The Cambodian Well Project
Organized by: Victoria Valdes
EVENT DATE Jun 06, 2015
Antelope Ambulance Service will MATCH what is raised here!
What if you could alter the health of an entire region in just 10 days? One well provides a village with 15 years of clean drinking water. The Cambodia Well Project aims to raise money that will directly fund the establishment of wells in the villages within the northern Siem Reap province of Cambodia. One well can be drilled and accessible in 10 short days for less than $1,800.00. Villages within the Siem Reap province of Cambodia are established on quarries that make digging for water by hand impossible. Instead, locals are forced to trek though the jungle’s thicket over an hour to reach a water source which is often stagnant and contaminated with feces and disease-ridden mosquitos. As a result, the villagers (most of whom are children) develop dysentery.
Prevention is as simple as CLEAN drinking water.
ANGKOR HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
I visited this hospital in Siem Reap prior to my journey to the outlying villages. They informed me that their small facility serves up to 500 children each day. Cambodia is populated by approximately 13 million people, half of which are children.
1 in 4 children die before age 12.
The wells will be installed through Hidden Cambodia. I travelled with this adventure company while in Cambodia this April. It wasn't until I passed through an isolated village which could only be reached via dirt bike that I saw a well surrounded by children. When I approached it I saw the logo of Hidden Cambodia and the year it was installed written in both English and Khmer. We later passed through more, less fortunate villages that did not have a well. These people were forced to walk great distances (over an hour in most cases) to the nearest, often dirty, water source.
When I returned, I further enquired about their work outside of tourism. They then introduced me to their devout humanitarian efforts. It began with establishing wells, and they are now actively looking for alternative ways to clean water when it is available.
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