By Kanhchana Thoy - Cambodia Health Programs Director
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.”...$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.
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