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Banteay Srey District, Cambodia
Partner: Planet Water
Total investment: $60,190 since 2015
Program Areas: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

The Banteay Srey District of Siem Reap Province in Cambodia is home to nearly 43,000 people across 35 rural villages. Locals make a living raising livestock and through subsistence agriculture, growing mostly rice. Recurrent droughts limit the land’s capacity to grow rice, impacting families’ livelihoods. Most communities lack a piped water supply, so the primary water sources are hand-dug wells and boreholes, which are often contaminated and cause water-borne diseases. 

Almost 90 percent of villagers drink unclean water in the village including myself. My children and I suffered from diarrhea and we had to go to the town to get cured.
~ Mr. Kong Mea, village resident

With support from Vibrant Village Foundation, Planet Water is installing water systems in six villages. Their systems pump water from an existing source to a storage tank and filter. The filter technology protects against contaminants, removing harmful organisms producing clean, safe water.

In addition, Planet Water delivers an education program to teach children the important aspects of hand-washing and protecting against germs. 

Achievements and Activities
  • Construct water towers in six primary schools giving 6,000 children access to drinking water

  • Deliver training on water, health and hygiene to 3,000 children