For a child to be healthy, their environment must also be healthy. As pollution continues to damage our environment, the negative effects are most severe for the vulnerable.
EMBRACE is addressing environmental issues to help communities become more resilient to the effects of a changing climate.
Permaculture is a low-cost, sustainable, environmentally-friendly agricultural method. Through the EMBRACE project participants are learning to grow kitchen gardens, providing them with nutritious foods. Techniques such as organic pest control, rainwater harvesting, intensive farming, water-saving planting methods, and seed-saving are making a difference for families coping with decreasing rainfall and shifting climates.
WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) has a significant impact on the health of all people, particularly pregnant women, newborns, and children. Unsafe, contaminated water can cause severe illness including diarrhea and cholera. In the vulnerable, such as young children and the elderly, the consequences can be deadly.
Group training sessions are held through EMBRACE for community leaders and project participants to focus on environmental care and WASH practices to be carried out in people’s homes. Project participants are trained on the importance of sanitation facilities and how latrines are constructed to prevent diseases. The construction of sanitation systems reduces open defecation and decreases fecal water contamination.
In Cambodia, ADRA has been working for several years to bring the benefits of WASH to communities living in hard-to-reach areas. Srib and her family live in a rural farming village. ADRA helped Srib by providing a latrine as her family could not afford one on their own and were using open fields as their toilet. Srib and her husband are now the proud owners of a latrine. Their family is happier and healthier.
EMBRACE is working to implement environmentally sustainable approaches through WASH, permaculture, constructing latrines, and many more ways to deliver better results for mothers, newborns, and children.