A group of 20 Singapore architects and friends have come together for a worthy cause in Cambodia. Entitled Project 2020, this social project is in collaboration with the Cambodian Community Dream Organisation, Inc. (CCDO) under the WASH program. Project 2020 starts off with the Singapore architects designing 20 latrines for 20 families in Village Bustatrav, SvayChek Commune, Angkor Thom District, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The project aims to raise awareness of sanitation issues faced by impoverished villages in developing countries. All the architects involved have devoted much voluntary time and effort, creating pro bono designs for the village families. Each of the architects has also funded the full cost of building a latrine. With the usage of these latrines, the village households would be able to alleviate their current living and health standards. In addition, the group has raised more than USD$20,000 successfully through a crowd fund, to finance the building of a total 100 latrines in the province this year. The architecture fraternity has been brought together to make a social cause materialise into success.
In addition, it is a good opportunity for the architecture students from National University of Singapore to collaborate with the students from the American University of Phnom Penh and Angkor University. A total of 100 participants have taken part in the event with the local villagers in building 20 latrines simultaneously over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd Feb 2020.