We are partnering with Neverthirst in Cambodia to bring sustainable clean water access to 5,000 people. By distributing bio-sand filters, families will be able to filter water in their home, decreasing the waterborne illnesses that are common in this area.
During the dry season 5 million people in Cambodia collect water from unsafe sources. Many home solutions for water access are ineffective and can lead to disease and illness. Which in addition to the dangers of diseases, there are added costs from parents missing work and children missing school.
ODW + Neverthirst
With this grant, our partner will be able to distribute 18 molds needed to build bio-sand filters. These molds can then be used to make 1,000 household filters annually. The filters are made from products that are available locally and are effective in removing the majority of contaminants, making the water safe to drink.
By working with local schools and churches, Neverthirst is able to better engage the community to encourage ownership, sustainability, and empowerment.
My name is Pastor Chea Mean, before we started the bio-sand filter program, the children used to drink water from the pond and there were lots of sicknesses and they are always visiting doctors. The dry season this year has been longer than normal so the villagers had to collect water from the pond more than usual and they drank water straight from the pond. We are poor and having lots of sicknesses keeps us poor. The villagers learned from the program that many sicknesses came from the unclean water. After they receive clean water they are very happy and can see the good effect of clean water.
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