In December and January, CWEF conducted the final two latrine trainings with eight HEAL advocates in Spean Chrey, Cambodia. This training is just one component in the HEAL program – a process of not only outfitting the village with much-needed latrines, but also equipping local advocates with the knowledge and skills to work towards improving local sanitation and hygiene awareness and behavior.
CWEF staff members Kanhchana Thoy and Danay Mao led the training. In the first lesson of the December session, participants learned about the negative health effects when latrines are not available, and they received information on the importance, care, placement and construction of latrines. In the second lesson, participants learned about the effects, prevention and treatment of intestinal parasites. The final lesson explored the environmental impact and health effects of human waste that are improperly disposed of.
In addition to the HEAL advocates, Pastor Daravuth and village chief Lay Chea attended the training. CWEF’s impact in the community will only succeed with the support and participation of the local leadership.
Each HEAL advocate had the opportunity to determine the size and manner of construction for the structure surrounding the latrine. Some recipients included a shower and water basin; others covered their latrine with a tarp topped with a tin roof. Community members gathered at each latrine installation to share their recommendations with each latrine recipient.
The latrine project is just one of a number of projects in Spean Chrey. At the primary school, CWEF has worked with the community to install a well, purchase water filters for the classroom, develop a literacy center and promote community health training. Through this deep level of engagement in the community, CWEF strives to realize our vision of thriving communities serving and inspiring hope in others.