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Project Update

WaterAid/Laura Summerton

WaterAid/Laura Summerton

WaterAid/Monory Sarom.

WaterAid/Monory Sarom.

WaterAid/Mom Vat

WaterAid/Mom Vat

WaterAid/Remissa Mak

WaterAid/Remissa Mak

The Context

More than 50% of people in Cambodia don’t have access to a decent toilet. While the country boasts large natural water resources, they are under increasing pressure due to climate change, industry and regional development.

Despite a growing tourism industry prior to COVID-19, Cambodia remains one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia. While the average standards of living are rising, the benefits of progress are not enjoyed by everyone. Many people still live in extreme poverty, with no access to basic services like clean water and decent toilets.

The Problem We Will Solve

The devastating legacy of the Khmer Rouge means there is an entire lost generation of professionals, creating major shortages of skilled engineers, technicians and health professionals to work towards clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene (WASH) in Cambodia. Ensuring equality and inclusion is a strong focus for WaterAid Cambodia, ensuring women, people living with a disability and vulnerable and marginalised people are included in working towards water and sanitation solutions.

Another key challenge and emerging focus for WaterAid Cambodia are sanitation workers, who are forced to work in conditions that endanger their health and lives. Despite providing an essential public service, these workers are often the most marginalised, poor and discriminated against members of society who carry out their jobs with no equipment, protection or legal rights, often violating their dignity and human rights.

However, change happens quickly in Cambodia. The WaterAid Cambodia team will use the Impact Accelerator to identify the first key sanitation issue they will focus on and innovative solutions to the challenge they choose. Check back in soon to find out the projects and solutions that evolve during Cambodia’s Impact Accelerator.

WaterAid/Tom Greenwood

WaterAid/Tom Greenwood

The Proposed Solutions

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What We Have Learnt

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WaterAid/Sokmeng You

WaterAid/Sokmeng You

"Defecating has been the main difficulty facing our family since we do not have a toilet. In rainy season, we just dump it straight into the water below. But in the dry season, we have to find a spot behind bushes or row the boat up to 150 meters from the house in order to defecate privately. We have to be patient and wait until dusk in order to avoid being noticed. In the past, we didn't have to take a long trip to do it because there was still plenty of forest nearby. Now we have to go a bit far in order to find a quieter place, especially in dry season” says Ms Siek Prak.    

Siek, 48, on her way to open defecate near the pond, Koh Keo Village, Svay Chrum Commune, Rolea B'ier District, Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia.

Siek, 48, on her way to open defecate near the pond, Koh Keo Village, Svay Chrum Commune, Rolea B'ier District, Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia.

Hear from a sanitation expert in India

Hear from a sanitation expert in India

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