Facilitating Clean Water Access

From July 24 – 30, 2011, ten enthusiastic Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) volunteers travelled to Kirivong in Cambodia to work on the construction of school latrines and rain water tanks for two primary schools. The trip was launched under the Corporate Social Responsibility project "Meet A Need" in partnership with adopted charity World Vision International and sponsored with SGD 50,000.

The team arrived in Phnom Penh on July 24 from all over the region and departed to Kirivong the following day. For one week they engaged in hands-on work to build the latrines and water tanks.

The highlight of the trip formed a magnificent afternoon of cultural exchange between the international Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) team, the local children and the community of Kirivong, when all took turns to perform local dances, songs and shows. World Vision Cambodia also took the opportunity to launch their sanitation programme to the school children.
The latrines and water tank now used by school children every day.  The three constructed school latrines with nine rooms and one water tank in Sereivong Primary School and Sangkrous Vichea Primary School directly serve 1,347 school students (out of which 655 are girls). 
Poor standards of sanitation leading to poor health and sickness are the main reasons for World Vision Cambodia to focus on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (WASH) throughout 2011. Prior to this project, access to proper sanitation facilities was very limited and until today, some students do not have latrines at home and do not know how to use the facilities. Through the completion of our project, a big difference has been made for more than 1,300 students.

Kirivong Area Development Programme Manager Mr Pheung Phasith said “This is the first time the Kirivong community had an opportunity to experience a celebration and party like this. The children were very happy and enjoyed themselves. We are also very thankful for the great help of Jebsen & Jessen’s (SEA) volunteers in building the latrines and facilitating access to clean water.”

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What it means to me

Meet a Need is an experience of a lifetime, changing the way staff think and feel about their community and their fellow colleagues. We asked participants to share their most memorable moments; the people they met, what they learned, how the trip changed them and what it was like to work for a greater good.  Read more