Improving Cambodian living standards

Working with KAKO (Cambodians Help Cambodians), a small Cambodian NGO (non-governmental organization), and Philanthropy Connections, Local Bazaar aims to improve living conditions in poor Cambodian villages by working with locals to construct toilets and stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases, which continue to endanger children and adults.

The World Bank estimates that only approximately 30% of Cambodians have access to proper sanitation facilities, which is a huge problem in rural areas. For example, 341 villagers share two toilets in the village of Pro-Hut in the Siem Reap province.   Even in more developed villages, there is often only one toilet for every fifty villagers.

Lack of adequate sanitation, which causes high diarrhea and waterborne disease, has contributed to the preventable death of thousands of children. Areas prone to flooding have also seen a surge in contagious diseases such as Asiatic cholera and intestinal worm diseases as result of poor sanitation. 

This project aims to build toilets in the most impoverished villages and also educate locals on good hygiene practices, which will ultimately save the lives of many Cambodian children.