Over the last few decades there has been progress in making clean water available to all, but there is still a significant deficit. Approximately 800 million people still lack access to even a basic drinking water service and globally at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces (World Health Organization, 2019). The cycle of poverty cannot be broken without clean water that is easily reached – not only are disease and even death rampant due to the lack of clean water but also education and the advancement of women and children are impacted (as they are spending so much time in obtaining water).
In Cambodia, approximately 4 million people lack access to safe water – 25% of the entire population. In rural areas this is evident. There is no piped waters and wells are relied upon – and if these don’t exist – usage is dependant villagers carrying heavy buckets of questionable water over long distances. Thereby impacting their health, ability to earn a living and schooling.
Access to Water
As health is important to those who rely on physical strength to earn money, we focus on two other areas: water and sanitation. OHF builds hand-pump wells for poor villagers in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia. Besides using water for drinking and cooking, some families use the water to grow vegetables on their land.
You can make an immediate difference to their quality of living! Make a donation of $1,000 to donate a well to 1 family in need.