CHHRA is working towards implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and partners with the Royal Government of Cambodia, INGOs, civil society organisations and local communities to tackle some of the most intractable problems such as health, nutrition, hunger and access to water and sanitations. We are taking a holistic approach to achieving the SDGs – one that respects and upholds the priorities of the communities in which we work and the people we aim to assist.
CHHRA aims to creates basic conditions to improve the health and especially the nutrition situation in rural communities. Our programme improves access to safe drinking water resulting in reduction of water related diseases as the main contributor to malnutrition, and increases appropriate sanitation as well as general hygiene practices. Existing self-help initiatives and self-help structures are strengthened by the project activities, not yet realized self-help potential is identified and supported by appropriate activities. The Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach is used to increase the coverage of areas with latrines and to insure that Open Defecation Free (ODF) status is reached by all villages. To improve the access to sufficient, nutrient-rich food the focus group will be introduced to elements of ‘productive sanitation’. The project also focuses on a lasting behaviour change, by promoting hygiene practices in combination with education sessions (topics like nutrition, kitchen hygiene and preparation of food) and delivery of activities promoting appropriate treatment and storage of drinking-water. By using a combination of activities the project reduces infectious diseases, which are often the main cause of child malnutrition.
Result 1: The access to sanitation facilities and the hygienically safe handling of feces has improved and thus direct and indirect pathways of pathogens have been reduced to stop primary and secondary transmission of water related diseases.
WORKING IN ODDAR MEANCHEY
Oddar Meanchey’s population mainly consists of returned refugees and migrants from other regions of the country. They live under minimal conditions trying to secure their livelihoods mainly through subsistence farming and livestock raising. 36,5 % of the population in Oddar Meanchey lives below the national poverty line with 74% of the families facing food shortages throughout four months of the year. The target group selection of this project is based on the national ID poor identification process complemented by data on under-nutrition and stunting data from the Cambodian Demographic and Health Survey (CDHS) and the Baseline Survey performed by FAO in Oddar Meanchey. Our project reachs out to communes with entrenched poverty rates and very low sanitation coverage. We focus on population living in 8 communes in the 3 most vulnerable districts in (Banteay Ampil, Chongkal, Samrong). The main focus is on remote villages highly affected by persisting gaps of food security, water supply and sanitation, as well as those villages with high vulnerability and a low self-help potential of the people due to their geographical isolation. Preference is given to vulnerable groups such as female headed households and/or with many children, landless migrants and households with disabled individuals.