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Trapaing Krasaing is the local primary school located in Trapaing Krasaing Village of Srenoi Commune – within the Varin District of Siem Reap Province. As a rural farming community, livelihoods depend on rice planting, crop subsidiary plantation work, and selling locally crafted handmade goods. Economic pressure has caused some villagers to migrate away to work as laborers in town. The commute is time consuming and costly, which causes additional strain on women and girls to increase their productivity. 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 drink untreated water from the nearby contaminated wells and ponds.
Because the majority of local community members and children of Trapaing Krasaing Village drink untreated water, waterborne illnesses are among the top health risk concerns. Mr. Seang Vin, the school principal, explained that students are often absent from their classes due to chronic waterborne illnesses that require their families to spend money for their medical treatment - which is often unaffordable. The principal wishes for clean water for the school and village in hopes of alleviating waterborne diseases and reducing the healthcare expenses for treating the community and children.
Village: Trapaing Krasaing
Beneficiaries (Students): 416
Village Population: 1951
Number of Households: 410
"No clean drinking water available in my school , I have to find water by my own , I drink water directly from the well and I used to have diarrhea and left my class. I wish I could have safe water to drink at my school and take it home."
- Am Sreymao, Grade 5 Student
"We have no water treatment facility here , it is the great challenge we have faced till today , our students are not affordable to bottled water , some of them drink water directly from the nearby well and some off them bring boiled water from home, I wish I could have someone donated a water purification facility so that we could provide safe water at free to everyone here and this will help to improve our school attendance and remove burden from the parents of our students."
- Mr. Seang Vin, School Headmaster
"My school has no clean water, our students have to sort this out by their own, some students bring boiled water from home and some of them drink untreated water, this is not a good practice as most of them have suffered from diarrhea and other waterborne sicknesses that badly impacted to my class attendance and their learning progress. We wish we could have someone bring clean water here."
- Mr. Pich Chea, Grade 6 Teacher
"My village is regarded as the poor one among the others in this area, 256 of our village households do not have access to electricity grid , with no piped water supply in this area , living is difficult, my villagers earn 2-3 dollars in a daily basic so they have to prioritize for their food, it will take many years ahead to get things improved"
- Mr. Heang Kong, Vice-Village Leader
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