Project Siem Reap
This 2016 initiative to provide clean water access for the poor in Siem Reap, Cambodia, marks Jia Foundation’s foray into water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues. These are some of the most pressing public issues in a country still recovering from its recent war-torn history.
In Cambodia, 13.5% of the population live below the national poverty line (US$ 0.93/day) and 31% of the rural population do not have access to improved sources of water.
Behind the façade of booming tourism trade buoyed by Angkor Wat, the families and children of Siem Reap province still linger as among the poorest in Cambodia.
With the technical skills, resources and know-how of its partner and established non-governmental organization, Water and Healthcare (WAH)(formerly known as Social Capital Venture Development), Jia Foundation has driven the installation of the Free Flow Water Filtration System inside schools.
The system, based on a filter membrane from Hyflux Singapore that primarily targets bacteria, has been built in 3 schools as of Sep 2016, ranging from 5km to 60km away.
(1) Future of Khmer Children School in Nokorkrao Village, Kork Chork Commune,
(2) ABC & Rice School in Sala Kansaeng Village, Kork Chork Commune, and
(3) Jobsmach Primary School in Jobsmach Village, Tayerk Commune.
With existing resources, Jia Foundation aims to provide clean drinking water in a further 3 schools by end-2016, and 5 more each year in 2017 and 2018.
In future, Jia Foundation also plans to provide formal WASH education to the schools as well as provide hand soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste for the schoolchildren.