Saang

Saang's Community News



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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 


The Saang (pronounced saw-ung) community is located in a rural area near Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. The community is home to nearly 4,000 families. Some people live along the Basac River, where they fish and grow vegetables, while others live in the lowlands and grow rice. Temperatures are always hot, and there are dry and wet seasons.

Houses in Saang are constructed of wood, with straw, tile, or zinc roofs. Gravel roads are accessible by car, bicycle, and motorbike. Many villagers migrate seasonally to Phnom Penh to seek work in construction and thereby increase their family income. There is a strong sense of community in Saang, but communication with the outside world is a challenge because of the local lack of technology.
The Saang (pronounced saw-ung) community is located in a rural area near Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. The community is home to nearly 4,000 families. Some people live along the Basac River, where they fish and grow vegetables, while others live in the lowlands and grow rice. Temperatures are always hot, and there are dry and wet seasons.

Houses in Saang are constructed of wood, with straw, tile, or zinc roofs. Gravel roads are accessible by car, bicycle, and motorbike. Many villagers migrate seasonally to Phnom Penh to seek work in construction and thereby increase their family income. There is a strong sense of community in Saang, but communication with the outside world is a challenge because of the local lack of technology.
Advocacy 
  • 13 local government officials engaged in dialogue with citizens about nutrition issues
  • 1  community was motivated and equipped for advocacy work on child protection and safety issues, so more children can grow up in a safe community.
Child Protection
  • 341  children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 1001 children participated in child protection activities
  • 330 children participated in educational and life skills activities
  • 809 children participated in nutrition technical program activities
  • 130 adolescents participated in youth-focused activities
Education
  • 58  teachers attended training on child safety, equality, good discipline or classroom management, helping them provide a safer space for children to learn.
  • 47  teachers attended training on child safety, equality, good discipline or classroom management, helping them provide a safer space for children to learn.
  • 14  education officials were trained to supervise and support teachers to teach literacy, helping improve lessons in reading and writing.
  • 24  literacy group coordinators scored 80% or above in their training, improving how they educate boys and girls on reading and writing.
  • 230  parents of Grades 1 to 3 students were trained on the value of learning to read and quality education, showing them why children should go to school.
  • 76  books written in the local language were given to schools, providing students with reading materials that are age-appropriate and in their own language.
  • 11  reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
  • 2 education advocacy initiatives were led by vulnerable individuals
  • 14  meetings were held to discuss improvements to education, giving communities a platform to monitor progress and advocate for changes. 
  • 3 schools reached basic library standards
  • 7 student councils were trained to support literacy projects and foster good reading habits
Livelihood
  • 796  women and men are active members of a local savings group, helping them to become more financially stable.
  • 28  savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
Partnership
  • 7 micro-projects were run by community groups
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 71  households received hygiene training and now have hand-washing facilities with soap, enabling families to improve hygiene at home and reduce diseases.
  • 37  households built new latrines, so families can have better sanitation and a healthier home environment.
  • 217  people participated in hygiene training, campaigns or committees, learning habits to stay healthy and clean, such as washing their hands.
  • 112  more people now have a latrine or toilet at home, enabling households to have better sanitation.
  • 1  local community was trained in proper sanitation and no longer had people defecating in open spaces, helping protect more children from diseases.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019          

Explore Saang

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Saang

Education
There are schools in the Saang community, but teachers have limited resources and training. It is difficult for some parents to understand the value of an education for their children or to afford the school fees. As a result, many children attend school sporadically or leave altogether because they are required to work to support their families.

Early marriage for Cambodian girls is common, which contributes further to the high dropout rate in the community. In fact, only half of the youth in Saang attend secondary school.

Food
People living in the Saang community regularly experience food shortages, particularly between the months of September and November. This is due to decreasing crop yields, caused in turn by depleted soil, outdated farming techniques, insect infestations, unstable weather, and changes in market prices.

Water and Sanitation
Although many families have access to wells, arsenic from groundwater sometimes seeps into these sources, making the water undrinkable. If consumed, the contamination in the water can lead to skin disease and cancer. Few families have been trained in proper hygiene techniques, and even fewer have access to adequate sanitation facilities. Just 17% of households have proper latrines.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Saang,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.