Help Bol Go Back To School And Get An Education

"I really love studying and I want to come back to school. I want to get education and have a good job to help my family." - Bol

Kalenthea, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia

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Bol is 13 years old. She lives with her grandmother in Kalentea Village, Cambodia and has three younger brothers. Bol does jobs for people in the village such as mowing grass and harvesting Cassava to buy food for her brothers and grandmother. On a good day she makes $5.

Bol said, “I really love studying and I want to come back to school. I want to get education and have a good job to help my family."

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Help Youksy Achieve Her Dream Of Finishing High School

Youksy parents can’t afford to support her continuing her study after grade 7

Kalenthea, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia

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Youksy is 15 years old. She studied in grade 7 and has a younger brother. She lived in Samrong village, Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia. Her parents are not educated people and they can’t make money enough to support their family and their daughter to continue her study after grade 7.

Youksy is a clever student. She got certificate of achievement every year at school. She really wants to reach her dream to finish high school and continue studying at university.

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Help Champy Achieve Her Dream Of Finishing High School

Due to her family situation Champy had to leave school

Kalenthea, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia

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Champy is 15 years old. She lives in Kalentea village, Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia. Kalentea is a remote village where there is no electricity, and a lack of water. She has a mother and a younger brother. Her father died when she was young. She studied in grade 5 last year and she is an outstanding student in her class. She loves studying and has dream to finish high school. Unfortunately, since her family situation Champy had to leave school and help her mother to make money planting cassava for a business man. She makes 20000 Riel (5$ per day).

Champy said “I really want to go back to school. I want to run out of this poverty that I have been facing for years. Life without a father is very hard for me”.

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Help Seyha Go Back To School And Get An Education

“I really want to go back to school and get an education like other children in my village" - Seyha

Kalenthea, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia

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Seyha is 13 years old and lives in Kalentea village, Cambodia. She studied in grade 5 before she had to drop out because her parents could no longer afford to send her. She has 2 brothers and a youngest sister. Her brothers have married and moved to Thailand and she lives with her parents and her youngest sister.

Seyha's parents make money harvesting cassava by hand when there is work available. Chhunly spoke to Seyha and she said “I really want to go back to school and get an education like other children in my village."

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Help Nern Get An Education And Escape Poverty

"I want to go back to school but I think that I might not have a chance to finish my study because my family can’t afford for me to go to school" - Nern

Kalenthea, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia

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Nern is 14 years old. She studied in grade 5 and has 3 younger brothers. She lives in Kalentea village, Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia.

Nern said about having to drop out of school, “I cut cassava and mow the grass to help my parents make money. I make 20000 Riel (5$ per day). My mother spends that money for food and medicine. I want to go back to school but I think that I might not have a chance to finish my study because my family can’t afford for me to go to school and buy food without me working to earn money with them. When I heard there are donors who want to help me and give me chance to come back to school - I can’t believe that it is true for me. My parents were very happy. I want to get rid of the poverty like I am confronting every day by getting an education. I hope when I finish school I can find good job and help my family such as my younger brothers”.

For just US$320 we can send Nern to school for a year which includes food at school as well as a school uniform for $10, school supplies for $10 and a bicycle for $50 to get her to school (it's 8 kilometres from her home).

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Pov's Family Can't Afford To Send Her To School

Help send Pov to school and give her a chance at a better future

Kalenthea, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia

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Pov is a 14 year old girl. She lives with her mother in Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia and studies in grade 5. Her father has left for Thailand to try and find work as a Fisherman. Her parents can't afford to send her to school so she works with her mother in the fields planting Cassava for a local businessman and catching fish.

Pov said, “I have no hope to finish my study because my mother can’t afford me to go to school. I really want to come back to school and have a good chance the same as the other girls."

For just US$320 we can send Pov to school for a year which includes food at school as well as a school uniform for $10, school supplies for $10 and a bicycle for $50 to get her to school (it's 8 kilometres from her home).

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Prum's Village Has No Access To Clean Water

Help Prum and her whole village by contributing to 2 wells that will increase water security and lessen their poverty

Chambork Teb Village, Krivong District, Takéo Province, Cambodia

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Prum Vuth is 50 years old and lives in Chambork Teb village near the Vietnamese border. Prum has 2 sons and a daughter aged from 13 to 20. Prum works from home as a seamstress from which she earns up to 6000 Riel (USD $1.50) per day. Because of her financial circumstances she had to ask her eldest children to drop out of school to look for work.

Prum needs to spend a third of her income on buying water for cooking and drinking. But because her income is very small, she can't buy very much. It takes her and her daughter an hour each day to reach the water seller. She uses a cart to carry the heavy water and push it back home with her daughter. Some days villagers need to stand in line to wait for water at the seller. Sometimes Prum and her daughter arrive back home in the darkness and have dinner late in the evening.

There are hand dug wells in the village but they can only supply water during the rainy season. Some of the hand dug wells are empty and the villagers are worried about the water shortage. The entire village used to fetch water freely from the Kampuchea Kroum people but now they are not allowed as the Kampuchea Krom require it for their own needs. Now, Prum's family are suffering because of the money they need to spend on water every day leaves them short on money to buy food. She hopes that if her village has access to free water she will be able to use it for cooking, drinking, and washing. Moreover, she can plant fruit trees and vegetables in order to earn extra income. Money saved on water could be used to support her daughter going to school.

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230 Families In Tip's Village Don't Have Safe Water

Chhunly nearly cried when he saw the conditions in Sreng Meanchey Village.

Sreng Meanchey, Sala Krouv, Pailin Province

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This project was fully funded on launch due to the amazing generosity and support of Think 180!

Thourn Tip is 32 and lives with her husband and children in Sreng Meanchey village. They have permission to use a private water reservoir that was installed by a Cassava farmer but the water is dirty and contains chemical run off from the plantation. The village use it because rains are unreliable and they have no choice. Water can be trucked in to the village but the roads are bad and sometimes impassable so it is very expensive. Enough water for two days for Tip's family would cost half of her income for the same period.

Children in the village regularly get sick with diarrhea due to using unclean water and malaria from the tiger mosquitos which are common in the area. The entire village was full of joy to hear that we were investigating the possibility of a well project for their village. When the dry season comes they are suffering so much being unable to collect rainwater for drinking.

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Hoau's Village Has 310 Families That Need Clean Water

"If our village has 2 pump wells through this project we are so blessed, our lives will be easier than before and villagers won’t get sick everyday because of diarrhoea, typhoid, and other diseases from using unclean water”, Hoau said

Anlongsa, Banteay Meanchey

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"Our village has faced a lack of water in the dry season and it is almost dry again. Even now we are suffering. We currently get water from a small pond and more than ten families are accessing it everyday. Other families fetch water from the river. Unfortunately, the river is now dry and the water is shallow and it is not clean", Hoau Hert said. "We would like to ask for 2 pump wells in order to have enough water for the 310 families in Anlongsa village."

Hoau Hert is 54 years old. She lives in Anlongsa village and has 2 sons and 2 daughters. Hoau supports her family by growing rice 6 months a year and selling fruit and vegetables surrounding her land, such as papaya, bananas, and sweetsop. She said, "Last year her family had very big issues with no water because the small pond and river they use to get water dried up. She is now worried of the water drying up again since it is being evaporated and used everyday."

Hoau earns $5 per day (20000 Riel). She buys food for $2.50 and the other $2.50 she uses to buy water. But sometimes she couldn't support her family to buy water so she and her daughter have to walk 5 kilometres to the river to carry water home. She added, "it was very difficult to fetch water from the river because it is hard to access“. Besides that the water is dirty and isn’t good for drinking just for washing and cooking. Hoau and the villagers are very happy to know that this project will provide water directly to the village and help many poor families in Anlongsa to access clean water from the well and no longer need to walk many kilometres from their homes.

"If our village has 2 pump wells through this project we are so blessed, our lives will be easier than before and villagers won’t get sick everyday because of diarrhoea, typhoid, and other diseases from using unclean water”, Hoau said. The villagers would like to say thank you very much to the generous donors who have helped us here in Cambodia.

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Thnout Village Needs Two Pump Wells For Clean Safe Water

Bour Sek and her son sometimes don’t arrive home until 9 or 10 pm at night because it takes so long to travel to get water.

Thnout Village, Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia

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The village of Thnout in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia does not have enough clean water and needs two pump wells to supply water for the 380 families that live in the village.

“We are now using rain water for cooking and drinking. We use water from a nearby water source for washing because it it not clean enough to drink and cook. When the dry season comes we are facing a very bad water shortage”, the chief of Thnout Village said. The privately owned water source used by the villagers is small and runs out of water when it is dry. The villagers make a living by growing rice and fruit and vegetables such as Papaya and Sweetsop. Those that can afford it spend much of the money they earn to buy clean water. “If we have two pump wells our village will be safe for the next dry season”, he said.

Bour Kek lives in the village and is 46 years old. She has 3 children. One of her sons and her daughter are now living in an orphanage in Poi Pet city because she cannot afford to care for them or send them to school. She lives with her eldest son who is 19 years old and her husband and they grow rice to make a living. Bour Kek has a bicycle and she uses it as her transportation to bring papaya and Sweetsop to sell in the village and Sisophon city. Some days she earns 5 dollars but sometimes nothing. She said, "this month every house has Papaya and Sweetsop as well so not many buy hers". She spends $2.50 (10,000R) of this income to buy water for cooking and washing. Bour kek is happy that they have rain this month but she is worried for the next dry season. She said, "I will be facing a water shortage again for the next dry season if we don't have wells in our village we can use”.

When they don't have money to buy clean water Bour Kek and her son ride their bicycle to their closest water source near the national highway about 15 kilometres away. She and her son sometimes don’t arrive home until 9 or 10 pm at night because it takes so long to travel to get water. Bour Kek is delighted if her village can have a well and her neighbours who are in the same situation as her can have a clean water too. She hopes to have clean water safe from diseases. The important thing is that they will have clean water and she is grateful for this project that will save many lives in her village.

For US$1460, two pump wells can be built that will provide a secure source of clean and safe water for all the families in the village.

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Chea's Village Is Suffering From A Water Shortage

Chea said, "I am very happy if my village can have a well and many poor families like mine can access clean water"

Senk Thbong, Banteay Meanchey

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This project was fully funded on launch due to the amazing generosity and support of Immigration Express Christchurch New Zealand!

The village of Senk Thbong has 308 families that are currently suffering from a water shortage. They are afraid of running out of water because the canal they are using cannot supply the whole village.

Chea Savorn is 60 years old and lives in the village with her daughter and husband who is 63 years old. Chea and her husband earn a few dollars a day planting rice and harvesting bamboo. Chea said, "a few months ago my family faced very big trouble with a shortage of water in my village". They had no water for 2 days because the canal had run out of water and become shallow and dirty.

Her family currently walks 1.5km every day to collect water from the canal. "However", she said, "We will run out of water if there is no more rain in the next 1 or 2 months". The water is dirty and smells bad and she worries about getting illness and diarrhoea.

Chea said, "I am very happy if my village can have a well, many poor families like mine can have access to clean water". She hopes that when her village has wells she will not be sad and have trouble getting water anymore. She also hopes that the other families wont have to worry about getting illness, diarrohea and water shortages. She's also excited she can grow vegetables for food. She would like to say that she is very grateful to the donors and Well Directed for helping her village have a chance to receive clean drinking water from pump wells.

For US $1,500 we can build two pump wells to provide clean water for the 308 families for Senk Thbong Village.

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Samsun And Her Village Need Clean Safe Drinking Water

Samsun and her two granddaughters Siv and Pich drink water that is dirty and unsafe. Help provide water filters for them and their village.

Soun Sla Village, Battambang Province

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Samsun lives with her two granddaughters, Suv and Pich who are 8 and 7 years old. The parents of the girls left them to go to Thailand to work when the girls were very young and the family has lost contact with them.

Every day Samsun and her granddaughters go to pick tamarind fruit to sell to support themselves. One day Suv fell down from the tamarind tree and broke her leg and now has permanent damage. She now walks with a stick and can no longer climb tamarind trees. Since then, the grandmother decided to climb the tamarind trees by herself but the younger girl, Pich, insists on also climbing the trees because they are so poor. When they have finished collecting the fruit, Pich walks 3 kilometres every day to sell it. Samsun and her two granddaughters need a water filter since the river water is dirty and unsafe but they don’t have the money to buy one.

They are very happy, hopeful and grateful to hear that we might be able to help them with obtaining a water filter.

Every day Samsun’s family and the residents of Soun Sla village are exposed to the risk of disease from contaminated water. Most of the households rely on polluted river water to use and drink. The village currently suffers from health problems due to lack of access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education.

For $1500 we can supply 50 Sawyer type water filters for the village at a cost of $30 each. The filter removes 99.99999% of all bacteria and protozoa, such as salmonella, cholera, E.coli, giardia and cryptosporidium.

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Bo's Village Needs A Well To Provide Clean Water.

Bo is a single mother with two daughters, her family does not have access to safe water.

Toul Village, Kampot Province, Cambodia

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Bo Out is 48 years old, she lives in Toul Village where she supports her family by growing rice. She has two daughters Sekit age 10 and Sekom aged 8. They have no father at home. Sekit walks more than 3 kilometers from home to school most days. She carries two empty five liter containers with her to school so that she can fill them with water on her walk back. She fills them at a canal with a plastic ladel because the water is shallow and not clean. When they are full, she uses a yoke across her shoulders to balance the weight and walks back home – a journey of more than 2 kilometers.

Sometimes, the whole family go to the canal at night instead because the water seeps into the canal at a slow pace and often it is too busy from morning until evening with so many people waiting to collect water. They find it very difficult to get water every day. Now water is their biggest concern every day – even more than having enough food.

When informed that we would be putting a project up to raise money for wells, Bo Out said that she was very thankful to the donors and hoped that it would mean they would have cleaner water than the canal to use for cooking and washing so that they would no longer have so many illnesses like diarrhea and that her daughters would not have to go every day so far to collect it every day.

For US $1,160 we can build two hand dug wells to provide clean water for Bo's family and the 250 families of Toul Village.

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Help Us Build A Well For Vong's Village.

Vong and his wife Doung have three young children. The water they currently have access to is not secure, suitable or safe for drinking.

Roun Village, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia

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Roun Village in Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia is home to approximately 270 families. They have access to a nearby muddy pond that a wealthy landowner built for his workers (50 of whom live in village) however this access is neither secure nor does it provide clean enough water for drinking.

Vong (pictured), his wife Doung and their 3 young children live in Roun village. They have half a hectare of land on which they farm rice, this only provides just enough to live on and they're not able to afford to send their children to school. It is currently impossible for them to get access to secure and safe drinking water.

For $1,480 we can build two hand dug wells to provide clean water for Vong's family and the rest of Roun Village.

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