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. The UW-Madison GlobeMed chapter has partner with COWS in order to “enable women and vulnerable people to be self-reliant and enjoy a healthy, dignified” life. GlobeMed has participated in several projects with COWS addressing HIV/AIDS education and prevention, vocational training, latrine building, and water sanitation. The partnership is unique in the sense that we, GlobeMed and COWS, conduct surveys asking the near-by villages which projects would positively impact their community.
Our Project // $30,000 (over two years) to Install Water Wells and Provide Education on Safe Sanitation
In this year’s project, we will provide 30 wells in two villages of Kampong Thom, Cambodia. We will speak with village chiefs to determine how many families will be able to share a well based on proximity, size, and current access to clean water. The village chief will provide a list of families, as well as the number of members in each family to our partner organization in order to calculate this number. Because our project will span two years and two GROW teams, we will be conducting research at the halfway point to assess the villagers attitudes toward the project and the increase in their education about water sanitation. We will also look into the impact of the filters and if there has been a decrease in water-borne illnesses experienced by the villagers after the installation of the filters. In addition we would like the GROW team to evaluate the number of families using the wells and compare to the number of families that were expected to share them.
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