Inspiring The Future: Project Battambang

“The future depends on what you do today” – Mahatma Gandhi

In the years to come, Project Battambang seeks to develop local village health support infrastructure and grow its scholarship programme in schools in Cambodia, but how can the project achieve their goal?

Organised by students from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the overseas community service project began in 2010 in response to the need for healthcare and educational services in rural communities in Cambodia. Today, Project Battambang serves four villages in Poipet province with health screenings that simultaneously connect patients to local healthcare services, and the Light A Dream Scholarship (LADS) programme that sponsors children who want to further education.

Project Battambang’s mission is to improve healthcare and education, and to empower youth (Credit: Project Battambang)

But Project Battambang wanted to improve the way they planned their projects. So the team reached out to WISE to find out how to conduct a needs assessment and monitor and evaluate their initiatives. “This will allow our team to determine whether our initiatives are relevant to and effective in helping the villagers”, says project head Jeng Long. “The training ensures that each committee within the team is well equipped with the skills required to critically assess our programmes and make the necessary changes to improve on the project”.

WISE facilitator Nicholas discusses the link between open defecation and diarrhea

Over three sessions in October 2017, WISE conducted training on programme planning, research methods, monitoring and evaluation, as well as monitoring and evaluation. Tools such as the logical framework matrix, which enables planners to articulate their understanding of how change can be achieved, were introduced.

Project Battambang put the design of their programmes into a logical framework matrix

Project Battambang was pleasantly surprised by the amount of effort that WISE put into tailoring the workshop to meet the team’s level of understanding. The training has given the team a framework to structure their decision-making process, allowing them to make more effective and well-informed decisions for the project.

WISE and Project Battambang both rely on your support to achieve their mission. WISE also offers training and mentoring in Indonesia, Cambodia, and Singapore.

by Luh Jenny Wahyuni, a volunteer mobilised through UNV’s online volunteering service. The article was originally written for the March 2018 edition of WISE’s monthly email newsletter.

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