The drought situation in Cambodia has now affected more than just agriculture. It has serious affects on the basic human need for daily water consumption, children’s health, nutrition and education.
From March to April 2016, World Vision (WV) has spent 428,539 USD on both short and long term drought responses that benefitted 6,874 households and 7,367 school children in 6 provinces in Cambodia.
“World Vision’s programs primarily focus on the most vulnerable and poorest households and villages we see firsthand on the ground. When disaster strikes, such as this drought, the poorest and most vulnerable children and families suffer the most,” said Mr. Socheath So, WV’s Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Manager. “We try to help out as much as we can,” he added.
Since March, World Vision has been working with communities to find water sources that meet their needs. World Vision funded the construction of 60 boreholes and 44 wells. At the same time, World Vision works with communities on long term resolutions including funding and mobilizing communities to build water supply systems. Currently, at least 3 projects of this kind are in place, 2 in Siem Reap and 1 in Preah Vihear benefiting more than one thousand families. The benefits will last for more than 10 or 20 years from now.
World Vision continues monitoring on the ground and intervene based on the real needs of the community. From now until July 2016, World Vision plans to continue responding through long term and short term responses for schools and communities. Those include funding and mobilizing the communities to construct community ponds, setup water treatment stations, drill borehole wells, distribute water purifiers, provide water jars to most vulnerable families and distribute water filters.
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