A project of our JOIN member Johanniter Germany aims to help villages to have access to water through a provided piped water system, improving significantly hygiene and sanitation. Together with local partners and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation the project “Cambodia’s improved nutrition and health status of the rural population’ takes place in the northeast provinces of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri through multi-sectoral approach.
Srum Sith has become a member of the newly created latrine committee and received three day training from the project on latrine construction. Now he has taken it upon himself to set up his own social business as a local supplier. This is particularly beneficial for the community due to the remote project areas and scarcity of local suppliers and helps himself and his family to build up a future.
Picture by Johanniter Germany
At the start of the project in 2017, only 8 of the 115 village households had toilets. One year later, with the successful implementation of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, and the installation of a solar piped water system, 28 households have placed orders for toilets. More are expected due to the fact that satisfied villagers spread the word of Srum’s skilled workmanship. When asked how he thought this opportunity would impact his family, Srum smiles and says that he hopes to make a better income and that the health of his family and the community will be improved. This community lead approach, that links house-holds to the sanitation market, creates a sustainable model that gives hope that the project will continue well beyond the foreseen period.