Fletch­ers ful­fil school re­quest

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Stawell cou­ple Scott and Joan Fletcher have ex­panded their hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tiv­i­ties to in­clude help­ing pro­vide a toi­let block for a pri­mary school in Cam­bo­dia.

The Fletch­ers turned a hol­i­day ad­ven­ture in Cam­bo­dia six years ago into a reg­u­lar pil­grim­age to sup­port dis­ad­van­taged res­i­dents.

The farm­ers and Stawell Li­ons Club mem­bers have es­tab­lished wa­ter wells for vil­lage fam­i­lies through­out sev­eral self-fi­nanced vis­its to the Asian na­tion.

“While we were in Cam­bo­dia in Jan­uary last year check­ing on the progress of wa­ter wells that have been com­pleted, we were asked if we could help build a toi­let block for a pri­mary school in Siem Reap,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Pre­vi­ously the only toi­lets avail­able to the staff and pupils were three squat toi­lets that were in a poor and filthy con­di­tion.

“As a re­sult of this, most of the girls did not bother to go to the toi­let while at school.”

Mr Fletcher said the school had 2300 pupils, with half at­tend­ing morn­ing classes and the other half an af­ter­noon ses­sion.

“As this project was too costly for an in­di­vid­ual we ap­proached the Stawell, Ararat and Skip­ton Li­ons clubs to seek their help,” he said.

“All three clubs sup­ported the project and we also had sev­eral pri­vate do­na­tions from fam­i­lies in the Stawell and Skip­ton dis­trict, en­ablling us to raise $15,000.”

Mr Fletcher said a friend of the cou­ple, Danith Ny, who pre­vi­ously su­per­vised the build­ing of wa­ter wells, also took on the toi­let block project.

“We wish to thank Danith Ny and all the peo­ple for their con­tri­bu­tion to this project as it has made a huge dif­fer­ence to the lives of the chil­dren go­ing to school,” he said.

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