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We learned of Planet Water Foundation from our dear friends, Joe and Gina Grunfeld-and now, with each year we are able to provide for a community in need, we have a deeper emotional connection to the children, women and their families in Cambodia. The gift of water is life, and what could be more important to lifting up people who are so deserving?
Au Rumchek is the local primary school of Au Rumchek village located in Srenoi Commune within the Varin District of Siem Reap Province. Livelihoods depend on rice planting, crop subsidiary plantation, and raising farm animals. Some villagers are migrating away to work as laborers in the city of Siem Reap. The school and village both face health and economic challenges from lack of access to clean, safe water and electricity. Bottled water is too expensive for most to purchase, so villagers and students are forced to use untreated water from the nearby contaminated wells and ponds.
Because the majority of local community members and children of Au Rumchek Village drink untreated water, and waterborne illnesses are among the top health risk concerns. Miss Si Bora, school principal, explained that because the school is located far away from the town, they are challenged with water supply and electricity issues. Students are often absent from their classes due to chronic waterborne illnesses, thus requiring their families to spend money for medical treatment, which is often unaffordable. The principal wishes for clean water for the village and the school, in hopes of alleviating waterborne diseases and reducing health care costs for the community. Improving school attendance is his primary concern for long term success for the community.
Village: Au Rumchek
Beneficiaries (Students): 247
Village Population: 920
Number of Households: 180
"My school doesn’t have drinking water, so my mom boils water for me every day. I want to have good drinking water in my school so that my mom does not need to boil water for me."
- Khai Yeng, Grade 5 Student
"My school is located in the remote area and far away from the town. Our school does not have access to safe water for the students and teachers. We have challenges with this issue, and it seems that it remained unsolved and we have no clue when we can have clean drinking water. We wish to have safe water available in the school for the sake of students and teachers. This is so critical for everyone’s health."
- Miss Si Bora, School Headmaster
"The lack of clean drinking water access in our school has resulted in students frequently being absent due to diarrhea. Safe water is our first need and the most wanted thing here."
- Mr Thip Veasna, Grade 1 Teacher
"Our village is very poor, and we have no piped water or access to the electricity grid. The lack of safe drinking water in my village has caused many problems among our villagers - particularly for children."
- Mr. Chan Kosal, 39, Village Leader
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