Culture

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Culture

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A Buddhist village wedding…

Bride and Groom…

Entering the Ceremony hall.

Children at Takol school having a break between lessons.  The school is a mixture of Buddhist and Moslem children, and the Headmaster is Buddhist.  There is harmony in ...

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River Life

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River Life

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Washing oxen in Tonle Sap River.  All sorts of village activities take place in and around the river, and this results in poor water quality.

Discussing business at the end of a day’s fishing on the river.  The women are just as active as the men, and sometimes more.

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Fishing

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Fishing

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Young girl helping her Mum with the daily fishing trip on the river.  Children play a big part in the family business

A typical floating village on Tonle Sap.  Water quality is a big problem along the river

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Clean water and hygiene education program

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SCVD has produced a clean water and hygiene education program to distribute to schools, orphanages, hospitals/health centres, places of worship, and other community clean water sites. It is vital that the communities understand not only the benefits of clean water, but also the importance of hygiene, including using clean utensils to collect the water, and washing hands regularly.  The community leaders are made responsible, through ...

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Meeting with Koh Tkov Commune on Tonle Sap river …

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Meeting with Koh Tkov Commune on Tonle Sap river …

We believe in a top down approach to our water strategy.  We arrange  commune meetings with the commune head and committee, (a commune is around 10 villages and 10 schools), plus all the village chiefs and headmasters of the schools in the commune.  At the meeting we discuss their problems with water and explain how we are able to assist.  Meetings are proactive, with everyone being ...

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Water Sites

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Water Sites

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Takol Primary School was the first school to have a water system installed.  The headmaster decided to put the filter in one of the classrooms for security and to protect the unit from the elements.  The children are being educated on the benefits of clean water and good hygiene, from the SCV education program.

Commune water committee examining a ...

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Places of worship

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Places of worship

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Takol Pagoda clean water site, with security box fitted (left of photo on wall).  Hundreds of people gather every week at the Pagoda and use the clean water facilities.

Ny Lors, village chief Kahn Chong,  in a special meeting with future village committee members!!  Grand daughter cuddled up to Ny Lors.

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Children queuing for clean water at Takol Primary

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Children queuing for clean water at Takol Primary

The first school in Kampong Chhnang province to have an SCV water system installed was Takol Primary school, which has 611 students, and 14 teachers.  The Headmaster, Srey Yean, has been very proactive and understands well the problems of contaminated water.  The school is next to the pagoda, and it was decided to build a system at Takol Pagoda, where many people visit daily, and drink from the system.  Srey Yean was the first headmaster to decide on ...

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Hospital/Health centres

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Hospital/Health centres

SCVD has installed clean water systems in one hospital, Tralach referral hospital, and eleven health centres, which look after the people of Kampong Chhnang province. Each health centre has on average 1,000 patients per month, many of whom have ailments linked to drinking dirty water.

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A typical lobby area of a health centre, normally full of patients, many of whom are young children, suffering with stomach ...

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Schools

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Schools

Installing clean water systems in schools is a priority for SCV. The children become aware of the benefits of clean safe water from a young age, and can pass on their knowledge to their families. Teachers are keen to make sure the children drink clean water at school, and also practice good hygiene, including washing their hands regularly. SCV distributes simple education booklets to every child, and the children and told to show their parents, brothers and sisters, to spread the ...

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