In this post Project Manager Va talks about the impact of the road repair activity that took place earlier this year. The funding from this important food for work scheme came from those who responded to our emergency appeal at the end of 2011. To read the background to the activity click here.
Road Use and Impact Report
Lberk and Roharl villages are located in Duon Keo commune, Pouk District, Siem Reap province. Owing to the flooding in late 2011, the road connecting Lberk and Roharl villages was broken. To meet with the needs of the community, Community Liaison and Assistance Project discussed with community people to provide assistance in road rebuilding, for purpose of providing food for villagers and a good road for assess.
The road repairs were completely finished in February 2012, and it has been used for many different activities by villagers. On March 30th, 2012, Community Liaison and Assistance Team spent a full day to conduct observation and interviewing with some different people using the road.
In total we observed 354 people using the road, mostly using bicycle or motorbike, showing it is well used. To get information on the difference made by the road repair we also interviewed people using the road.
From the answers to the interviews we know the most common uses of the road were- going to school, going to the market ( to buy and sell) and going into Siem Reap town to work as a laborer on construction site. All of these activities are important for people’s economic situation. Other than these common uses we also found people travelling to the the health clinic, visiting family and going to work in another area. Everyone interviewed agreed that with the road rebuilt recently it helped and supported their travelling to their destinations quicker and felt safer on the smooth road. Below are some quotes from our interviews.