Most rural Cambodian households collect their daily water needs from rivers or streams – this not only takes up valuable time (mainly women’s) but it also means that the water sources are often polluted, and that collecting water for agricultural purposes is not possible so fields are left unirrigated.
We support families to build their own rainwater collectors next to their homes, which is a relatively clean, free and close source of water to be used for household consumption. We also support agricultural beneficiaries to set up small irrigation aids such as river hand pumps, which brings river water closer to the fields and enables farmers to grow off-season vegetables and sell them at profit.
Open wells are constructed by the villagers themselves and fitted with platforms and hand pumps to provide communal access to cleaner drinking water. The construction of these wells has many benefits compared to deep drilled wells, in that they are relatively easy to construct, do not collect arsenic, and can be easily repaired by the community. Coupled with hygiene and sanitation training and education, these wells improve human health and provide water for vegetable gardens and livestock.