting Health and Sports Programs

Handwashing demonstration
January 2012 - handwashing demonstration at Kok Doung Primary School

Progress to date

(As at 10/03/2014) Phase 1 is 75% complete.

Budget

Phase 1 - $5,000
Kok Doung Primary School - Water container and toilets - $3,400
Prek Chdor Primary School - Repair and completion of toilets - $1,600
Phase 2 - $10,000

Painting a school building
December 2011 - painting at Prek Chdor Primary School

Comments

This project was inspired by discussions with the school principals that identified the difficulties around water. The decrepit state of the toilets was evident from our early visit to these schools but the problem with water was less evident. In the case of Kok Doung, the community has been particularly concerned about the safety of their children who have had to walk some 300 metres away from the school to get water in the dry season.

We have learned that communities are willing to take steps to adopt better health management processes if they can be taught and encouraged by external programs. We have run demonstration health programs at these schools where community members have become increasingly involved in watching and even demonstrating good practice with regards to hand washing and teeth cleaning.

We are now looking for expert support in first aid to be able to extend the health activities further.

Rohal Soung Lech Primary School

Rohal Soung Lech Primary School

Rohal Sounglech Primary School is a Core school in the district of Ek Phnom. This project aims to improve the capacity of the school to provide quality education in a safe, well-maintained, child-friendly environment. (This Better Schools project links with the Ek Phnom Teach the Teacher project.)
Ek Phnom District, Battambang
Better Schools project
Classroom construction
Students; teachers; local community
August 2012
Partially complete
2,000
Further funding required

Location

Rohal Soung Lech Primary School is located in Ek Phnom district, Battambang Province, Cambodia.

In-country partner

SeeBeyondBorders Cambodia

Objectives

There are 320 children at Rohal Soung Lech school and 8 staff including 5 mentors in the Ek Phnom Teach the Teacher program.  Rohal Soung Lech is the ‘Core’ school in the Rohal Soung Lech cluster and the infrastructure in this cluster is amongst the poorest in the district.

One of the buildings had a heavy tiled roof that was in danger of imminent collapse owing to extensive termite damage to the timber supports.

We wanted to make a relatively low-cost start to helping resuscitate what we can, partly in recognition of the efforts the school and community is making itself to improve education in this area. 

We are developing a health program for this school in a similar manner to what is being done for Bak Rotes, which will be supportive of students’ health and hygiene needs.

Intended beneficiaries

The students and teaching staff of rohal soung Lech Primary School and their families and local communities. Other key stakeholders include commune chiefs and elders and District Office of Education staff.

Description of activities

1)  Repair and refurbishment of classroom building - Completed October 2012
2)  Construction of hand-washing facilities as part of the Health program under development - Ongoing

Progress to date

Partially complete.

Budget

1)  US $10,000 - actual spend $9,566.25
2)  US $2,000 - funding required

Roof damage at Rohal Soung Lech school
Termite damage to the timbers supporting the heavy tiled roof.

New classroom building at Rohal Soung Lech school
Refurbished building, along with a new roof.

Old classroom building at Rohal Soung Lech school
The original classroom building before the badly damaged roof was repaired.