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The Czech Republic will provide drinking water for the inhabitants of 45 villages in the Kampong Chhnang province

(This article expired 30.09.2021.)

On 8 September 2020, a new development cooperation project aimed at improving water and sanitation in Kampong Chhnang Province was inaugurated. The ceremony followed by a workshop was attended by representatives of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Phnom Penh, leaders of the regional town hall, Diaconia CR and Life with Dignity, mayors of interested districts and municipalities, representatives of schools and the professional public.

The comprehensive project combines the construction of physical infrastructure for water supply and sewerage with capacity building and training. Over the next four years, more than 9,600 families in 45 target villages in Samakki Meanchey and Teuk Phos districts in Kampong Chhnang province are expected to have access to drinking water. Simultaneous attention will be paid to education in good hygiene habits in primary schools in the area. Schools, selected in cooperation with provincial and municipal authorities, will receive a new source of drinking water and sanitation facilities. The project also emphasizes cooperation with the local private sector through the training of employees of drinking water providers. An initial feasibility study, including a detailed assessment of current sources of drinking water and a proposal for a technical solution, will be carried out by a team of Czech experts.

The implementation consortium, which ensures the technical quality of the project, consists on the Czech side of the non-governmental organization Diaconia ECCB - Center for Humanitarian and Development Cooperation, G-servis and the Czech University of Agriculture. The Czech team will work closely with long-term Cambodian partner Life with Dignity.

The $ 1 million project is funded by the Czech Development Agency under the official bilateral development cooperation program and is the 17th project in the water and sanitation sector funded by the Czech Republic in Cambodia.

The launching ceremony was covered by the profile national and local media in English and Khmer as well as through a TV report.