Clean Water

According to a survey conducted in 2007 at the request of the World Bank, between 39% and 60% of rural Cambodians currently have access to clean drinking water (1). Many in the communities we work with still lack access to clean water. Others claim to drink clean water, but it would be considered contaminated by international health standards. Bridge of Life School is addressing the issue with an approach that focuses on awareness and the importance of using clean water to improve overall health.
Example of Contaminated Water Source Student Demonstration in front of New Well

In 2009 we began by meeting with the commune chief and asking him where wells were most needed. The first well was constructed adjacent to the school, allowing students to wash their hands and drink clean water (that passes through a ceramic filter, eliminating any bacteria or pathogens). The students are now able to use it whenever they wish, and they are encouraged to wash their hands with soap prior to attending class. Students spend some of their class time every month learning about hygiene related themes.

One of the Families who Received a Well Tour and Sopheap Teach a Hygiene Class

Between 2009 and 2011 we built seven wells throughout Kon Deng in Banteay Srey. Overtime, however, we realized we were not in a position to continue to build wells. They are expensive and we felt the money might be better spent on Khmer staff salaries and educational programs. We have reached out to larger NGO’s to build still needed wells, and instead refocused on awareness issues, going door-to-door passing out pamphlets on the importance of water filters and conducting classes for parents on their use and proper maintenance.

A Resident Enjoys Purified Water from Filter Students Pose in front of 100 New Filters

In 2011 we hosted a large group of volunteers. They were interested in the clean water program and agreed to donate 110 ceramic filters to residents. Several trainings were held and filters were distributed to participants. While we continue to run this program, it has taken a back seat. There are many larger NGO’s who focus specifically on clean water issues, so we prefer to utilize their resources when building wells or distributing filters. We continue to offer classes and frequently remind students of the importance of clean water and proper hygiene habits. That being said, water filters are still needed, as they tend to expire after a few years, especially if they are not properly maintained. If you are interested in donating filters, please contact us for more information. They costs approximately $11

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