Soramarith secondary school in Kampong Chhnang Province is the site of the first EMW Clean Water and Sanitation Project in Cambodia. Located 90 km east of Phnom Penh, with a population of just under 600,000 people, it is one of the poorest provinces.

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Narrative

The first step in the implementation phase was building support within the community and local government in order to ensure successful installment and sustainability of the water and sanitation project. EMW gained full support from both the Provincial Education Department and Soramarith secondary school. The school director is committed to maintaining the water and sanitation system in the school after the handover from EMW.

During the month of February open bidding was held for the installation of the water and sanitation system. Work contracts were signed between EMW and two companies – one for general construction and one for the solar panel.

Hout Chhoeun Contruction Company (HCHH) was responsible for the general construction, water testing, delivery and installation of water system and providing maintenance for the first year while KAMWORKS delivered and installed the solar panel.

HCHH began their work on the water system on February 26th and KAMWORKS delivered and installed the solar panel on March 10th. The water and sanitation system became operational on March 31, 2011, providing water and sanitation to all students and teachers at Soramarith secondary school.

During the month of March, EMW conducted a series of awareness activities in the school in order to help the beneficiaries understand how to access and sustain the full benefits of clean water and sanitation. At the completion of the awareness activities there was an official joint handover ceremony between Soramarith secondary school and EMW, also attended by the provincial Department of Education.

For more information regarding the project please see the full project report(attached).

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    Danica Kumara ( East Meets West Foundation ) 3 Months after completion 22 Jun, 2011

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  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 31 Mar, 2011 Implementation Phase
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    Danica Kumara ( East Meets West Foundation ) 5 Months after start 26 Feb, 2011

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  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Oct, 2010 Preparation Phase

Soramarith secondary school in Kampong Chhnang Province is the site of the first EMW Clean Water and Sanitation Project in Cambodia. Located 90 km east of Phnom Penh, with a population of just under 600,000 people, it is one of the poorest provinces.

Narrative

The first step in the implementation phase was building support within the community and local government in order to ensure successful installment and sustainability of the water and sanitation project. EMW gained full support from both the Provincial Education Department and Soramarith secondary school. The school director is committed to maintaining the water and sanitation system in the school after the handover from EMW.

During the month of February open bidding was held for the installation of the water and sanitation system. Work contracts were signed between EMW and two companies – one for general construction and one for the solar panel.

Hout Chhoeun Contruction Company (HCHH) was responsible for the general construction, water testing, delivery and installation of water system and providing maintenance for the first year while KAMWORKS delivered and installed the solar panel.

HCHH began their work on the water system on February 26th and KAMWORKS delivered and installed the solar panel on March 10th. The water and sanitation system became operational on March 31, 2011, providing water and sanitation to all students and teachers at Soramarith secondary school.

During the month of March, EMW conducted a series of awareness activities in the school in order to help the beneficiaries understand how to access and sustain the full benefits of clean water and sanitation. At the completion of the awareness activities there was an official joint handover ceremony between Soramarith secondary school and EMW, also attended by the provincial Department of Education.

For more information regarding the project please see the full project report(attached).

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

With the support of the school Director, the Water School Committee trained the staff in the operation and maintenance of the water filtration unit in the school on a day-by-day basis. Teachers and students help to maintain the water system in the school – a very important way to control the quality of the water supply in the school.
One year warranty from HCHH company- April 4, 2011-April 4, 2012. After warranty one year; the school director have plan to conduct meeting with school steering committee for student and teacher contribution 100 riel each person for water system maintenance.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

The safe drinking water project in Soramarith school is the effectiveness project. Safe drinking water is the birthright of all humankind – as much a birthright as clean air. The majority of the world’s population, however, does not have access to safe drinking water. This is certainly true in most parts of Asia. Even in relatively advanced countries such as Cambodia, safe drinking water is not readily available, particularly in rural areas. One reason safe drinking water is of paramount concern is that 75 percent of all diseases in developing countries arise from polluted drinking water. Knowledge about how to make water safe for consumption is rare in most developing countries. We simply must do a better job of raising public awareness and understanding about the nature of the problem and the technologies and strategies that are available to address it.

Learnings

Knowledge of project and process for sharing

Through, Project hand over to Soramarith school, Mr. Nov Sophay, Deputy Director of Provincial Education, Youth and Sports expressing his happiness and acknowledge EMW that donated and supported Soramarith secondary school in providing the safe drinking water system for students and teachers to access good and pure water for daily consumption. The students and teacher very happy for using this safe drinking water and the water steering committee in school strongly support this project.

Impact

People Impacted: 4179

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 4179

4069 children and women in school.

School Children Getting Water: 4000

4179 students and teachers

People Getting Sanitation: 3000

3000 students are participation in school awareness, the main topic of education water sanitation and hygiene.

People Getting Other Benefits: 100

The seller in school and the student in primary school near by also using water system in Soramarith secondary schoo.

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $15000

Creating and measuring long-term impact

With the support of the school Director, the Water School Committee trained the staff in the operation and maintenance of the water filtration unit in the school on a day-by-day basis. Teachers and students help to maintain the water system in the school – a very important way to control the quality of the water supply in the school.
One year warranty from HCHH company- April 4, 2011-April 4, 2012. After warranty one year; the school director have plan to conduct meeting with school steering committee for student and teacher contribution 100 riel each person for water system maintenance.

Implementer: EMW, HCHH and KAMWORK companies.

The East Meets West Foundation (EMW) began working in Cambodia in early 2009, after completing the required paperwork and registering with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. EMW is a nongovernmental international development organization with over 21 years experience in Vietnam developing and implementing programs in health, education and clean water, as well as large infrastructure projects. Working directly with the Ministry of Health, the National Pediatric Hospital and the National Maternal and Child Health Center in Phnom Penh, EMW recently introduced its Breath of Life (BOL) program in Cambodia. Over the next three years, BOL will bring its lifesaving neonatal equipment and training first to the major Phnom Penh hospitals and then to other provinces.

EMW’s Clean Water and Sanitation Program have been building piped community water systems in rural areas of central Vietnam for over ten years. The aim is to enhance the quality of life for people in these areas by increasing access to clean water and improving hygienic and sanitary conditions. Clean water directly piped to people’s homes improves the users’ health conditions, reduces child mortality, and relieves the beneficiaries of the heavy burden of obtaining water from distant or poor quality sources. To enhance the benefits of the water systems and ensure sustainability, EMW provides training for local water managers in operations and maintenance, financial management and community environmental hygiene and sanitation. Partnerships are formed with local authorities and international agencies to share experiences about design, management, operations, maintenance and financing to constantly improve the quality and efficiency of the program.

Kampong Chhnang Province will be the site of the first East Meets West Clean Water and Sanitation Project in Cambodia. Located 90 kilometers east of Phnom Penh, with a population of just under 600,000 people, Kampong Chhnang is one of the poorest of Cambodia’s provinces. At the present time, there are many places in Kampong Chhnang where water supplies are inadequate for everyday life. Within the province, East Meets West Foundation selected the Soramarith School for its first project.

Funding

Funded:
$15,000
Final Cost:
$15,000

Plan/Proposal