This program cleans and improves the conditions of the latrines
and provides hygiene education training to the children and all
caregivers at Kampong Cham Orphanage. A cleaning person washes
the facilities daily. Educational sessions for the students and
caretakers are conducted monthly. These sessions cover information
from basic hand washing and hygiene education to larger concerns
such as environmental pollution. We have also improved the facilities
by re-building/fixing the septic system.
Subsequent to widespread destruction and devastation, Cambodia has
become one of the world's poorest nations. The government infrastructure
remains weak and many communities suffer from extremely poor living conditions.
The latrine facilities at Kampong Cham Orphanage were unsanitary
and a health hazard. The situation was a result of a combination of
factors. Most orphanages receive some financial support from the Cambodian
Government however there is rarely enough funding to cover the costs
associated with all basic necessities. Kampong Cham did not have
sufficient cleaning supplies nor did it have someone to clean.
A lack of hygiene education was a second contributing factor to
the health and hygiene habits of the children and the caregivers.
Kampong Cham Orphanage is home to 64 children, 22 girls and 42 boys. Currently,
Global Children runs the Orphanage~Visual Arts program at Kampong Cham where
the children study traditional Khmer arts.
Thanks for grants from the PYAR Foundation (Huntsville, AL)
and the Cottonwood Foundation (White Bear Lake, MN) this
project has been underway since January 2004.