Household water program means better health for families in Cambodia

A household water program from Samaritan's Purse improves health for families in Cambodia, allowing them to go to work and school.

Life wasn't easy for Khem Non and her family.

Like others in her Cambodian village, Khem and her family struggled to survive amidst repeated bouts of illness that sapped their strength and their meager savings.

There was no running water or sanitation in their village and most residents didn't know that the lack of proper latrines was ruining their water and contaminating their rice fields. The result was typhoid, liver infection, and parasites.

"Because we had a lack of basic education about healthcare and the environment, we never thought about latrine building," Khem explained.

Then Samaritan's Purse Canada, working through our Cambodian partner, came to the region with an offer to help improve people's lives through our Household Water Program, which improves water quality and provides health and hygiene education.

Khem's village learned about keeping food safe from insect and animal contamination, hand washing, fingernail cutting, and other basic hygiene measures. And Khem's family received a latrine to help keep their drinking, cooking, and bathing water clean.

"Now our living standard is improving day by day," she said. "Today, we have money to help our children go to school."

In another Cambodian village, Ket Sou has seen residents' health improve since the program began in 2011.

"We had always faced many diseases related to hygiene and sanitation, such as diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, and vomiting," said Ket. "But now we can reduce those diseases with better hygiene and sanitation."

This program also provides opportunities to tell people about another kind of water - the living water of Jesus Christ.

"Our health is improving, because we have applied hygiene and sanitation practices," said a grateful Ket. "We have gotten so much physical and spiritual knowledge (from this program)."

Ways you can help


Please pray that God would continue to work through Samaritan’s Purse and improve the health of Cambodians facing water-related illnesses.


About 842,000 people are dying each year from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation and hygiene. Your gift of $150 can provide a BioSand Water Filter for a family in need, as well as crucial hygiene training like Khem’s family received. Donate Here