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The Footprints funding for two Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in Cambodia focused on specific objectives around schools and gender justice in Kratie and Preah Vihear districts.
1. Better sanitation and hygiene through WASH facilities constructed, repaired and/or upgraded.
Hand washing units were built at 10 schools and 3 health centres.
Gender sensitive latrines were built in 10 schools to assist girls in attending school school throughout their monthly period.
25 communities gained access to improved water supply through existing installations repaired and new hand pumps built.
2. Changing children’s hygiene and health behaviours and taking that knowledge from school into the home .
Support was sought from school teachers in 19 target schools who then selected 85 peer students (68 girls) and 26 peer teachers (19 women) in Preah Vihea, and 50 peer students (30 girls) and 10 peer teachers (2 women) in Kratie.
Oxfam observed that students have changed hygiene behaviour by washing hands often.
Health staff have reported that the rates of WASH related disease have significantly decreased since the project started, and people are now going to hospital when they get sick, instead of praying at home.
After hygiene training, peer teachers have continued disseminating that knowledge to students and other teachers.
Additionally, 70 % of peer students reported that they have shared their knowledge to their friends and family.
3. Empower women by providing grants, tools and training to women’s groups to create their own WASH projects in their communities.
Members of the Women Wash Platforms (WWP) and Village Health Promoters visited a Latrine business where they learned about a new technique to produce lower cost latrines.
28 Women Wash Platform members participated in training on hygiene promotion, small proposal writing and book keeping.
Meetings were held in 16 villages of the Thmey and Sandan communes (Kratie province), to encourage women to to share health-related experiences and WASH practices.
These project activities are creating confident women who have strong facilitation skills and can talk about their WASH related problems in public and their own communities.
Women Wash Platform members fully participated in designing a start up plan for a latrine business and took the lead in developing small grant proposals.
In Kratie province, gender roles at the household level of women Village Health promoters have notably changed. Their husbands are starting to help their spouse on household work such as cooking and taking care of the small children.
The commune councils and the district governors from the target districts supported the project by providing land for building the safe drinking water stations.
Local communities made contributions of their own cash and labour for construction works.
Photo: a community WASH meeting
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