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  • Worked with rural communities to identify opportunities for improving food and water security, waste management, female sanitation practices, access to education, and diversifying income streams.

  • The trip allowed participants to discover the rural Cambodian way of life, along with the notable challenges and opportunities, and subsequently suggest practical human-centered engineering solutions.

Three Arup professionals: Beth Emberton (Birmingham, UK), Laura Elbourne-Binns (Melbourne, Australia) and Victoria Hann (Perth, Australia) were awarded a place on the Global Community Development Opportunity: Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Humanitarian Design Summit in Cambodia in July 2016. Beth, Laura and Victoria attended the Design Summit as Corporate Fellows, helping six EWB facilitators to mentor 55 Australian university students through human-centered design projects in conjunction with EWB’s Cambodian community partners Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT).

The team travelled to Phnom Penh for initial orientation workshops, then went on to the town of Kratie and the rural islands of Koh Dambong and Koh Preah to live in the villages for four days and lead participants in a human-centred design challenge. Twelve design teams presented different design opportunities for Koh Dambong and Koh Preah - some of these included rainwater collection, an electrical switch, ideas for practical science education, island tourism initiatives, enclosed communal stoves, a disabled access chair for toilets and improved female sanitation practices.

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