Project #101 | Providing Clean Water in Cambodia
Our partnership with NeverThirst
In Cambodia, it’s estimated that nearly 5 million people (34% of the population) collect water from unsafe sources. Water treatment in the home is often inadequate to meet the needs of the family, and unclean water is most detrimental to young, developing children. This leads to the problem of poor health, increased expenditure on health and travel to rural health clinics, as well as long distances for families to travel to try and source potentially clean water.
Through this project, the community was able to successfully construct, install, and monitor 1,500 household water filters, providing household water treatment to over 7,000 people in rural Cambodia! Through monitoring and evaluation, it was discovered that post-installation, there was a 98.08% reduction in E. Coli found when compared to the previous source water.
Water is essential for life. Through this project, empowered by the partnership of NeverThirst, the community was equipped with the skills and resources to obtain efficient access to sustainable clean water sources that will continue to alleviate the risk of diseases for years to come!
Our collective impact
People Educated on Hygiene and Sanitation
Water Filters Installed
Meet Nob Doeun
Nob Doeun, 57, has a family of 8 and before the installation of their bio-sand filter they drank unclean water directly from open well and ponds that had no sanitation treatment. Most of the people if his community collect water from such sources and store it in a large storage jar before use. “I guess because we didn’t know any different,” he recalls, “that’s why we kept getting sick”. His children especially, as long with many other community members, suffered from multiple diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, worms, malnutrition, fever, and dengue fever. Much of his family’s income was directed towards buying medicine and healthcare treatment from the local clinic. Once NeverThirst team started training lessons on health prevention, hygiene, sanitation, and the use and maintenance of bio-sand filters, he began to understand more about the world of health sanitation. Non Douen knew that understanding wasn’t nearly enough to prevent his family from getting sick, he stated that “we need to practice and follow the lessons” as well. The training and installment of bio-sand filtration systems produced clean water that his family used for drinking, washing, cooking, and for the children to take filtered water to school. “After 3-months using bio-sand filters, my family’s health is better than before, thanks so much!”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our water & sanitation fund.