Project Description

Peak Sbeak Primary School

School history

Peak Sbeak Primary school is located in Peak Sbeak village, Snoeng commune, Banan district, Battambang province. It’s 23km from Banan’s district capital.  The concrete school was built in 2010.  There are 207 children attending the school.

State of the school before the conversion

Power supply


Water resources, incl. WaSH

There is a broken (fixed many times but not working) 10ms RRH, an onsite pond and a nearby canal. The school also provides 20L of bought purified water on many days. There is a single latrine building containing 2 toilets.

On most days the school provides 20L of bought pure drinking water. In both the rainy and dry seasons, the only water sources are a pond and nearby canal, which are mostly used for latrine use and cleaning and handwashing, but the cost of pumping the water to the school and the fact that the water is very dirty, means that these are not good water sources for a school. Most of the water used in the school’s WASH facilities is bought from tank trucks. For most of the dry season the school has very little water, resulting in the latrines not being used or maintained.

Condition of the latrines

There is 1 latrine building containing 4 toilets. The building is in good condition, but the general cleaning and maintenance needs to improve. The latrine is not in use much of the year due to lack of water.

Waste Management

There are garbage bins in each of the classrooms and in front of some of the classrooms. There are no garbage receptacles on the school grounds, but the school grounds are clean and well cared for. The garbage is burned in an open pit around 50m from the school. It is burned at 5pm, when the children have gone home for the day.

General condition of the school (cleanliness / maintenance)

There are duty rosters for cleaning the latrine and for garbage collection. The latrines are only cleaned once a week, which appears not to be enough. The garbage is collected daily, which shows in the clean classrooms and schoolyard.

Upgrading the school

Noritisetha Primary School

History of the school

The Noritisetha Primary School is located in Kandieng, Pursat Province. The school is 29 km from the centre of Pursat. Access to the school is via a dirt road – dust inhaled by the children during school hours. 59 pupils (26 girls) attend pre-school and 573 attend primary school. Of the 573 pupils, 270 are girls. Classes take place in the morning in four buildings. All four buildings are stable in terms of their structure.

Condition of the school before the renovation

Power supply


Existing water resources and their use

A deep well with an electric pump is available. Unfortunately this well water is not suitable as drinking water. The water is acidic and has a high iron and manganese content. This rusty water is not only unsuitable for human consumption, but also damages the systems. At present, this rusty groundwater is collected in two concrete tanks with a capacity of 4,000 litres each and various rain barrels and used exclusively for the toilets and as cleaning water.

There are no hand washing stations at the school.

The drinking water has to be bought additionally. The pupils contribute 200 Riel each month to the costs for drinking water and electricity, which is mainly used for the electric well pump.

Condition of the latrines

Two toilet buildings with two toilets each are available. One toilet building was built by the government in 2008, a joke for about 600 students. Only eight years later a second toilet building was added by Unicef. Toilet buildings without access to water make little sense, of course. The rusty groundwater has severely clogged the buildings and the pipes, nothing works anymore.

Waste management

There are garbage cans in every classroom and there is no garbage on the floor. The school grounds are well maintained. There is no garbage disposal system. The garbage is collected on a heap behind the school and burned. Depending on the direction of the wind, the smoke is drawn directly or indirectly into the school.

General condition of the school (cleanliness / maintenance work)

There are alternating pupils responsible for the cleaning of the latrines, as well as for the garbage collection. Unfortunately there is no training in the field of water/hygiene/environment. Therefore the latrines are cleaned and the garbage is disposed. There is simply a lack of understanding and knowledge.

Conversion of the school


The WaSH plant will be operated with rainwater in the future.

  • Rainwater collection tank, incl. foundation and pipes: 1 pcs. with 35,000 l
  • professional cleaning and repair of the existing two toilet houses and the rainwater collection tank
  • new: a latrine house; the buildings are divided into girls and boys. The standard according to the Ministry of Education & Sport is one toilet per 50 girls and one toilet per 100 boys. We also install urinals for the boys and all the toilet buildings will be equipped with access for disabled children.
  • Various hand washing stations will be installed in front of the toilets and at the entrance of the school.
  • To protect the pupils from dust, several trees will be planted at the entrance to the school and the used water will be used to irrigate the plants.

Teacher training

  • Project organization and planning
  • Handling and maintenance of the WASH system
  • Day4Girls workshop for girls over the age of twelve. The girls will be informed and trained about puberty, the associated changes in the body and necessary hygiene measures.
  • Teaching units in the areas of hygiene, environment, drinking water implemented

Water Analysis

Testing of drinking water quality

Monitoring & Evaluation

Cost per capita / child for an effective, long-lasting and sustainable implementation of
basic living conditions 51,93 €.

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.

Talk to us and become a development worker. We have schools that fit into your budget and you can help there effectively, concretely and sustainably.

Project coordinates: 12.975472, 103.025778

Date: November 09, 2017


Status: Sponsors wanted!
Budget: 10.750 €