The Rotaract Club of Singapore (City) is a service club for students in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, which is under its parent group Rotaract Club of Singapore. The Rotaract Club of Singapore encourages international service projects as part of its commitment to International Understanding, a service-learning mission that aims to help the less fortunate in international communities and to let club members gain exposure to a world outside their own. Project Sothea 2017 follows the successes of previous projects such as - Project Angkor 2007 and 2008, Project Karawaci 2009, Mission: Peaceful Children Home 2010 and Project Sothea 2011 through 2016. These projects have all received top awards by the Rotaract Club of Singapore. This year, we are continuing our outreach mission to the rural districts of Battambang Province, Cambodia.
Project Sothea was started under the title - “Mission: Peaceful Children Home 2”. We were an offshoot from a one of the projects of Coast2Coast (Singapore), a youth initiative which organises volunteer outreach missions to Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and India. We began our collaboration with the Khmer Foundation for Justice, Peace and Development.
Project Sothea extended health education for the nearby village of Kamping Puoy.
Project Sothea expanded to include health screenings for the residents of a few slum communities residing in dump sites located in Phnom Penh. We formed yet another collaboration with an international NGO known as Pour un Sourire D’Enfant (PSE), which works in conjunction with a local charity, Solutions to End Poverty (STEP).
Project Sothea followed the residents in the slum communities as they relocated to SMILE Village, a new settlement built by PSE. We established a rudimentary healthcare system for the new community and aimed to inculcate hygienic lifestyle practices.
Project Sothea continued its expansion in Battambang, where we started health screening and education efforts in nearby Sra Kaew village to promising reception by the villagers. This was also the last year we spent in Phnom Penh as we handed over our project to another NUS student-led team to continue developmental efforts in SMILE village in collaboration with STEP.
Begun a collaboration with medical students from International University (IU) and nursing students from University of Battambang.
Made an agreement with Handa Medical Centre in Battambang to provide medical care at a discounted rate for villagers referred by us to their Centre.
Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International University (IU) Phnom Penh, which marked the establishment of our Cambodian Wing in IU. This aids in securing the sustainability of Project Sothea, a step in our ultimate aim to establish a functioning local healthcare system.
Creation of 2 new committees - Research Comm and Development Comm - to track the health situation of villagers, and to better serve their long-term health and infrastructure needs.
- Providing immediate treatment of acute illnesses and problems
- Setting up of a centralised health database for tracking of illnesses as well as characterising disease profiles
- Making lifestyle changes through education
- Teaching basic first aid and remedies for simple illnesses
- Implementing and monitoring developmental plans such as solar lamps and water filters to improve their local environment
Dangkut Thnong Village (aka Kamping Puoy Village)
- 1695 residents
- Significant number of migrants to Thailand for work purposes
- Common problems:
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Coronary Heart Disease
Anlong Svay Village (aka Sra Kaew Village)
- 2089 residents
- Generally a more well-to-do village, where a health post is situated
- Common problems:
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Peaceful Children Home II
- 41 children
- Orphanage run by our partner NGO Khmer Foundation Justice, Peace and Development