GlobeMed at Bethel University partners with Rural Economic Development Association (REDA) in Svay Rieng, Cambodia to provide rural families with latrines and water pumps.
GlobeMed at Bethel University + REDA
Rural Economic Development Association (REDA) | Svay Rieng, Cambodia
REDA provides capacity building and public health services to four Health Centers, eight communes and 80 villages throughout the Svay Rieng District of Cambodia.
“We believe these young people will bring energy and new ideas to the village communities. … We expect they will have some ownership of the projects they are involved with as they have been discussing the needs of the villagers and getting to know something about REDA and the people REDA desires to help most, the poorest families in Svay Rieng.”
– Mr. Or Chanthan, REDA Staff Member
About the Partnership
Rural Economic Development Association (REDA) was founded in 1993 by a group of teachers, nurses, and farmers to improve the living conditions of minority groups, women, children, and HIV+ individuals in a way that upholds human rights and peace. REDA believes that by strengthening the capacity of Cambodian communities, providing staff with professional skills, and advocating for equality and self-sufficiency for minority groups, they will contribute to a more peaceful and democratic Cambodia. The GlobeMed chapter at Bethel University felt immediately connected with Rural Economic Development Association’s grassroots, community-based model when their partnership began in the fall of 2011. Since beginning its partnership, the GlobeMed chapter has supported REDA’s water, sanitation, and hygiene programs by bringing water pumps and latrines to rural Cambodian families.
This year, GlobeMed at Bethel University is working with REDA to bring six Cambodian families safe and accessible means to clean water. They seek to fund toilets and water pumps for families living with HIV/AIDS in the community to help lower the risk of dehydration and the prevalence of diseases found in the present unclean water.
Over time, GlobeMed at Bethel University hopes to support the hundreds of rural families living with HIV in the Svay Rieng District who still require a means to clean water and sanitation.