Lvea Village , Norea Rum Primary School

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Lvea is a typical rural village remotely situated to the southeast of Kampong Speu Province, approximately 62 kilometers from the closest provincial town. More than half of the local population lives below the poverty line, and without access to clean water and health care services. The villagers generate their income from planting rice, raising animals and from crop subsistence agriculture. Ecomomic need has forced some to migrate away from the village to find work. The existing infrastructure in the area is limited, and not favorable for people to improve their living conditions; however, this seems routine to the local villagers in this area and they continue to follow their family traditions and culture under challenging conditions. The primary school, Norea Rum, is located in the middle of the village. The school has one hand-pump well and a nearby pond, which has water for year-round use, and is the only source being used by the students and the villagers. There are also some ponds in the village, but they dry out during the dry season. The most wanted and needed thing for the people in this village is clean water.

A Child’s Challenges with Attending School
Water Collection and Diseases

“Here we have no clean water for our students. The water here is not safe for drinking without treatment, we have to boil it first before drinking. Our students have to sort this out by themselves. We have encountered many waterborne illnesses among our students and this has impacted our school attendance when they are sick.”

– Mr. York Bunrun, School Headmaster

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