Russie Ro Primary school is located in Slab Pang village, Ta Kream commune, Banan district, Battambang province. It’s 55km from Banan’s district capital. The concrete school building was built in 2012 and the wooden school building is much older. There are 258 children attending the school.
State of the school before the conversion
Water resources, incl. WaSH
The school has rainwater storage capacity of 10m3, a single latrine building containing 4 toilets and a garbage incinerator
Drinking water is never provided to the children. In the rainy season, water from 2 RRH tanks (5m3 each) is the primary water source for latrine use and cleaning, as well as for handwashing. However, when this water is not enough, pond water is used both for the latrine and handwashing. It takes 30 minutes to collect this water. For most of the dry season the only water source in the pond, used for latrine use and cleaning, and for hand washing.
Condition of the latrines
There is 1 concrete latrine building containing 4 toilets. The building is in good condition. However, the toilets are not kept very clean or maintained well. Additionally, the toilets are often not being used due to there not being enough water.
In spite of there being garbage bins in each classroom, garbage receptacles on the school grounds and a garbage collection roster being used, there is still too much garbage on the school grounds and the area where the garbage is burned, roughly 20m from the school, is not well maintained. On the positive side, garbage is burned at 5pm, after the children have gone home.
General condition of the school (cleanliness / maintenance)
With duty rosters for latrine cleaning and garbage collection, enough garbage containers and a good garbage incinerator, the school’s WASH system is not well maintained. The two RRH cisterns, however, appear to be used and maintained correctly.
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, fundriding-team 02/2018and 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 fundriding-team 02/2018 the disastrous conditions were able to be eliminated. By financing the WASH at the Russen Ro 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: 10 pcs. with 4,000 l each
- Bio-Sand-Filter (BSF): 6 pcs.
- Hand washing stations: 2 pcs.
- Latrine (1 toilet): 2 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 40,31 €
Date: September 12, 2017
Condition of the school after upgrading
With a total budget of € 10,266.50, the hygienic learning and working conditions for 258 pupils, eleven 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 Russei Ro 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 11, 19
Project coordinates: 13.024778, 102.870222
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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