Each water well & filter costs $300 and provides a family and its immediate neighbors with easily accessible hand pumped clean water. On an average, 1 water well supplies 11 people. Prior to installing water wells, village families, mostly women and children, would have to collect dirty water from stagnant pools or contaminated streams. It takes one day each to dig a well and then pour the concrete. Digging the well employs three people. The drills we use are handheld to make is easier and more accessible. Each well has a signboard and this employs yet another person. The villagers are taught how to maintain their well.
At present, we work in Ampil Commune and surrounding areas. Ampil has 10 villages, with a total of 9,526 people. We have moved our water well construction to Banteay Srei & Angkor Thom with a total of 32,105 people in 20 villages. We have provided over 1300 water wells to date, serving 11,000 people.
We provide ceramic water filters to purify the water, so fuel for boiling can be conserved.
We organize hygiene workshops and instruct everyone, young and old, on importance of washing hands with soap and running water for which we advocate construction of simple Tippy Taps.
Water Well Maintenance Program
The world is littered with broken water wells. We do not build water wells and leave. We have a comprehensive program that involves:
- carefully selecting recipient families,
- compiling a family profile,
- identifying each well on GPS and
- implementing scheduled maintenance program.
We inspect wells regularly and replace and fix worn and broken parts. We even repair broken water wells that have been abandoned by other NGOs.
If you would like to contribute funds to refurbish an existing well or help us build a new one, please click here.
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Water Well Maintenance