Geographic Focus: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville
Project Focus: orphanages, schools, feeding centers, rescue homes, street shelters, hospitals
We have a lot to be proud about in Cambodia. The organizations and people we call friends and partners include the country’s leading sex-trafficking abolitionist, the nation’s largest pediatric hospital, the premier group serving Phnom Penh’s overwhelming street youth population. It's humbling and inspiring to support their amazing work and the kids they serve with clean water. But we also see areas that, simply put, need improvement. The most obvious deficiencies in our Cambodia operations are the lack of a health and hygiene program built into our work, a more strategic and concentrated geographic focus, and deeper relationships with the institutional partners we serve.
To build upon our successes as well as address these weak spots, throughout 2012 we have worked with each partner site to re-establish our commitments and service. Come January, we will undertake a year-long partnership with one of the leading hygiene promotion organizations in the country to anchor our international hygiene curriculum within a Cambodian context. We intend to work with all of our partners there to ensure each one is supported through robust hygiene promotion programs--in fun and effective ways, kids will learn not just how to wash their hands, but why it's important and how to pass this knowledge on to others. In addition to health and hygiene, throughout 2013 we will conduct a national-level needs assessment to help us strategically map out our future growth, ensuring our work is concentrated for best coverage rates.
We at Splash couldn’t be more excited about where we are going in Cambodia. We know that there will be challenges along the way, but we are confident that these new directions and fleshed out programs will help us get closer to our vision for the future: every child everywhere has clean water.