Water is a fundamental human need. It is estimated that one person needs 10-40 litres of clean, safe water a day for drinking, cooking, washing, and personal hygiene. Access to clean water is a step towards improving living standards.
Education suffers when sick children miss school. Economic opportunities are routinely lost to the impacts of rampant illness and the time-consuming processes of acquiring water where it is not readily available. Children and women bear the brunt of these burdens.
Each water filter costs €15 and supports 1 family / 5 people
After establishing contact with the RDI (Research Development International) in Cambodia, Peter, along with SCAO staff visited RDI’s Cambodian factory for a tour. Here they also participated in a training workshop on how to present the water filters to the community. After this they returned to show the community the benefits of the water filters. It became apparent immediately that there was significant interest in the filters and so an order was placed the following week.
Since 2014, over 650 people have access to clean safe drinking water. Of this number 230 are under the age of 18.
When collecting feedback on the water filters, the families informed us that after only a month of using the filters they and their children haven’t had diarrhea. This was a clear indication that the illness that the families had been suffering from was a result of drinking dirty water.
This is a significant improvement and it is imperative that projects such as this continue to grow into the future. Water is one of the key elements to improving the lives of economically marginalised communities and is integral to overcoming poverty generally.