This is the third of a three-year project – and our six-year working with this amazing implementing partner! The project is providing families situated in rural Cambodia with access to safe and clean water through the provision of 36 pump wells, 2,160 water filters, 36 sealed concrete ring wells and 180 latrines. The recipients are also receiving vital hygiene and sanitation education and is providing around 3,350 families (over 20,000 individuals) with access to safe, clean water at an average cost of $6 per person!
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT
This project is being implemented by qualified leaders who have 22 years field experience between them. The project is effective in its on-going sustainability through the provision of education; training families and villages to oversee and maintain wells, and charging a small fee for all products provided to ensure a longer life span and community ownership. This means our donations go further! Our partners have just completed a similar project in another part of Cambodia helping 40,000 people gain access to clean water, a 67% reduction in illness, 80% increase in school attendance, increase in family productivity – especially benefitting women and children in the communities.
Entrust is not the sole donor for this project – our donations will be matched dollar for dollar by other investors. The quantities provided above are for the entire project – our attribution will be half of these numbers, still with the average cost of $6 per person.
This project is in rural Cambodia, where families have little to no access to clean drinking water. Where water is available it is generally unsafe, cause sickness and requires time and travel to access it. This means less time for other life needs and important opportunities such as education. Research has demonstrated that waterborne diseases, specifically diarrhea, are the biggest killers of children under 5 in the world. Lack of clean water and basic sanitation is responsible for up to 80% of all illnesses currently experienced in the developing world. For many families, this will be the first time ever they will receive access to safe clean water through the provision of sealed concrete wells, pump wells and filters.