Many families in remote Sandan district in Cambodia's Kampong Thom province are living without access to clean and safe water, and are lacking in basic sanitation and hygiene. This combination leads to illnesses such as diarrhea, worms and cholera. When children and adults get sick, they miss school or work, reinforcing the cycle of poverty, low education, poor health and the unfulfilled potential of people with deep value, skills, creativity, and dreams for the future.
CWEF's BioSand Water Filters provide clean water to families in Sandan district, providing improved health and hygiene for 200 families and their children. In addition to the water filters, CWEF trains representatives from each family in proper care and maintenance of their filter, along with education on proper sanitation and hygiene, and its positive 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. For the families who participate, these improvements in resources, knowledge and skills will reduce sickness and will lead to more days each year in school or work. For the surrounding community, some of the people impacted will become advocates for improved health and sanitation practices, multiplying the impact to their neighbors and friends.
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