Water Well & Sanitation

Islamcambodia.org has provided clean water project, through the drilling of over 300 water wells, to the poorest families in the Muslim communities in Cambodia. The general poverty of the area has also led to the need for water projects designated for the benefit of the community as a whole. Islamcambodia.org has drilled wells and installed water pumps for seven additional community projects for none Muslim communities in many villages in Cambodia. The villages in which we work typically have no source of clean drinking water. Without access to clean water, families have usually relied on gathering dirty water from scum-covered nearby retaining ponds, or carrying water in plastic containers from far-away rivers.

The rainy season is waited upon for its source of water

There are three seasons in Cambodia. The cold season is between November and February. During daytime the average temperature is around 20 Celsius, and at night it can drop below 15 Celsius. Rain hardly pour during these months. The weather is much warmer during March until May. The air would also be filled with dust, especially in the rural area. At times the temperature can reach up to 35 Celsius, and rain is still rare during this time. The monsoon season starts from Jun to October. The rain would normally come in the afternoon, especially the drizzles.

 

This explains why dry season is prevalent in Cambodia. At times, 4 to 5 months would pass without rain. This is a challenge for the villagers. Normally those who live near the river would take advantage of the water source. However this task becomes difficult because the edges of Mekong River are steep.

Some villagers also cooperate to get a water pump. Water will be pumped from the river to a place that is accessible to the villagers. Sometimes it can flow directly to water channels next to the houses. However, the high cost of the pump and diesel to get it going make this unaffordable to villagers.

Therefore, another alternative for those who live near the Mekong River is to dig a well. Wells near the river would normally be deep, for water is contained at the ground level. To prevent landslide, Palong (materials like bamboo is used to channel water) need to be purchased as well. Without these Palong the well can only be used for a short time.

 

Those who are staying farther from the river do dig wells too. Pools would also be dug in the ground to accumulate water during the rainy season. This water will later be used during the dry season.

At the moment the Cambodian Government still cannot afford to provide piped water to the whole country. Such provision can only be found in big cities, where the funding comes from other countries. Japan for instance provides water for some residents in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.

The Cambodia Well Fund is implemented to accommodate the need for water for the villagers. Insya 'Allah, such contribution will bring huge rewards from Allah S.W.T.

A NEED FOR FRESH WATER

The Cambodian people endured Genocide during the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot era (1975-1979), resulting in 2 million Fetching water deaths or 25% of the population. Today, 65% of the population is under the age of 25 years. There is much needed to improve the country, especially in the realms of health. Families in rural area earn less than $2 per day and cannot afford to build water wells.

Drinking water is still scare at the rural areas in Cambodia. Most of the local people are dependent on the water from ponds, lakes and rivers for their daily use.  This water is not clean, which can cause diarrhea and other serious illnesses. To help the people of Cambodia, we have setup the Wells for Cambodia project. This is a non-profit,  non-political.

We need funds and support so that we can build clean water wells for poor families, to improve the health, life expectancy and living condition of our community. If you would like to help, we’d love it if you would make a donation so we can build a well sponsored by you!.

HOW WE HELP?

We help the families gain access to clean water in three ways: Water wells, rainwater harvesting and biosand filters. Everything changes when clean water becomes available! Sickness and disease is dramatically reduced. Water becomes available for growing vegetable gardens or for fishponds, addressing hunger and malnutrition. Children who previously had to work for hours every day hauling water are able to attend school regularly. Life begins anew!

Wells are often chosen by the village families, and they are a joint project with the villagers. The Village Development Committee, our staff and the well drillers decide on the locations. The villagers themselves dig the initial well pit, around 20 to 30 feet deep, using hand tools (hard work!). The well driller then drills a conventional deep-water well through the bottom of the pit, and concrete ring liners are put in place, forming a cistern to hold water. The well is capped, and a hand pump installed. The Village Development Committee contracts with a particular family for the maintenance of each well. The cost of each well ranges, depending on the type of well, Each well serves 5 to 15 families, depending upon the type of well and the proximity of the families.