Bay Damram Keaut Primary school is located in Bay Damram Keaut village, Bay Damram commune, Banan district, Battambang province. It’s 14 km from Banan’s district capital. The school has older wooden buildings and a new concrete building built in 2004. There are 352 children attending the school.
State of the school before the conversion
Water resources, incl. WaSH
The school is connected to the village water system and also has two RRH systems with a combined rainwater storage capacity of 8m3. There are two latrine buildings containing a total of six toilets. There are two broken handwashing sinks.
Drinking water is never provided to the children. In the rainy season, rainwater is the primary water source for latrine use and cleaning, as well as for washing hands. However, storage capacity is not enough, resulting in the school having to purchase water from the village water supply system. The only water source in the dry season is purchased water from the village water system.
Comment: This school doesn’t provide drinking water to the students they just encourage them to bring from home. Children share a small bucket in each classroom that is filled with contaminated water.
Condition of the latrines
There are two latrine buildings at the school containing a total of six toilets. The structures are in good condition and the toilets kept reasonably clean.
There are garbage cans outside the door of each classroom and additional receptacles spread across the school grounds, but not enough. Generally speaking, the school grounds appear reasonably clean. Garbage is burned in a small incinerator behind the main school building. There is a lot of garbage around this incinerator, suggesting that garbage is not burned everyday.
General condition of the school (cleanliness / maintenance)
There are duty rosters for latrine cleaning and garbage collection only. However, the classrooms, school grounds and latrines seem well taken care of, with the exception of garbage buildup near the incinerator.
Upgrading the school
In May 2018, a WASH (Water Sanitation Hygiene) project was launched. This project is a joint initiative of: Bareebo Organization (Bareebo), a non-profit organization in Cambodia, 3M, Aileen Wichmannand Kleine Hilfsaktion e.V., a German non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged and / or underserved population groups in Cambodia. Only through the financial commitment of 3M andAileen Wichmann the disastrous conditions were able to be eliminated. By financing the WASH at the Bay Damram Keaut Primary School, countless diseases will be avoided in the future, and the children will have a chance for education, the only way out of the vicious circle of (educational) poverty.
- Rainwater collector, including foundation and rainwater delivery system: 12 pcs. with 4,000 l each
- Bio-Sand-Filter (BSF): 10 pcs.
- Hand washing stations: 4 pcs.
- Latrine (1 toilet): 0 pcs.
- Project organization and planning
- WASH use and maintenance
- Waste Management in cooperation with Plastic Free Cambodia
Student Group Formation & Training
We collecting smart student from each level of class to form them to become Youth Club and let them understand:
- How to leading group
- How to do teamwork
- How to set Washing Activities in their school
- How to share knowledge to the others
- How to report their activity.
All drinking water will be tested to ensure that the drinking water is safe and clean
Monitoring & Evaluation
Cost per capita / child for an effective, long-lasting and sustainable implementation of
basic living conditions 33,37 €
Date: September 13, 2017
Condition of the school after upgrading
With a total budget of € 11,387.00 the hygienic learning and working conditions for 352 pupils, 13 teachers and other employees of the school were improved effectively, over a long period of time and in a sustainable manner.
The health risks are thus significantly minimized and the number of diarrhoea diseases caused by poor sanitary conditions, impure drinking water and lack of hygiene are drastically reduced. The WASH project of the Bay Damram Keaut Primary School was implemented on budget and all given goals were achieved. The quality and quantity of the installed WASH infrastructure and technologies are continuously checked by the local organization Bareebo, the partner of the Kleine Hilfsaktion.
Date: March 19, 19
Project coordinates: 12.993806, 103.163278
Emergence and meaningfulness – WaSH (water sanitary hygiene) project
During our trip in January / February 2013, we became aware of the disastrous conditions of a school near Banan. There is no drinking water, no hand washing facility and no toilet. The children are forced to releive themselves in the bushes behind the school. It is not hard to imagine which health dangers emanate from this condition.
When Bong and I visit the school together with our team, we ask the children who would like to have something to drink. About 30% of the small children have some water, bottled in an old plastic bottle, cloudy and unimaginably dirty. When a little girl proudly pulls out her bottle to drink from it, I suddenly feel the need to knock the bottle out of her hands. It brings tears to my face, especially as I myself have a little daughter at home. The idea that she would have to drink this broth and then make her emergency (95% diarrhea) behind the school, all without toilet paper and without the option to wash your hands …. this idea will not leave my mind for days.
We had to work out a plan of how we could change this. Back in Germany, I had the opportunity to present this project to the Rotary Club „Willich“. My listeners quickly realized that with little money, many children can be sustainably helped. The projects are sustainable, effective and almost unbeatable in relation to the budget needed and the quality / quantity of the aid. We are building a pilot project and one of our most successful programs has its origins: WASH.
Today, four years later, in cooperation with the two Austrian organizations „Wasser-für-die-Welt“ and „Last-Hope“, the Rotary Clubs „Willich“ and “Neuss”, we have launched the „moeglichkeitenschenken“ initiative Partner agency „springer f3“ and, of course, our partner organization „Bareebo“ has already converted 21 schools and thus helped around 3,000 children.
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