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Mar 5, 2019

Solang's Story

Solang with her BioSand Water Filter
Solang with her BioSand Water Filter

Solang, who is 44 years old, lives in Veal Pring village in Kampong Thom province of central Cambodia. Here, she stays with her second husband, Chamroen, who is 36. During her first marriage, she had three children who are now all married and have their own homes. Now, Solang also lives with a three-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter.

Other than farming, Solang’s husband goes fishing every evening in order to support his family. During the cassava season, he works for the Vietnam Cassava Plantation Company, located 100 kilometers away from his home. As a result, he is only able to visit his family every two to three weeks. While Chamroen is out working, Solang has to get up at 4 am every day in order to cook pork porridge and Cambodian noodle soup to sell in the mornings.

Solang lives alone with her two kids while her husband is out working during the cassava season. During this time, she used to have to go to her neighbor’s well in order to get water for her family for cooking vegetables and to drink. Solang often did not boil the water before she and her children drank it because it was more convenient for them. She said “The water is transparent, so I thought it would be safe to consume. We are all especially tired, and boiling the water takes up more time. However, my family and especially my kids often got sick from diarrhea and other diseases.”

Now, Solang is relieved of these burdens. Since then, she has dug her own well in 2015 and received a BioSand Water Filter from CWEF in early 2017. This made Solang very happy since her family now has easier access to safe drinking water. Through the BioSand Water Filter that CWEF was able to provide for Solang and her family, she can now dedicate more time and energy to her various jobs—growing vegetables, breeding poultry, and taking care of her children. Solang is very grateful to CWEF and hopes that this project continues to receive support in order for others to gain easier access to safe drinking water and live healthier lives with greater hope for their futures.

Looking into the future, we hope to reach even more families in Solang’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. 

Solang and her two children
Solang and her two children
Solang and her poultry
Solang and her poultry

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Dec 10, 2018

Meet Pastor Koy Thea

Koy Thea with Sokra and CWEF team members
Koy Thea with Sokra and CWEF team members

CWEF’s trusted local partner for the Cambodia BioSand Water Filter project is Pastor Koy Thea, along with members of the congregation he serves, Veal Pring Christian Church.

Pastor Koy Thea was born in 1971 and grew up in the Veal Pring neighborhood. His childhood got off to a tragic start: he was orphaned as a 3-year-old. A generous local woman adopted him, and he went on to complete his secondary education in 1987. Since that time, he has been serving the community as a teacher, and now headmaster, of the school he graduated from – Kampong Taben Primary School. He is married to Sokra and together they have four children.

Koy Thea shared with us that health was always an issue for his and other families in the community:

“My family and the people in my neighborhood often got sick by using dirty water. Diarrhea, cholera and poor nutrition were common problems.”

In 2005, Koy Thea also began serving as the pastor of the church in Veal Pring, and through his work there has become an advocate for spiritual and physical health in his community.

In 2013, he began cooperating with CWEF and has been working closely with our Health Programs Director, Kanhchana Thoy. Together with another pastor in the area, CWEF has worked with Pastor Koy Thea to carry out an Animal Gift project (which is being run by a committee of local community leaders and residents) and now, the BioSand Water Filter project.

“The BioSand Water Filter project has reduced sickness in our neighborhood, and people don't have to spend so much time collecting and boiling water every day. Personally, my family has saved money, which we have used for sending our children to study in Kampong Thom city.”

Looking into the future, we hope to reach even more families in Koy Thea’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.

Koy Thea leading a Bible study
Koy Thea leading a Bible study
Koy Thea constructing BioSand Water Filters
Koy Thea constructing BioSand Water Filters
Koy Thea with family
Koy Thea with family

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Sep 10, 2018

New BioSand Filter Means More Time for Vann

Vann, her son, mother-in-law and their new filter
Vann, her son, mother-in-law and their new filter

Vann is 36 years old and lives in Chheu Teal village in central Cambodia’s Kampong Thom province. As a toddler, Vann lost her right leg. Since that time she has walked with the help of an artificial leg. Similarly, Vann’s husband contracted polio and both of his legs are paralyzed as a result of the disease.

The couple is not able to own their own house, so they and their three children live with Vann’s mother-in-law at her home. Vann needs to go out to the rice fields every day to catch fish for cooking dinner at home. Her husband helps her with this work by fixing her fishing nets. Vann also needs to do the difficult chore of going into the jungle surrounding their village to find and cut firewood for cooking.   

In early 2017, CWEF began providing BioSand Water Filters for the first group of families in their village and the surrounding area in partnership with local government leaders and two local Christian pastors. Through this project, Vann and her family were able to install a BioSand Water Filter at their home.

With the BioSand Water Filter, Vann and her family are able to safely drink water directly from the filter, saving them much time and energy they used to spend in collecting firewood for boiling the drinking water they collect from a nearby well. Their water is now clean and safe for drinking, cooking, cleaning and brushing teeth. This additional time every week means Vann and her husband can use more of their time to work and earn an income for their family.

Like so many other people CWEF has been able to provide with improved access to clean water, Vann and her family have been blessed with more time, renewed health, new opportunities for income, and greater hope for the future.

With the gifts received during the GlobalGiving Accelerator campaign, CWEF Cambodia Health Director Kanhchana Thoy is now working with our local partners in Kampong Thom province to expand the BioSand Water Filter project there to reach 200 additional families with convenient access to clean and healthy water in the coming months.

Looking into the future, we hope to reach even more families like Vann’s 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.

Vann with her family
Vann with her family
Vann's husband, fixing the fishing nets
Vann's husband, fixing the fishing nets

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