Over 500 wells installed and 15,000 people lifted out of poverty
The civil war was still ongoing when HOPE International Development Agency first became involved in Pursat, Cambodia in 1991. Back then, Pursat, in Western Cambodia, was one of the poorest provinces in one of the world’s poorest countries. While the need for our work there is still great, substantial changes have taken place, and it is estimated that HOPE’s work has lifted over 15,000 people out of poverty.
A large part of HOPE’s focus in Pursat has been on the provision of clean water and sanitation. Since 2002, 1,300 wells have been installed and continue to supply thousands of families with clean water. Families assist with installation of the wells and undergo maintenance training, so that they can take full ownership of their wells upon completion. These wells and the training, compost latrines and home gardens offered in conjunction, have enabled all these families to be in better health, increase farming productivity, generate more income and send their children to school.
Our micro-credit program, in which participants are given loans towards investments that will help them increase their income, has also been very successful. Over the years, loans have been issued to more than 1,000 families with zero defaults, and women have gone on to start small enterprises that have benefitted not only their families, but also their communities. Our animal bank, through which families can obtain their own cows or water buffaloes, has also helped farmers increase their crop yields and derive sustainable income through agriculture.
We work in education for youth in the province by constructing safe and durable school buildings. We are looking to expand our school gardening and lunch program, to better support teachers and undernourished children.
All of our programs in Pursat work in conjunction with each other – where we offer clean water and sanitation, we also offer micro-credit and school support – to ensure sustainable community development.
Water & Sanitation and Micro-Credit
|Ongoing since 2016||Constructing 150 wells and toilets, helping people with home gardens, health and hygiene education, microcredit
Location: Ta Deis Village, Toul Pong Ro Village
|2014～2015||Constructing 150 wells, helping people with home gardens, health and hygiene education, microcredit
Location: Preik One Village, Ankrong Village
|2012～2013||Constructing 100 wells, helping people with home gardens, health and hygiene education, microcredit
Location: Bot Romudual Village, Kandal Village, Prahos Kbal Village
|2010～2011||Constructing 100 wells, helping people with home gardens, health and hygiene education, microcredit
Location: Oromchang Village, Krorbao Village
School Construction and School Lunch
|2015||Building elementary school and installing furniture and fixtures
Location: Ankrong Village
|2014||Building secondary school and installing furniture and fixtures
Location: Preik One Village
|2013||Building secondary school and installing furniture and fixtures
Location: Ptea Rong Village
|2012||Building elementary schools and installing furniture and fixtures
Increasing the number of classrooms in elementary schools, school lunch program
Location: Oromchang Village, Chan Serey Village
|2011||Building junior high schools and installing furniture and fixtures
Building elementary schools and installing furniture and fixtures
Location: O Russey Village, Chan Serey Village
|2010||Increasing the number of classrooms in elementary schools, installing furniture and fixtures
Location: Domnak Kanseing Village