Hydration & school gifts -- dangkor Primary school, CAMBODIA

When schools are as poor as the Dangkor Primary School, it doesn’t take much time to look around and develop a project idea.  And because it lacks so much, it didn’t take long for the principal to give us a few recommendations and for all of us to agree on a project goal.   

Basically everyone agreed that the most important items we could give to the school were large whiteboards, everything else would be a bonus.  And for the students, we realized that the best gifts we could give them were water bottles.  Apparently, some of the village wells aren’t suitable for drinking water and some of the villagers are getting sick from them.  However, the school well is fine.  With the help of the teachers, we’re encouraging the students to drink at least one bottle of water while in school, and then refill their water bottles before heading home.  Not only are we trying to teach them about the importance of hydration but why it’s important not to drink from certain village wells.

We gave the school: 6 large white boards, 24 whiteboard refillable markers, 28 ink cartridges for the refillable markers (enough to last 1 to 2 school years), enough bars of soap for a year, two volleyballs, two soccer balls, one air-pump, one volleyball net, three large trash cans, and two water buckets.

Each student received one personal gift containing: one water bottle, one personal bag with two notebooks, 2 pencils, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 eraser, 2 red and 2 blue pens.

The total project was $784, directly helping 160 students.