Mosquito Nets - a Joint Project
To mark International Human Rights Day on December 10th 2017, our Rotary Club colleagues in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, teamed up with the Cambodia Muslim Club to distribute 280 mosquito nets to a settlement of Cham boat people in a village on the banks of the Mekong River. The nets were funded by Amwell Rotary Club and will make an enormous difference to the health and wellbeing of the recipients.
In March 2018, 200 nets were distributed to primary school childen in two villages in Kampong Thom Province. These villages are located on the floodplain of the Tonlé Sap lake, and so have a high mosquito population in the wet season. Most of the habitants are either fisherman or rice farmers on sustenance cycles; many live on the brink of poverty where one illness or bad harvest can plummet the family into despair. The children were thrilled to be able to take home a new net to their families, protecting them from Dengue and Malaria.
In June a further 100 nets were distributed to Kindercare Medical Mission in the far North of Cambodia. In Cambodian hospitals, food and daily care is expected to be delivered by families. Therefore, carers and often entire families sleep on the floor in the ward, in the hallways or in outdoor areas to be close to their sick family member. The nets were much appreciated and surely a welcome protection.
Also in June, 275 nets were distributed in conjunction with Kids at Risk Cambodia, an organisation based in Siem Reap and run by a tight-knit group of dedicated local Cambodians to the residents of two remote, rural villages steeped in poverty. KARC works closely with village and commune leaders to identify the neediest of families and provides food and simple housing to ensure a safe and healthy living environment. The addition of mosquito nets goes a long way in achieving this goal.
Here are a few photographs from our colleagues in Phnom Penh. Moving the cursor over any of the thumbnail images, or tapping them on a touch screen, will display a larger version.