* In January, with 16 years’ experience as a program staff leader, Sophal Mao was named Country Representative, becoming the first Cambodian to hold the position.
* With Week of Compassion funding from the Teach WASH project, 336 new sanitary latrines were built, marking a 42% increase in latrines among the 799 households in the four villages; one of the four villages obtained Open Defecation Free status.
* Through Promoting Better Lives education and awareness-raising sessions, 71 % of participating families became food secure this year – a 32% increase over last year. And, the rate of severely underweight children significantly dropped from 4% in 2016 to 0.3% in 2017. Additionally, with successful behavior change activities like using soap and water for hand-washing, water-borne disease rates among these families dropped from 15.7% last year to 4% this year.
* In June, after 24 years partnering with families, communities and local government, CWS phased out of programming in Kampong Thom Province in north central Cambodia.