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ARTWATERENESS Final Exhibition

Posted: 12th Jun 2014

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image copyright Through Waters, 2014

RACHA is thrilled to announce that our partner, Through Waters, is launching its final exhibition of ARTWATERENESS in Phnom Penh. The exhibit, featuring artworks the team gathered on a months' long bicycle tour through Cambodia. The ArtWatereness team also partnered with two Cambodian artists to perform artistic research about water and what it means for all of us.

RACHA Visited by RESULTS UK and UK Parliamentarian Members

Posted: 2nd Apr 2014

RACHA was greatly honored to be one of the organizations visited by a delegation from the UK based organization RESULTS UK on February 21, 2014. The group was composed of Baroness Suttie, Michael Connarty MP, Laurence Robertson MP, Nic Dakin MP, Mark Pawsey MP, accompanied by Steve Lewis, Jess Kuehne, Megan Wilson-Jones and Reg Davis from RESULTS. RACHA Board member Mr. David Awcock, and a representative from Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Mr. Richard Winterton also attended.

Thmor Puok Water Station Launch a Success

Posted: 27th Feb 2014

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This lake, situated next to the Thmor Puok Station, provides the water for the district.

On Tuesday, February 25, local government of Banteay Mean Chey with RACHA's support, and the financial assistance from the Embassy of Japan, launched a Water Filtration Station in Thmor Puok District.

Over 500 Thmor Puok community members, schoolchildren, and district staff attended the launch. RACHA was honored to host several esteemed guests, including the Provincial Governor of Banteay Mean Chey, the Japanese Minister and Deputy Chief of the Mission to Cambodia, Mr. Higuchi Yoshiro, and his His Excellency Mr. Kosum Saroeut, the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Health, His Excellency Mr. Chou Yin Sin. The Provincial Coordinator of RACHA's Banteay Mean Chey Office, Dr. Kun Navuth, also spoke to those assembled.

RACHA Launching New Water Filtration Station in Thmor Pouk

Posted: 21st Feb 2014

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The Water Filtration Station in Thmor Pouk, Banteay Mean Chey

RACHA, in collaboration with local partners, has been working diligently over the past year to build a water filtration system to increase access to safe drinking water for the community in Thmor Puok District, Banteay Mean Chey. Funded by the Japanese Embassy's KUSANONE (Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Projects) Project, the station will officially launch on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014. Community members surrounding the Thmor Puok station will be able to acquire 20 liter of safe drinking water for 500 riels. The local government has also provided free water for ID Poor families to ensure equitable access to safe drinking water.

CHOBA's Suppliers: Putting Planning Into Practice

Posted: 10th Feb 2014

RACHA's successful CHOBA program works closely with local suppliers to provide delivery and installation of the latrines for participating households throughout Rumlech, Kampong Kdey, and Svay Donkeo Communes in Bakan district, Pursat. Throughout implementation, CHOBA has been working with three suppliers in the area, two based in Pursat and one based in Battambang, to meet the demands of the participating communes. Read more about them here!

East Meets West and RACHA to Continue Partnership

Posted: 23rd Jan 2014

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RACHA is thrilled to announce that it will continue its partnership with < a href = "https://www.eastmeetswest.org/">East Meets West in order to implement the CHOBA project.

USAID Partners Share Achievements and Lessons Learned

Posted: 3rd Jan 2014

At a well-attended conference at the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh on 20 December, RACHA joined other USAID-funded NGO’s RHAC (Reproductive Health Alliance Cambodia), URC (University Research Co), MSI (Marie Stopes International) and PSK (Population Services Khmer) to share achievements and lessons learned over the last five year period. Local partners, international representatives, and local authorities joined together to witness the successes brought about by these important organizations. usaid_slides_presentation_racha_maternalhealth

Updates on RACHA Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Projects

Posted: 4th Dec 2013

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We are thrilled to announce recent successes of our Water, Santiation, and Hygiene (WASH) programs.

Food Fortification Project Highlighted in Food and Nutrition Bulletin

Posted: 8th Aug 2013

RACHA is proud to announce that its work, in collaboration with the National Sub Committee for Food Fortification (NSCFF), has been highlighted in a special supplement to the Food and Nutrition Bulletin. The supplement is dedicated to nutrition issues within the ASEAN region and was published in June 2013. The Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed, academic journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation in association with the United Nations University (UNU)(link), and "is one of the leading resources used by researchers, academics, nutrition policy makers and planners in over 125 countries to obtain the most current research and policy information related to nutrition in developing countries". A report titled "Fish sauce, soy sauce, and vegetable oil fortification in Cambodia: Where do we stand to date?" appears on page 62 of the supplement and is co-authored by RACHA staff Chan Theary, Pol Sambath, and Sol Sowath, GAIN staff Dora Panagides, Arnaud Laillou, and Regina Moench-Pfanner, and National Institute of Public Health Cambodiastaff Saphoon Vonthanak, Chheng Kanarath, and Chhea Chhorvann.

RACHA Begins Implementation of CHOBA in Three Communes

Posted: 5th Aug 2013

RACHA began the first implementation stages of the CHOBA, CHOBA (Community Health Output Based Aid ) project in the Svay Donkeo, Rumlech, and Kampong Kdey communes of Pursat province in June and July. CHOBA's goal is to help mobilize communities to improve their hygiene and sanitation practices.

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Sng Oun, 50, along with her children and grandchildren, make up a family of twelve. They live in a modest ground level dwelling in Thmei village in the Svay Donkeo commune. The government classifies her as ID Poor 1, meaning that she lives at the lowest level of poverty in Cambodia, and spends most of her time looking after her grandchildren as their parents work in Thailand in order to send financial support to the family. Sng Oun attended the first CHOBA village meeting along with her community members. She learned how diseases are transmitted through poor sanitation and how this leads to chronic health problems such as diarrhea and other waterborne illnesses; problems she has seen firsthand among her family members. She knew that better sanitation infrastructure and practices would benefit the health and well-being of her family.

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