Helping healthy school life by installing a restroom & washstand

Baribour in Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia, is prone to flooding. What is worse, due to poor drainage system, the roads are always muddy and students cross ankle-deep muddy water to go to school.

There are no washroom facilities at Kampong Kror Chab Primary School located in Chak, Baribour. Because of this, students are unable to wash the mud off their feet; when their clothes get dirty, they wash them with water from a roadside puddle. The school restroom was also outdated and inconvenient to use.

The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation, who learned of this through the Education Office of Kampong Chhnang Province, planned to provide sanitary facilities such as restroom and washstand.

On February 10, the restroom construction began in earnest. Experts installed two toilets and a washstand on the high pillars so that there would be no damage even in a flood. And a 1,500-liter water tank was additionally installed to supply water to the washstand so that students can wash their hands with clean water at any time.

The construction continued until March 11. The next day, the 12th, the completion ceremony was held in the presence of about 50 people, including the students and the principal of the Kampong Kror Chab Primary School, and WeLoveU members. The school presented a letter of appreciation to the WeLoveU, saying that this support enabled the students to enjoy a healthy school life. Washing their hands in turn at the new washstand, the students smiled brightly.

Principal Oa Ratha said, “The installation of toilets and a washstand is very helpful for students and teachers. On behalf of the students and teachers, I would like to express my gratitude to the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah for caring us.”

Apart from Kampong Kror Chab Primary School, many schools in Kampong Chhnang Province are suffering from the poor environment. The WeLoveU will continue to cooperate with the Education Office of the province to support the schools in need for students’ bright future.