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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Emergency Flood Relief Update

Flood update — JWOC delivers much needed relief

Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC) has been working to deliver much needed relief to Tropeang Ses and Veal Villages.
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On Saturday October 12, the JWOC staff worked together to put health and hygiene packs together ready for distribution by the Clean Water and Community Liaison and Assistance (CL&A) teams on Sunday.  Each pack contains 3 bars of soap, 2 10ml iodine bottles and 8 clear water tablets.
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Community Liaison and Assistance manager Konthea, Bunroeun and Vantha assemble clean water packages for delivery.
The next day, the teams distributed 285 hygiene packs to as many families.  106 hygiene packs were distributed by our teams in Tropeang Ses and 179 in Veal, both nearby squatter villages where many of the JWOC school students come from.
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A scholarship student explains how to use the clean water packages in Tropeang Ses village.
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Health and needs assessment is conducted to determine the needs of each individual village.
The heavy rains have stopped for now and the flooding is going down.  However,  the drainage around Tropeang Ses village is still blocked and the area is still severely flooded, with water levels above the knee as there is nowhere for the water to drain to.
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A mother accepts a hygiene package.
On Saturday October 19, the CL&A team distributed hygiene packs to 36 families in this block and will continue working with them as they are at high risk still of water-related and mosquito-borne diseases. 
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Volunteer students were a key part of getting the emergency services to the people in the villages.
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A local woman listens to instructions on how to use the clean water tablets to keep from contracting water-borne diseases and how the iodine can be used to clean cuts to prevent infection.
JWOC is thankful for the support of all donors who helped to make it possible to provide this much-needed immediate relief.

 

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