Water Bring Good Health, Make Life Easier for Indigenous Bnoung
“The condition of poor access to water and poor sanitation for Ms. Poeun Pheap were difficult in both living and agriculture in her village, because her house is located at walking distance of 200 to 2000 meters from natural streams”.
She is living in Pu Char village, Sre Preah commune, Seima wildlife sanctuary. A place where the majority of villagers are poor and vulnerable due to their limited livelihood options, with lacking of access to water and sanitation. Madam Poeun Pheap is a 29-year-old indigenous Bnoung housewife, married to Yen Sok a 35 years old man and has a two years old daughter. During several years, Pheap and her husband have been collecting water for daily usage from the natural stream that is far away from her house. They used to spend lot of time and energy to fetch it. Such a hardship discouraged her family from sanitation and hygiene practices as well as planting home garden’s vegetables during the dry season.
After Careful analysis and understanding of the situation of Poeun Pheap family and all villagers in community Pu Char village, Cambodian Rural Development Team with support of Australian Government, Direct Aid Program (DAP) decided to implement the project” water for health and sanitation promotion among indigenous people.” Two water supplies system were installed with pipe connections to houses in Pu Char village.The storage capacity for each system is 10 m3. This water storage capacity is enough to supply 70 families including Poeun Pheap family as well. She becomes a water user since the beginning of water supplies system was started to launch for using in her community. “I am a water user from water supplies system. I can’t imagine I could have water by pipe to my house because I live in remote area in north-east of Cambodia where communities depend on water from natural streams”. Poeun Pheap said.
Poeun Pheap family is one of 70 families who have got benefit from water supplies system, primary health and sanitation coaching from Cambodian Rural Development (CRDT) supported by Australian Government, Direct Aid Program (DAP). She is using water for both household and vegetable growing. She said, “I use in average 5 to 6 m3 monthly, but sometimes I use more water when I need water to watering my vegetable. The price of water per 1 m3 is 1000R which it is suitable price. I earn more money when I sell my vegetables in the market”.
Aside from this positive impact on her daily life , Poeun Pheap has time to take care of her family without getting worried about lacking of water for daily use. Now she has time to practice the method coaching from CRDT project staff on primary health.
Based on the success of installation of water promotion for health among indigenous people in Pu Char village, Cambodia Rural Development Team (CRDT) will implement more project in its target area for water and sanitation promotion.