Join Samaritan’s Purse in bringing clean water to schools in Cambodia!

Despite the vibrant landscapes and winding rivers that stretch across Cambodia, many Cambodians struggle daily to find safe water. Often the same water sources that are used for irrigation, drinking, and cooking, are also used by people and animals to bathe in. Faced with no alternative, people drink this highly contaminated water, which can result in severe diarrheal diseases and even death. 

Samaritan’s Purse is sending teams of modern-day Good Samaritans to help construct and install Samaritan Filters for rural schools across Northern Cambodia. In some students’ cases, these filters will provide the only safe water available to them all day. Teams will also have the opportunity to help with after-school programs and to visit other projects of Samaritan’s Purse, particularly those related to safe migration and human trafficking awareness.

Location: Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia

Dates: January 28 – February 8, 2017

Donation Amount:  $4,300

The above donation amount is tax-deductible and covers all team costs such as airfare, accommodations and meals, as well as a $1,000 contribution to help cover the materials necessary to build and install the $10,000 Samaritan Filter.

Volunteers Needed:
10-15 volunteers

Project: The Samaritan Filter for Schools is based on the proven technology we employ in our BioSand Water Filters. It uses large tanks and a unique combination of ‘slow sand’ and ‘biological’ filtration to quickly transform contaminated water into clean water. Here’s how the school filter works:

  • A school collects dirty water in a reservoir tank, which slowly releases the water into an adjacent filtration tank.
  • Fine sand and a biological layer of water in the filtration tank trap and consume disease-causing parasites, micro-organisms, and viruses.
  • More filtration occurs as the water continues to travel downward through increasingly coarse layers of sand and gravel where organisms die off without light and oxygen.
  • The gravitational force of the unfiltered water above pushes the filtered water through a pipe and into a large storage tank for drinking and washing.
  • For years to come, students can literally turn on the tap to safe water – as in Isaiah 44:3, when God promises: “I will pour out water on him who is thirsty” (NKJV).


Schedule Overview: The team will spend the majority of the trip in Banteay Meanchey province, working on the Samaritan Filter project and related activities. Additionally, time will be spent in Siem Reap, Battambang, and Poipet, where they will learn about human trafficking, illegal migration, and other social issues that Samaritan’s Purse and its partners are working to overcome in the region. They will also see the temples of Angkor Wat and learn about Cambodia’s history.

Accommodations and Transportation: Accommodations will be clean, safe, and basic. In Siem Reap the team will stay at a guesthouse or hotel. When working in rural communities on water filter construction, the team will set up a base camp with Samaritan’s Purse mosquito tents.

Flights: Teams will be travelling together from either Vancouver or Toronto to Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is the responsibility of each individual to arrange and pay for their own transportation to the starting point. Please keep in mind that this may include the need for overnight accommodations.

Next Steps: If you are interested in joining us on a Cambodia Water Projects Team, please fill out the corresponding online application found below.  Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a $500 initial donation. If you know of others who might be interested in this opportunity please forward this information on to them. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Phone: 403-250-6565 or 1-800-663-6500


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Please pray for Samaritan's Purse Teams as they prepare to serve the people of Cambodia. Pray that God will provide the necessary funds and resources and that they will be granted safety and health as they travel.


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