Prey Rogneang Primary School

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Prey Rongeang is the local primary school located in Prey Rongeang Village of Snuol Commune within Kralanh District of Siem Reap Province. Like many of the small rural villages surrounding Siem Reap, income depends on rice planting, crop subsidiary plantation, and raising farm animals. Some villagers are migrating away to work as laborers in the city of Siem Reap, while others commute to neighboring countries. The school and village both face health and economic challenges from lack of access to clean, safe water and electricity. Bottled water is too expensive for most to purchase, so villagers and students are forced to use untreated water from the nearby contaminated wells and ponds.

The local community members and children of Prey Rongeang Village drink untreated water, making waterborne illnesses among the top health risk concerns. Mr. Ros Chanda, the school principal, explained that the school located in the rural area where it is far away from the medical center, and students are frequently absent from their classes due to waterborne illnesses, requiring families to care for them and spend money for medical care. The principal wishes for clean water for the village and the school, in hopes of alleviating waterborne diseases and reducing healthcare costs for the community. Improving school attendance is his primary concern for long term success for the community.

"I don’t have good water to drink at school. My parents have to boil water for me and I hand-carry it to the school every day. Sometimes I buy bottled water in the village shop. All I want is to have clean drinking water in my school so everyone will be happy and safe from sickness."
- Song Saochin , Grade 5 Student

"Our school located in the rural area and we do not have access to safe water. This is the greatest challenge we are facing, and we wish to have clean and safe water available in the school for the sake of everyone here, and also to eliminate our concern for school water source that is unsafe."
- Mr. Ros Chanda, School Headmaster

"The lack of clean drinking water access in our school has resulted in many issues, such as student absenteeism due to diarrhea and financial burden on families to spend for medical care. School attendance and learning progress of students etc. are all tied to safe water. This need to be addressed in an effective way for all of those concerned."
- Mrs. Pich Sarith, Grade 4 Teacher

"Our village has no piped water supply and 85 percent of the village households do not have access to electricity grid either. The lack of clean and safe water in the village has caused many issues and it is becoming more of a challenge because we have no choice because the government does not have budget to sort this out."
- Mr. Klim Sophoan, Village Leader

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