“Water for Cambodia” was created in 2002 by Middletown Rotarian Gunther Hausen after a visit to the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Its mission is to bring clean water, hygiene, and literacy education to rural Cambodian families, improving their health and helping to break the cycle of poverty.
With 20,000 filters in place, Water For Cambodia has brought clean water to more than 120,000 people in Cambodia. In addition to installing water filters, literacy classes and libraries are offered to young village women providing basic reading, writing and math skills. As the primary caregiver, they also receive instruction in health, hygiene and the proper use and maintenance of water filters.
A water testing lab monitors filter performance. This holistic approach is helping to break the cycle of disease and poverty. Watch this video below for a better understanding of Water For Cambodia’s work:
Providing clean drinking water to Cambodian villages by installing biosand filters is only one of Water For Cambodia‘s many projects. A lesser known yet highly significant part of what this Siem Reap NGO does is offering young women in the country’s rural areas with literacy classes.