Total Cost: US$ 4500
Cambodia Well Project
In Cambodia, we are working in four provinces (states) through our local partners to improve access to water. While many people can get access to some kind of water the quality is often not suitable for drinking which then results in health problems such as diarrhea and other water related sickness.
One of our focus provinces is Stung Treng, which is located near the Laos border, in northeast Cambodia. The province is home to many minorities people groups and in many villages during dry season the people dig for water along the side of dried up riverbeds.
The preferred local water solution is an either an Affridev hand pump that is capable of lifting water from up to 50 meters, or a rope pump that can lift water from up to 15 meters.
Our Water is Life project in Cambodia is marked by the principles of; high quality hand pumps that when maintained will provide water for over 10 years. After a hand pump is drilled, we check to see if there is any arsenic present in the water. If the groundwater is safe the hand pump will be completed. We also place a high value on community ownership whereby every community needs to raise and deposit funds ($150 US dollars) for the future repair of the hand pump. Our local team also focuses on building community ownership and trains families in operations, maintenance and safe water storage.
The Water is Life project in Cambodia equips Churches to love and serve people through providing access to a hand pump that is close to the home and reduces the burden on women to collect water.
In 2017 our goal is to improve access to water for 100 communities in Stung Treng and other villages through installing 100 hand pumps that will provide water for over 9,200 people.
We’d invite you to partner with us in Cambodia as we stand with the local Church to improve access to water.
Anlong Chhrey village is home to 159 families in Stung Treng province. The access road to the village is poor and there are no nearby schools or health facilities. Everyday Ham Sokim would send her 12 year-old daughter, Srey Mom, to collect water. “I used to worry about my daughter’s safety when she would collect the water. There were often very big snakes, plus I would worry about the men in our village, as my daughter would walk alone. Now the new hand pump is so close to our home and this saves us a lot of time, I’m so happy. I’m not crying because I’m sad, but because I’m happy. I never thought we would have a new hand pump so close to our home.”