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Aug 29, 2019

Less sickness, more income for Phoung's family

Phoung with her BioSand Water Filter
Phoung with her BioSand Water Filter

Phoung is 37 years old and lives in Chheu Teal village with her husband Sokheun and their two children. Their son is 11 years old and their daughter is 9 – both go to school at nearby Samrith Primary School.

Phoung shared the following with CWEF’s Kanhchana Thoy on a recent visit to their home:

“In the past, we used water directly from a ring-style water well. This caused us to get diarrhea and stomach pain, so I often spent time and money to go to the clinic in our village. This made it more difficult for us to make an income for our family’s living expenses.
During rainy season, my husband goes to catch fish from the river but he often had to stay at home because he got stomachaches and diarrhea, so he wasn’t able to spend enough time to bring benefits to our family from fishing.
After we received a Biosand Water Filter (#82) in January 2019, our family has been able to save time and our illness due to bacteria has lessened. I am healthier now for my work at home like cooking, feeding animals, cutting wood for cooking, and going out to work in the rice fields. Also, my husband is able to go fishing more often on the river.
We are so thankful that CWEF supports bringing safe drinking water to my family and our neighbors.”
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$100 provides clean water for an entire family.

Looking into the future, we hope to reach even more families in Phoung’s community with the precious and transformative gift of clean water.

In addition to the Biosand Water Filters, CWEF trains families in proper maintenance of their filter, along with education on proper sanitation and hygiene, and its effect on disease prevention and overall health. With proper care and maintenance, each water filter can provide a family with clean water for more than 20 years.

Thank you for your generous contributions to this project.

Water before going through BioSand Water Filter
Water before going through BioSand Water Filter
BioSand Water Filter in Action
BioSand Water Filter in Action
Jun 12, 2019

Rui's Story

We met Rui in 2015. She was 17 years old and in her first year of high school at one of our partner schools in northern Guangdong. Rui had a similar story to many of the young women in rural China we have supported through CWEF’s High School Scholarship program. Her father was suffering from a brain disease and was nearly paralyzed, and her mother struggled to support the family through her farming work alone.

With assistance from kind sponsors like you, Rui was able to graduate from high school in 2018 and she is now in her first year at Zhongkai University of Agriculture Engineering, majoring in Conservation. Rui was also recently accepted to serve as a volunteer with Shining Star, a non-profit founded by CWEF High School Scholarship graduates who are reaching out to serve young ‘left-behind’ children in rural Guangdong.

About her experience with CWEF and Shining Star, Rui shared:

“Through my connection with CWEF and Shining Star, I met a group of lovely sisters who could listen to me, understand my feelings, give me advice, and grow up with me. Some people say that when God closes a door, He will open a window for you, and I think that CWEF and Shining Star have been that window for me. I received not only financial help, but even more than that – love, a spiritual power. Now, I want to give this love back and pass it on.”

Rui as a high school student, supported by CWEF
Rui as a high school student, supported by CWEF
Rui participating in Shining Star training
Rui participating in Shining Star training

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May 29, 2019

How a BioSand Water Filter Increased Agriculture

Um Ron and his wife on their farm
Um Ron and his wife on their farm

Ron lives in Veal Pring village with his wife Rorn.  They have 6 kids—some work in Phnom Penh and others work in a different province. Their youngest child, who is currently 12 years old, was born blind and has been attending the Krousar Thmey Foundation for Blind children in Phnom Penh. Ron has been working as a volunteer with CWEF since 2008 during the Water Well project in their community. His wife, Rorn, is a very faithful woman who serves in the church and loves spending time sharing the gospel with her neighbors.

Besides farming and volunteering, Ron and his family bought a small plot of land in 2016 to grow vegetables. It is a small-scale farm that just supplies food for his family since they do not have enough time and the energy to expand and take care of it.

He shared: “When we take water from our well, sometimes we boil it before we drink it. Other times, we just drink it directly. We often get stomach aches and diarrhea, which does not give us enough energy to do other things.”

Through this project, Ron and his wife were able to install a BioSand Water filter in their home in 2017.

When we conducted a follow-up visit, Ron said “After we started using the BioSand Water Filter, we started getting sick less often and now have more energy and time to take care of our farm.”

By motorcycle, their farm is 5 minutes away and they have expanded their business by buying surrounding land and growing varieties of organic vegetables such as cucumbers, pumpkins, corn, beans, and more! They are very happy and thankful to CWEF for this BioSand Water Filter project since it has brought them easier access to clean water.

Looking into the future, we hope to reach even more families in Um Ron’s community with the precious and transformative gift of clean water. Please consider another generous donation today: $100 provides clean water for an entire family. 

In addition to the Biosand Water Filters, CWEF trains families in proper maintenance of their filter, along with education on proper sanitation and hygiene, and its effect on disease prevention and overall health. With proper care and maintenance, each water filter can provide a family with clean water for more than 20 years.

Um Ron and his wife with their BioSand Filter
Um Ron and his wife with their BioSand Filter
Their second daughter in law helping with the farm
Their second daughter in law helping with the farm
Outside their home
Outside their home

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