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These boys are  helping move the new tank and stand into position at Porpel Primary School. Image: Narith

purpose and aim

The purpose of the running water project is to address the need for increased sanitation in schools in the province of Kampong Thom, Cambodia.

By increasing sanitation for all staff and students, there is likely to be an increase in positive educational outcomes.

Improved sanitation, particularly running water in toilets and hand washing, increases the likelihood that girls at puberty will attend school more frequently.

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The school community are always very involved in delivering the projects. Images: Thy

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In combination these three goals can impact an individual’s capacity to escape poverty.

The running water project is grounded in the notion of human equity which is concerned with the dissolution of gendered, racial and colonial frameworks, It takes its lead from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:  

our core interventions are framed by Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Menstrual Health Management (MHM) and inclusion solutions to reduce toilet ratios and increase school attendance for all students and teachers

the projects we do

Thy and Narith, in consultation with the school principals and community chiefs, decide the projects and the schools we work with. The success of running water infrastructure in each school is dependent on the engagement of the principal and school community. 


Projects and funding are split over new builds, renovations and ongoing maintenace. All materials and labour are sourced locally and all works are undertaken by local trades.  

Thy talking to the Community Chief, Vice Principal and Principal, at Boepung Primary School. Image: Susie

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