Currently we are working in Pre Veeng district, south east of Phnom Penh in a Good governance project working with local commune authorities. Rainwater Cambodia (RWC) has been involved in helping communities find solutions to drinking water issues for some years now and has also been involved in several sanitation projects.
It has been a very busy few months here at RainWater Cambodia. With a small team of dedicated Cambodians managing five different projects scattered throughout the countryside, resources are stretched, but in true Khmer style complaints are few and good-natured and the work gets done, meaning rural Cambodians get to drink clean rainwater throughout the year.
World water day was celebrated in Phnom Penh on the 22nd of March with local dignitaries speaking on the importance of safe water in urban and peri urban environments; this years theme. On the same day a huge World sanitaion fund was launched in Cambodia with the aim of improving the toilet and hygiene situation of the rural population over the next five years.
A colleague and I travelled to a village in Kampot province, about two hours south of Phnom Penh to discuss water supply solutions with the commune council. We are submitting proposals for more funding and this area has registered interest in improving their water supply.
Another interesting week here in Cambodia!
I attended a Workshop/seminar looking at sanitation issues around the country, visited RWC's health centre and hospital campaign and then got out of the city for the weekend to relax in a small riverside town where I watched the boats go by!
Tuesday and Wednesday involved two trips to two different provinces, one an hour by motorbike to look at some household water harvest systems and another 2-3 hour trip to look at several schools.
My first week in Phnom Penh has been amazing! A bit of sightseeing, a few days at my new office and finally yesterday I moved into a nice big appartment and could unpack my bags.
I was met at the airport by my field officer who manages all the volunteers in SE Asia but is based in Phnom Penh. Noisy, smelly, dirty, colourful, vibrant are just some of the words that spring to mind when trying to describe the city..it is very busy with people, cars and motobikes everywhere.
Less than one week to go before departure for Cambodia!