In early 2018 the CWS Cambodia team was able to support 11 primary schools in Preah Vihear Province of northern Cambodia with tried-and-true water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs to support better basic health and wellbeing for 2,613 students. Recently, gratitude to CWS for our WASH program support came from one of the 69 teachers who staff these 11 schools. Mrs. Chea Vanna, who teaches Grade 3 students Choam Ksant Primary School told a few CWS team members, happily, how much easier it is now for her to get her students to wash their hands properly. This, she says, is because they have information and understanding from CWS-supported education and training activities about how having good personal hygiene – starting with clean hands – helps people avoid illness, especially diarrhea. Vanna added, “Of course it helps that we now have proper sinks, water and soap too. We all thank you for help that helps our children and our whole community, in fact. Having healthy children means that they don’t miss classes, which is a benefit to our future; and, importantly, poor parents need not spend money for medicine and clinic fees when their children are sick.”
In communities throughout southeast Asia, just as in Choam Ksant, CWS WASH teams are working to make sure everyone knows more about diarrhea’s impact on basic wellbeing … and about its prevention. Together, we work hard each day to ensure better health among as many children as we can, so they are well and able to attend school and thrive now and in the future.
(For more information please contact MSophal@cwsglobal.org )