CARE Cambodia was recently presented with a plaque acknowledging its work helping communities prepare for the recent drought.
It was presented by the Provincial Governor of Ratanak Kiri, H E Thoung Savoun, at the opening of a new well built by CARE at Bor Keav Lower Secondary School in May. The Governor said he was very happy with CARE's support.
"CARE always cooperates with provincial authorities to respond to any emergencies in the province. CARE also plays a very good role in implementing and supporting education in Ratanak Kiri province," he said.
The certificate states: "CARE International in Cambodia has responded well to the drought situation by creating wells with solar powered pumps for three schools in Bar Keav and Andoung Meas districts in Ratanak Kiri Province, Kingdom of Cambodia. This support has contributed to reducing the water shortage for students and people in Ratanak Kiri province. The Governor, and speaking on behalf of the people in Ratanak Kiri, wishes CARE managers and staff success in their work."
CARE Cambodia Ethnic Minority Women program director Jan Noorlander said he was very thankful to the Governor for the recognition or CARE's work.
"Cambodia is prone to suffering droughts and floods and we want to make sure schools and communities are best equipped to deal with these situations," Mr Noorlander said.
CARE has built four community ponds in Ratanak Kiri in the past two years, providing a sustainable water source for communities. The organisation has also distributed water jars, built wells, constructed toilets, and installed water tanks and hand washing stations at schools to improve access to water in schools and communities. Adequate toilet facilities and sufficient water to keep these clean is a crucial factor in the retention of adolescent girls in schools. Additionally, CARE has provided sanitation and hygiene training across the province, so that schools and communities know how to keep their water and their families safe.
CARE’s drought resilience activities in Ratanak Kiri are part of the WASH in Schools and Communities (WISC) project, which is funded by the Australian Government.