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Project profile

WASH in Schools, Health Center and Community Improvement Project


According to a needs assessment conducted by UNICEF, WASH facilities in many communities, healthcare centres and schools throughout Ratanak Kiri and Mondul Kiri provinces fail to meet minimum standards set by the Royal Government of Cambodia.  In response to this issue, CARE International in Cambodia (CARE) proposes the implementation of a project in several districts in these provinces, to construct new facilities, rehabilitate or upgrade existing WASH facilities to improve access to WASH facilities.


To ensure the project impact is sustainable, building ownership of WASH facilities constructed and rehabilitated or upgrade through the project with communities and government is a core principal embedded in the project design.


To achieve this objective, CARE will work in cooperation with the PoE, PHD, PDRD, local authorities, school management and teachers, and members of the community to formulate and deliver activities. One example of this collaborative approach is CARE’s use a two-way learning method, which seeks to understand, respect and integrate the beneficiaries’ traditional methods of water collection with modern technologies. Also, the use of low-tech WASH designs is a priority of the project, to ensure that members of the community—with training by UNICEF and CARE—can maintain and repair WASH facilities at a relatively low cost using locally-sourced materials.  These approaches will ensure that government and communities have ownership over facilities and outside support is not required to maintain minimum WASH standards in the project locations.

members about hygiene and sanitation practices. 



By 2018, strengthened commitment and capacity of government to provide more children and their families, particularly in the six target provinces, with increased access to quality WASH facilities/services.


Key activities
  •  Constructing new water sources (protected spring system)

  •  Rehabilitating protected spring system

  •  Upgrading existing community small piped water supply systems

  •  Constructing rain water harvesting system

  •  Improving WASH facilities in health centres

  •  Improving WASH facilities in schools

  •  Building capacity of water user committees (WUC)

  •  Providing hygiene training to teachers, students and community people.




Jul 2017 - Dec 2018



Ratanak Kiri Province



Direct: Almost 6,428 ethnic minority women, students, and community members. 


Indirect:  More than 6,000 community members.


Project partners


  •  Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS)

  •  Ministry of Rural Development (MRD)

  •  Ministry of Health (MoH)

  •  Provincial Office of Education (POE)

  •  Provincial Department of Rural Development (PDRD)

  •  Provincial Health Department (PHD)




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