Latrines improve lives in Cambodia
After receiving, using, and maintaining a BioSand Water Filter that provide them with clean water, families also receive materials to construct a latrine.
"I prayed to have a latrine."
That's not the kind of prayer that Canadians often hear, but for
Ing Sarim, a 54-year old wife and mother in Cambodia, it was a
heartfelt prayer. Sarim lives with her husband and five children in
a small village, farming and making palm sugar to earn an
After receiving, using, and maintaining a BioSand Water Filter
that provided them with clean water, Sarim's family was pleased to
also receive a set of latrine construction materials. "I am happy
because my family won't have to defecate in the open rice field, in
a bushy area, or use someone else's latrine anymore," she said.
Her family chose to invest some of their meager savings in the
construction project, adding a bathing area that will improve
health and hygiene. "I am very happy to have an additional
sanitation facility added on top of safe drinking water," she
Sarim observed that having the latrine and bathing place
together would help her family's hygiene, and she is happy that she
won't have to be embarrassed about defecating in an open field or
afraid, while there, of being bitten by snakes.
Speaking at a health and hygiene presentation to 75 of
her fellow villagers, Sarim promised, "I will use my new knowledge
from lessons on sanitation and hygiene . . . so that my family's
health will improve increasingly, helping me to reach for my
about joining a Samaritan's Purse Teams Mission Trip and
building latrines for people like Sarim.
Ways you can help
The people of Cambodia have endured such suffering. Please pray that they will hear God's message of love and redemption as Samaritan's Purse provides clean water to their communities.
Your gift of $150 builds a latrine, giving a family dignity and helping prevent the spread of deadly disease. Donate Here