Thursday, November 21, 2013

Commune improves sanitation and hygiene for all families

Mr. Keo Kay (right) says his family is much healthier since they started using a latrine.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Hun Sovadhanak

In the remote rural village of Damnak Kantuot in Thmey commune, Preah Vihear province (in northern Cambodia)   open defecation used to be the norm and contributed to regular bouts of illness in the community, especially among children. But things improved greatly after 2011 when members of the Commune Council received a UNICEF-supported orientation on how to identify critical social service issues for attention.  After deciding that water, sanitation and hygiene would be their priority, the Commune Council made improvements using its annual government budget and the ‘social service envelope’: additional funding from UNICEF, made possible with contributions from the Australian Committee for UNICEF.

Dedicated community preschool teacher boosts attendance and makes early learning fun

Preschool students giggle and shout, “hoot-hoot,” as they join in with a folk-tale about animals narrated by their teacher Ms. Chap Chandy.  For the 25 children at the Kwan village community preschool in Kampong Speu province, stories with actions and sound-effects that they can imitate are fun and memorable especially when learning about values like honesty, sharing, and perseverance.
Community preschool teacher, Ms. Chap Chandy tells a story about forest animals to her students in Kamong Speu province.
© UNICEF Cambodia/ 2013/ Charmaine Gaa

From Slum to School

In the urban settlement of Chbar Ampov, on the banks of the Bassac river in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, this young girl lives with her family in a basic one room corrugated iron home, without proper sanitation or access to safe water. She is confronted with many daily challenges from health, safety, malnutrition, education and overall development.

In Chbar Ampov, 60 per cent of children live in extreme poverty. The river next to the community is full of trash which makes the water unusable. The area where children play is also full of garbage. Entire families live in single rooms in close proximity to their neighbours.

By Mary Einbinder