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Action Against Hunger works with local communities to identify simple and effective solutions to help families reduce the impact of unpredictable rainfall. One of these solutions: new freshwater basins, built to collect and store water – finally a reliable and sustainable source of water, whatever the weather.
Kannika Kang, an Action Against Hunger community mobilization expert, works with communities to build dozens of new water pools in the villages of Preah Vihear.
Early in the morning, Kannika goes to the surrounding villages. From time to time, when she visits a village very far from the town of Preah Vihear, she stays there. She feels at home everywhere: « I sleep in the villagers’ houses and I have feel like I am part of their family ».
During her first evaluations, Kannika helped to identify the best locations for the new pools, collected authorisations and permissions from different local authorities, selected participants for programmes, based on income level. She also made the villagers aware of the project and its benefits.
Despite the challenges, Kannika knows that her efforts will pay off:
« It’s not easy to convince villagers to dig pools. I spent a lot of time explaining the benefits to them: bathing, watering plants and crops. They ended up accepting », she says.
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