Two Bottles per Day
by Hannah Wideman, Samaritan’s Purse Intern
One of our interns observes how BioSand Water Filters not only improve families’ health, but also create opportunities to inspire others to be diligent about proper health and hygiene.
In Cambodia’s northerly Stung Treng Province, a 35-year-old woman named Chin does her best to care for her four children. She’s had an easier time doing so since recently receiving a BioSand Water Filter from Samaritan’s Purse.
But prior to having clean water right in her home, Chin had no choice but to watch her children—especially her two youngest—become sick time and time again from drinking filthy water. It was all that was available.
Chin told me that she used to boil her water before she received a filter. Even so, her children still experienced serious diarrhea and vomiting, so she would take them to the hospital. That hurt the family financially, because every trip meant more money out the door in the form of doctor and hospital fees.
But the diarrhea, vomiting, and expensive hospital visits as a result of consuming bacteria-filled water are just memories now. Chin reported to me that her children are diarrhea-free since using the BioSand Water Filter, and as for herself, she loves the taste of their newfound clean water. She says they use two bottles per day for drinking, cleaning, and cooking.
It’s amazing to see how the filters are changing people’s lives and circumstances. The reason Chin and her family captured my interest was because not only is Chin happy about her BioSand Water Filter and her family’s improved health, but she is also diligent to practice proper hygiene by using the filter correctly and keeping her latrine sanitized.
My hope for her family is that they will continue to be open to learning more about good health and sanitation. And as they put what they learn into practice, I hope others around them can also see their improved health and overall life.