Phnom Khpos Arrupe Primary School

School history

Phnom Khpos Arrupe Primary school is located in Ta Nhaen village, Ta Kream commune, Banan district, Battambang province. It’s 35 km from Banan’s district capital. The single concrete school building was made in 2011. There are 174 children attending the school.

State of the school before the conversion

Power supply

Water resources, incl. WaSH

There are three 1m3 Thai rainwater storage tanks, but they are not connected to a rainwater delivery system. There is also a pump well, along with a single latrine building with 2 toilets. There is an old ceramic water filter that purifies about 20 l of water a day, but it is old and the water quality is not good. In both the rainy and dry seasons a pump well is the primary water source, but there is not enough water for drinking or proper handwashing. Additionally, the latrines are not usable when the water supply is empty.

Comment: Buckets of contaminated water are placed in the classrooms for the children to wash their hands in.

Condition of the latrines

There is 1 latrine building with 2 pour flush  toilets. The latrine structure and elements are both in good condition, and the latrine appears to be kept clean. However, there are not enough latrines at the school and not enough water for using the existing latrine.

Waste Management

There are garbage bins in each classroom and on the school grounds. That said, the playground looks well maintained and clean. Garbage is collected and piled on the ground 3 m behind the school and burned in the morning and afternoons after the children have stopped studying.

General condition of the school (cleanliness / maintenance)

The only duty rosters posted were for latrine cleaning and garbage collection.  However, the school looked clean and well cared for.

Upgrading the school

Planned Measures

  • Rainwater collector, including foundation and rainwater delivery system: 8 pcs. with 4,000 l each
  • Bio-Sand-Filter (BSF): 4 pcs.
  • Hand washing stations: 2 pcs.
  • Latrine (1 toilet): 2 pcs.

Teacher training

  • 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.

Water analysis
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 52,84 €.

Date: September 12, 2017

Detailed project costs

Number of Item Item Costs in €
1 6x 4,000 Liter RRH Cistern (€ 360,- each) € 2.160,-
2 6x RRH Base (€ 150,- each) € 900,-
3 Rainwater Delivery System € 300,-
4 2x Handwashing Station (€ 550,- each) € 1.100,-
5 4x Water Filter (€ 75,- each) € 300,-
6 6x Education Materials (€ 2,- each) € 12,-
7 2x Teacher Training (€ 50,- each) € 100,-
8 5x Student Group Formation & Training (€ 20,- each) € 100,-
9 Pass On Ceremony € 32,-
10 4x Water Testing 1 RRH/WF (€ 15,- each) € 60,-
11 Monitoring & Evulation (€ 50,- each) € 50,-
12 Administration costs  Bareebo & kHA (15 %) € 767,-
Costs in Total € 5.881,-


 Exchanging rate March 19, 2019:

1 USD = 0,88 EUR

Condition of the school after upgrading

With a total budget of € 5,881 the hygienic learning and working conditions for 114 pupils, four 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 Phnom Khpos Arrupe 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: 13.045056, 102.977556

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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Status: Project completed
Budget: 5.881 €
Sponsor: springer f3, moeglichkeitenschenken

Condition of the school before upgrading

Condition of the school during and after upgrading