Community development

Directly or through partners with intimate knowledge of the context, WISE works with communities to address their water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), waste management, and other priorities. We emphasise active participation and collective action with the community, where they have ownership over their own needs and decisions.

Residents of Phnom Village reflecting on their community’s stories though pictures (📷 Oct 2017)

WISE is currently running the Phnom sanitation project (Tbong Khmum, Cambodia) in partnership with Neakpoan Organization for Development (NOD), and is developing the Tapon drought project (Battambang, Cambodia) in partnership with Community Training Organization for Development (CTOD).

The team is also looking to develop projects across Indonesia and Cambodia.

Phnom Sanitation Project, Cambodia

Phnom Village has had the lowest access to sanitation in their commune. Over 70 of the village’s 101 households did not have a latrine when WISE first visited in 2016. WISE is working with Neakpoan Organization for Development (NOD) to improve sanitation and hygiene practices, starting with a latrine construction subsidy scheme for poor households. We completed a pilot with five households in January 2019 and are in the process of consulting with the village on next steps.

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Tapon Drought Project, Cambodia

WISE first visited Boeung Tim and Svay Sar Villages in June and August 2016, when the river had been dry for two years. Various challenges had prevent WISE and partner Community Training Organization for Development (CTOD) from starting a needs assessment, which was originally planned for October 2018. Positively, these challenges have been resolved and the team is in the process of conducting a needs assessment plan, starting with a return visit in March 2019.

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Moving forward

WISE is looking to develop new projects in Indonesia (Jakarta/Flores), Cambodia (Phnom Penh), and Singapore. If you are based in any of these locations, consider working with us as a partner or volunteer.