Clear Cambodia is a local Christian NGO that received official registration from the Ministry of Interior of the Royal Cambodian Government on October 15th, 2010. Clear Cambodia has been implementing its water and sanitation programs since October 1999 (prior to localizing work was done through INGO Hagar International). Clear Cambodia's mission is to help rural Cambodian people sustainably improve their health through increased access to safe potable water, sanitation facilities, and a healthy and hygienic environment. All of our work is done in collaboration with community leaders and local authorities.
Communities where everyone has access to clean water, good sanitation and a healthy environment.
Access to water is not difficult for most of the population – 91% of households have water within 30 minutes round trip from their house, even in the dry season. However, access to safe drinking water is a challenge for many households in rural areas with 46% of rural households taking their drinking water from a non-improved source during the dry season, and 23% during the rainy season. While many households do boil their water, or treat it in other ways, according to recent surveys only 73% of the rural population are using appropriate treatment methods.
The impact of this poor water quality is extensive and contributing to the large number of people living with chronic diarrhea and other water borne diseases such as typhoid. Recent studies have shown 15-30% of children under 5 years have had diarrhea within the last two weeks. Young children are particularly at risk of mortality from such water borne diseases. Low knowledge amongst the population (20% of diarrhea cases in children under 5 receive no treatment) is a significant factor, contributing to an under- 5 child mortality rate of 54 deaths in 1,000 children.
Health services are improving, but still limited in many aspects such as staff and medical resources. In some areas Health Centers are difficult to access, located up to 1 hour away from households (which is a greater barrier for those of low socioeconomic status). Hospitals which would be needed for more serious accident or illness are even more difficult to reach. Local pharmacies, and sometimes private health services, are often more available but are not regulated and may offer poor standards of care, advice or medicine, as well as carrying a significant financial cost.
While there are continuing improvements, lack of access to safe water is still a major challenge for many people in Cambodia, one that has many serious consequences. Clear Cambodia strives to address this issue on a large scale, reaching as many people as possible to provide better access to safe water and as a result, a better and more health filled life.
To transform water quality, sanitation and health in target communities by making appropriate technology and education accessible to all.
To address the problem identified Clear Cambodia is focused on providing safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene to target areas. The approach includes providing both the needed hardware and the necessary knowledge to communities in order to change their practice and move towards a healthier environment.
It is important this change is sustained after Clear Cambodia has left the village or target area. Therefore, various stakeholders are equipped with the knowledge and practice required to play an ongoing role in maintaining and further improving hygiene behavior. This includes people that are part of the district, commune and village authorities, as well as volunteers in each community that can continue to maintain BSFs and other equipment, and remind people of the importance of good hygiene on a regular basis. The local church is also encouraged to play a role in their community, and those families who are using and maintaining their BSF well are recognized and promoted as a model for others.
The rationale is to provide a long term solution that is maintained locally, not only providing the much needed basic equipment for good hygiene practice, but also the knowledge and motivation to use it. The Biosand filter seems an ideal solution in this context.
The work of Clear Cambodia shall strive to uphold the following values:
Commitment: We will carry out our work joyfully using all our strength, mind and heart in order to help others.
Transparency: We will implement our work with clarity, accuracy and transparency.
Love: We will treat all whom we work with as we would like to be treated ourselves.
Integrity: We will be fully accountable to our stakeholders, always ensuring that our actions match our words.
Servanthood: Putting others first will be our strength and the source of our success.
Viriya has more than 18 years of experience in non-profit non-governmental organization management. He has led a variety of projects and programs. While working with Hagar International, Viriya was involved in establishing a water filter program which later functioned under his full responsibility. Headed up by him, the program progressively expended itself and was localized as a local non-governmental organization named Clear Cambodia in 2010.
Operations ManagerMonty has 21 years working experiences with International NGO related to Health, Education, Agriculture, Protection, environment, land concession, Gender, HR/ADM, Youth Development and Water Sanitation and Hygiene. Monty holds master degree of Development Management and been a Leadership Management Training of Trainer which is recognized by global institutes. Within 2/3 of working experiences, Monty stays in senior position and enjoys working as operations manager in Clear Cambodia starting in June 2015.
Water Filter Program ManagerHe worked four years in a hospital and eight years managing maternal child health programs in refugee camps. From 1993-1999, he worked in holistic development in slum areas with Servant to Asia Urban Poor around the outskirts of Phnom Penh. From 2000-2008, he managed a center for displaced women and children for Hagar International in Phnom Penh. Since then, he came to Clear Cambodia where he works with the Water Filter Program.
She has much experience working in finance and accounting. Previously, she worked with Hagar International and moved to Clear Cambodia in 2010. She enjoys her work and building her knowledge, skills, creativity, integrity, working with a good team and expanding her faith in Christ’s love. She enjoys challenges and the opportunity to make things orderly, and to keep improving her effectiveness and efficiency. She is very proud to serve with Clear Cambodia. Clear Cambodia helps her nation, and helps people have access toward a better life.
Human Resource ManagerSambath earned a Bachelor degree of Public Administration Law in 1992. He has more than 26 years of experiences in programming and management with non-government organizations (NGO). He has experience in social work, community development, child rights, and anti human trafficking. He has worked for Clear Cambodia for over a year and
holds theposition of Human Resource Manager. He has played a critical role and responsibility for developing new Human Resources and Administration policy as well as other staff capacity building projects. He enjoysworking with Clear Cambodia very much.
Vann Chhorvy Vanny
School WASH project manager
Chhorvy has 5 years experience in teaching and training at primary school since 1982. Beside her teaching experience, she also spent 7 years working for Youth with a Mission and another 2 years JICA-Japan International Cooperation Agency. Then, she started quite long career journey, 17 years, with Hagar International where she received several promotions and held different positions. Being with Hagar as a Reintegration Manager and then Case Management Manager, she worked closely with women and children doing counseling, advising, support work and management. Continuing a new chapter in her life career, she applied to work with Clear Cambodia in a position of School Coordinator in early 2012. This has fit well with her experience in teaching and training.
Technical and Water Service Manager
He earned Master degree of Business Administration in 2005. He worked 10 years for Ministry of Industry and Handicraft and other private sectors as a deputy team leader to manage and run sequence projects such as Private Sector Assessment, Enterprise Development Program, Capacity Building and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard (food safety, beverage and bottling drinking water) to promote the Small and Medium Enterprises Then, he worked another 5 years with UND/ CARRERE (Cambodia Area Rehabilitation and Regeneration) for decentralized program as advisor to Secretariat of Provincial Rural Development Committee in Battambang province. He has joined with Clear Cambodia since August 3, 2015.