A snapshot into Water Projects in Cambodia
by Nicole Jones, Samaritan's Purse Intern
Samaritan's Purse intern Nicole Jones shares how we are working with our Cambodian partner and communities to provide safe water to people in need.
This September, I had an opportunity to observe and shadow our Cambodian partner’s community health education (CHE) team.
I visited lots of villages with the team, practiced my very elementary Khmer, and began to understand firsthand what it is like for our partners to promote the BioSand Water Filters (BSFs) to different communities.
When the villagers gather, our team shares the components of the BSF. Attendees can touch and feel samples of the sand used in the BSF. This sand is used to trap the illness-causing bacteria in many village water sources.
Along with teaching at community gatherings, the CHE staff conduct community follow-up meetings, where members can share their experiences with the BSF and have their questions answered.
This meeting was conducted 6 months after BSFs were first installed in these people’s homes.
At each of these meetings, local village leaders participate. They often encourage people to sign up for a BSF, and then keep track of the amount of people who sign up for filters. These leaders are the middle three in the photo below.
My time with the CHE teams was fun. They are a talented and engaging group who communicate well to prospective communities. And the children I met during my time in these communities made my heart melt.
Our partners' interactions with people showcase their passion to help meet the rural need for clean water, hygiene, and sanitation.