Happy New Year!
Thanks to all of your kind hearts and generous donations, Planet Water has continued to be able to fundraise in efforts to bring clean, safe water and hygiene education to those in need in Cambodia.
Your support, especially in the month of December, gave the gift of water to so many children in need. Right now, today, over 1,000 children and their family members have seen a dramatic decrease in incidents of chronic diarrhea resulting from drinking safe water and receiving hygiene education. Do you know what this means?.... a decrease in absenteeism for the school children - allowing for more time spent at school and less time spent at home sick. This also means that young children and women can spend their days getting an education and helping to create economic prosperity in their communities instead of collecting water for hours each day.
Once again, thank you for giving the gift of water - your continued donations and support in these efforts are getting us closer to being able to deploy an AquaTower in Chey Village soon, so that another 1,000 lives can be transformed!
From the children at school drinking clean water for the first time, to the young girls and women who no longer have to spend their days collecting water, over 1,000 people’s lives have been transformed thanks to YOU!
For over a year now, since having clean, safe water from the AquaTower and receiving our hygiene education program, the children and families living in Taek Village are no longer suffering from waterborne illness! The AquaTower has made an impact in the lives of so many, especially the young girls who are now able to stay in school instead of spending their days collecting water. The students continue to bring the clean water home from school and their newly learned hygiene practices, such as hand washing, are now becoming habits.
Thank you for your continued donations and help in these efforts, as we are hoping to deploy the AquaTower in Chey Village soon so that another 1,000 lives can be transformed!
Last year, we set out to bring clean water and hygiene education to over 2,000 children and community members through the installation of AquaTowers in Taek and Chey villages in Siem Reap. Over the last twelve months, you have helped to transform the lives of those living in Taek Village...look at what YOU have done:
- Provided clean, safe water to over 1,000 children and community members for the first time through an AquaTower being installed at Taek Primary School
- Provided hygiene education to over 500 students...now, "98% of students wash their hands with soap" - as quoted by school Headmaster, Seng Sreilleak
- Improved school attendance by reducing the number of school days missed due to chronic diahrrea caused by drinking unsafe water
- Enabled girls to get an education by spending more time in school, and less time collecting water
- Helped to increase the economic prosperity within the community
- Empowered children to act as the catalyst for change within their families regarding the importance of clean water
Thanks to your generosity, we have reached over 50% of our goal! Do you want to continue to make a difference?
If so, donate now and help us reach our goal for this project by bringing clean water and education to over 1,000 people through the installation of an AquaTower in Chey Village.
If we can raise just over $7,000 in the month of June, the children and community members of Chey Village will also receive clean, safe water for the very first time by the end of the summer!
Thank you again for all that you have done!
It's been less than a year since your generous donations brought clean water and hygiene education to Taek Primary School in Siem Reap, and already you have transformed the lives of hundreds... Here's how...
Seng Sreilleak, school Headmaster, explains that, "since the AquaTower and Water-Health & Hygiene education program, 98% of our students transformed to drinking clean water and washing their hands regularly. Our school attendance is very much improved, and the student's families come to collect clean water because they've changed their habits too!"
A third grade teacher at Taek Primary, Saem Channan, is now able to teach her students about germs and how they spread, along with how and when to wash their hands through the hygiene education program. She explained that since she's been teaching the education program in her class, "I noticed my student's skin has much improved because they drink the clean water now."
Chhun Vannchhai, a 6th grade student, describes the impact your donations have made in just a few words, "I love this AquaTower very much! Now my family has no diarrhea. My father comes three times a week to the school to collect clean water from the tower. I wish to see that more AquaTowers be installed in other communities to help kids like me."
We wish to see the same - we are still fundraising for an AquaTower in the neighboring village of Chey. We only need $7,000 to provide 1,000 more children and community members with clean, safe water and hygiene education for the first time!
A big 'Thank You' for your generosity and support from the school and community of Taek!
Just six months ago, through all of your gracious donations, an AquaTower, along with hygiene education, was deployed at Taek Primary School in Siem Reap. Prior to the AquaTower, this school and community did not have access to clean water, causing many, especially children, to suffer from chronic waterborne illnesses.
Hear what the community is saying after just six months of having clean, safe water and hygiene education...
“I always bring my water bottle to the school to collect clean water from the water tower. This water is delicious and drinking it does not cause diarrhea. During the school time, my teacher encourages students to bring this clean water home. I really enjoy this tower and always wash my hands now..." said Sam , 11 year old boy at Taek Primary School.
“In the past, I neglected the clean water issue. When my family and I were busy with rice planning, my children drank water from the water jar and then they would have diarrhea. After the tower installation at the school, I can bring clean water from the tower to drink at my home. This tower also reduces my time to find firewood for boiling water, my children never get diarrhea any more, and my children's school attendance is very much improved. I thank the people who donated this tower to our community," said Mrs. Un , mother of three living in Taek Village.
Taek Village is the first of two impoverished communities we are fundraising for. Neither village has access to electricity or clean water. Sok Nha, school headmaster, told us, "Our students do not have access to clean water at school or at home. The most wanted thing, and highest priority for us here is clean water - it's more important than having electricity."Again, thank you all for making this dream a reality for over 1,000 people in need!
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