Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home2/csacosa/public_html/lib/smarty/Smarty_Compiler.class.php on line 270

Clean water


In 2012 we visited two of the three schools of the village. Kim showed us his house and introduced us to his sister-in-law and his niece, who are both HIV positive. Later at the schools, we met the school principals and one showed us the first two latrines that have been built just 2 years before. None of the schools had access to clean drinking water. Not only because there is no filtration system, but because the wells that have been built years ago, have been dried up.

After two years of fundraising, a new water system was built for two of the schools in 2013. The installation of two clean water systems was one of the biggest projects for the village in recent years.

For each system a new and deeper well was drilled, so they get water during the dry season. A new solar system provides the power to pump the water up the well into a two-level water tank (to remove sediments). The water tanks sit on top of a water tower made of concrete to make it last a long time. From there it flows down through a two phase filtration system to a sink with 3 faucets. The sink has a lid that is locked during the night. The filter and electrical systems are housed in a small new structure to protect this investment and shield the batteries from the hot sun.

This is a major step forward for the schools because now all the students and their families have access to clean, safe drinking water. Over 50% of the rural Cambodian population does not have access to safe drinking water and 20% of the deaths of children under 5 are due to waterborne diseases. 

In the past they used a manual pump to retrieve water from an old well. But the water was not filtered, so they got sick by drinking it. In addition the well dried out during dry season. Now the students and families have access to clean water (photo) throughout the whole year.

There is a third school in the village that still does not have running, clean water. Muk Pen primary school has 319 pupils and we have committed ourselves to raise funds for this third clean water system. The overall costs for this project is $15,000. This is a lot and we can't fund it ourselves so that's where you come in. Please let us know if you want to help us in supporting this clean water project. 

For all of us, water comes out of the faucet, it's convenient, inexpensive and always there. For these kids and their families water is very precious and highly valued. They will get less sick and with improved health they focus better in school and learn more.

An additional side-effect from installing the solar panels and batteries for the water pump, is that they now have some light during the evening. Before, once the sun went down, it was dark - no light besides the moon.

 

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home2/csacosa/public_html/lib/html_entity_decode_php4.php on line 306

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home2/csacosa/public_html/lib/html_entity_decode_php4.php on line 307