Field Notes for January and February, 2015

Every month we share updates on recent work from our offices around Asia. This month’s Field Notes has updates from the three countries we work in: China, Cambodia, and Singapore.

China: On January 30th in Guizhou Province Lien AID, held project management training for six Student Village Officers whose projects have been selected for implementation in China. The goal of the training was to provide additional coaching to the Student Village Officers on how to effectively document and report on water projects in the villages of Lianghekou, Tiantaishan and Baoyuan. These projects will launch in the first quarter of 2015 as part of the sixth batch of projects under our Village Water Management programme. More than 3,000 villagers will benefit from piped water connections in their households when the projects are completed by the end of 2015.

Cambodia: In February in Prey Veng province we trained eight Community Water Entrepreneurs along with water management committees and local officials. These water entrepreneurs and water management committees will support 8 new sites: two in in Kampong Cham and six in Prey Veng province. Next month we will hand over several sites to UNICEF and share pictures and stories of results from those sites.

Singapore: We completed a 4-month collaboration with students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Advertising and Public Relations Diploma Course. Taking on Lien AID as a client, the students were tasked to create an outreach campaign for Singapore World Water Day, encouraging youths in Singapore to take action against water pollution. Under the mentorship of The Hoffman Agency, the students developed detailed campaign strategies and plans, and in the process gained a deeper understanding of water issues both in Singapore and the region. We’ll be sharing some of their work in upcoming blog posts as well as the students’ take on this experience.

This month we will be celebrating World Water Day with #TheWaterMachine and an outdoor sculpture with the School of the Arts. More of our exciting activities in our next field note. See you next month!