Cambodia is one the world’s poorest countries. Supply and disposal infrastructure and the health care system are underdeveloped, which in combination with poor hygiene conditions, leads to high infection rates. 20.5 % of the population lives below the poverty line and only 29 % have access to basic sanitation.
ESC-BORDA Cambodia implements decentralised wastewater solutions for hospitals and small and medium-sized enterprises to prevent discharging untreated wastewater into water bodies and to protect public health.With a population of 15 million people, there are more than 3 million schoolchilren living in Cambodia. Only 32 % of the schools have toilets, which are usually in poor condition.
Almost 50 % of the schools do not have any water supply resulting in poor hygiene and high rates of diseases, especially diarrhoea. By implementing School Based Sanitation (SBS) projects, ESC-BORDA Cambodia provides access to hygienic school toilets, including wastewater treatment, and contributes to strengthening health, reducing the number of absent days, and creating environmental and hygiene awareness among students. Access to safe toilets is particularly important for girls: many stop going to school during menstruation due to a lack of or inadequate hygiene facilities. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, sanitation in project schools has been improved using a holistic approach since 2009. The core of the intervention is to improve the sanitation facilities with child-friendly toilets and implement DEWATS, along with its proper use and maintenance. The project includes not only the technical components, but also building school internal management structures for toilets and DEWATS, and promoting health and hygiene education. BORDA has also cooperated with UNICEF for several years to reaching even more schools with “School Based Sanitation“.
Education is important and school should not make you sick. Donations for supporting “School Based Sanitation” in Cambodia are needed and welcome!