We follow up the program with a 2 day WASH field trip, to help participants interact with the real-world applications of what they learn in Phnom Penh, apply the concepts they’ve learnt, and practice the Human Centered Design process, and related community development approaches they have encountered. After this, they have one month to create a concept design as a team, based on community identified needs. They then finally present their ideas to a forum of WASH specialists, who grade them on their ideas, and provide feedback and suggestions for next steps. In the past, teams have developed concepts addressing topics as varied as menstrual hygiene management in rural schools, perceptions and challenges related to the safe storage and management of rainwater, solid waste management, and a host of other topics.
The Center for Sustainable Water is currently partnering with the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), The Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), Engineers without Borders Australia (EWB AU) and WaterAid Cambodia (WA). The programs currently being offered by the Student Support Service Center include; professional skills development seminars and workshops, WASH careers advisory training and mentoring.
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