Capital Hall released results of a study that surveyed the infrastructure needs of poor communities in Phnom Penh.
The study was conducted by asking 2,397 community members in eleven communes to identify which infrastructure projects need to be prioritised.
City Hall found that communities in the eleven communes need paved roads, drainage systems, street lights, clean water, and toilets.
Nov Vat, a city official in charge of implementing the World Bank’s Livelihood Enhancement and Association of the Poor Project, said city officials implemented a LEAP module entitled “Lessons Learned, Key Challenges and Achievements” as a guideline to address the issue of poverty in more than 200 communities in the city.
Mr Vat added that community members also need training to develop skills in order to uplift their livelihoods.
“When we know what they urgently need, we will know what to address first,” Mr Vat said. “City Hall will find the right solution for their community – which are related to the challenges community members face while living in a developing city.”
Deputy governor Hout Hai said City Hall is now looking for a solution.
“Even if there are a lot of rich people in the city, we still have impoverished people,” Mr Hai said. “We needed to know what their issues are and what we can do to find a solution for them.”
Thou Panha, a City Hall official in charge of securing a budget for LEAP, yesterday said City Hall will need about $800,000 so roads can be paved, drainage systems can be built and clean water can be provided.
“We need a budget to help develop these poor communities after the survey,” he said.
El Aminas, a resident of Chras Chamras commune in Rusey Keo district, said many residents lack employment and infrastructure.
“In some areas, there are no lights on the road and no drainage systems,” Ms Aminas said. “These should be prioritised.”
“My people are fishermen – some do not have other skills,” she added. “We need city officials to develop communities.”
Sok Simom, a resident of Chaom Choa commune in Choam Choa district, said many poor families have sold their land, while others are in debt.
“People living in poor communities sell their land because there’s development in Chaom Chao, while others left the community to live elsewhere,” Ms Simom said. “We live in a developing country, we need to improve things. That’s why some poor people were forced to sell their land. Some of them have massive debts.”