Providing students in need with safe water

January 13, 2014

by Ron Orcajada, Household Water Program Manager

Samaritan’s Purse develops the Samaritan Filter to provide Cambodian students with safe water for years to come.

It’s been an exciting week for Carolyn Truong, an intern with Samaritan’s Purse. In the past few days, she’s been travelling to rural Cambodian schools with Ray Cantwell, a Senior Technical Advisor who is helping Samaritan’s Purse install new filters in schools.

You see, for years, we’ve been helping rural Cambodian families access safe water through BioSand Water Filters. But many children still can’t access safe water in their schools—a problem that we rarely face in North America.

Carolyn and Ray are attempting to address this gap through the Samaritan Filter. 

At our partner’s sand processing facility in Kampong Speu, Ray and Carolyn enthusiastically climb up the support stand to assess the new design mechanisms of our latest prototype. 

The two engineers investigate the PVC pipe positioning, float valve functionality, flow rates, and base structures of the filter—which all come together to provide students with safe water. More than 50 Samaritan Filters have been installed so far, but Samaritan’s Purse is continuing to evaluate and modify the filter’s design to ensure they are as durable as possible. Every day, each filter can provide up to 2,500 liters of water for drinking and hand-washing at local schools. 

God is able to use our gifts and talents to make us a blessing to the rest of the world. It’s been challenging but fun work, and this past week has been worth it!