GlobeMed at UW-Madison partners with the Cambodian Organization for Women's Support to promote healthy and dignified living in Kampong Thom.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Founded in 2011, GlobeMed at UW-Madison partners with the Cambodian Organization for Women's Support (COWS) in Kampong Thom, Cambodia. Together, GlobeMed at UW-Madison and COWS work together to promote social justice and provide a better quality of life to women, children, and vulnerable populations in Kampong Thom and surrounding villages.
Our Partner // Cambodian Organization for Women's Support (COWS) in Kampong Thom, Cambodia
The Cambodian Organization for Women's Support (COWS) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1993 by a group of five women who recognized that women were unable to voice their needs within the restraining social structure. These founding mothers felt a great need for support and advocacy on behalf of Cambodian women and other disadvantaged populations. Today, COWS oversees a staff of 21 members and has been a respected NGO within the Kampong Thom district for 20 years. COWS strives to empower vulnerable populations to be self-reliant and achieve a better quality of life. COWS provides essential services for the communities they live and interact with, and they have projects in small business training, conservation, food security, good governance (human rights education), and reproductive health. GlobeMed at UW-Madison's current project with COWS aims to improve hygienic practices and lower the risk of disease caused by poor sanitation through installing latrines and implementing an educational campaign centered around healthy hygienic practices in rural villages of the Prasat Balang district. Since 2011, GlobeMed at UW-Madison has raised over $25,000 to support COWS' projects.
Our Project // $18,000 to Install 100 Latrines and Provide Education on Safe Sanitation
The Rural Family Sanitation project will provide poor families in three villages of Prasat Balang, Kampong Thom, Cambodia with easy latrines through IDE. The project will also consist of a sanitation education campaign to ensure that villagers understand sanitary practices and the importance of using latrines. This will be implemented holding a large community training by IDE within the village to educate on maintenance of latrines and the importance of sanitation and its practices. To ensure a full understanding of the significance of sanitation, two Village Health Volunteers in each village will hold three village meetings in the month after the large IDE training to further disseminate information.
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