Kampong Chhnang Provincial Administration yesterday held its first workshop on the Improvement on Water Sanitation and Hygiene from 2020-2023 project.
The $1 million project – which began in July 2020 – is funded by the Czech Republic Development Cooperation and is being implemented by NGO Life with Dignity for the duration of three years, with eight communes, 16 schools and 45 villages set to benefit.
The project will also work with two partner water vendors, namely Tbenh Khsong and Khemara Water.
The workshop, which took place at Kampong Chhnang Provincial Hall, was joined by city administrations, development partners and stakeholders.
A statement released by Czech Republic Development Cooperation yesterday said that the project demonstrates a complex approach that combines the construction of physical infrastructure to supply clean water as well as social capacity building to improve provincial sanitation.
The statement said that 9662 families have been targetted across 45 villages located in Samakki Meanchey and Toek Phos districts of Kampong Chhnang province.
The social focus will be on primary schools, where students will be educated on good hygiene practices, with some schools also receiving new water sources and new toilets, the statement said.
The project will cooperate with the private sector and help with the training of water service staff, it said.
Preliminary results, including a detailed assessment of current water sources and technical solutions, will be conducted by a team of Czech experts, it added.
Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Cambodia Vlastimil Tesar said that: “Clean water and sanitation are one of the priorities of the Czech Republic in Cambodia and we consider safe water supply as an important element for the health of the people.”
“If the water is not of good quality, it can cause serious health problems. However, cleanliness and hygiene are also essential components of health, disease free livelihoods,” he said.
“Especially now, amid the pandemic, both are extremely important,” he added.
This $1 million project is officially funded by the Czech Republic Development Cooperation as part of the Bilateral Development Cooperation Program. It is the 17th water and sanitation project funded by the Czech Republic in Cambodia.