Resilient Homes and Communities (RHAC) is a 2-year project funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery through Habitat for Humanity Netherlands. The project, which runs from April 2018 to April 2020, aims to address low income and vulnerable groups’ – those who are affected with HIV, with physical disabilities, orphaned, etc. –rights to adequate housing and water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as increase their communities’ resilience to disasters.
In almost a year, the project has given 36 vulnerable families access to adequate housing including water and electricity. For some families who do not have electricity, solar panels are attached to their homes. At the same time, another 46 families received latrines to help them improve their health and safety. A new home with proper sanitation and livelihood for the home partners means a fresh start and the possibility to unlock their potential and consider a future for their family within sustainable communities.
The project also trained 8,475 primary students from 13 schools on personal hygiene and sanitation practices to improve their well-being.
Likewise, through this project, Habitat Cambodia will increase community resilience by engaging communities to use the Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) process, which will enable community members to share their own insights and analysis in making their shelters and communities safer even with the threat of a disaster. The PASSA empowers the community members to identify safe shelter-related problems existing in the community like natural and manmade disasters. Moreover, the PASSA group makes the community capable in providing sustainable solutions to such problems through optimum utilization of local resources, skills, and materials along with the appropriation of external support. PASSA also capacitates the communities to be a part of their own development process and carry out their own development by extending their reach to various services and facilities. To date, 4 villages have completed the PASSA training.