Give Clean Water to Soeng Muoy Village

Give Clean Water to Soeng Muoy Village

Cambodia, Southeast Asia

Population: 248 people (57 families)

“The water is heavy and I slip on the ground a few times when carrying it home.” - Jel, mother of two

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Current water source

“The water is heavy and I slip on the ground a few times when carrying it home.” - Jel, mother of two

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Life in Soeng Muoy: Jel’s Story

Jel Romam places the 20 liter jug of water outside her home during the day so village children and her elderly neighbors can drink from it when they are thirsty.

Jel, 20, and her husband, Hiv, live in Soeng Muoy village, where the closest water source is an unprotected spring a mile away. On average, Jel makes three trips to the spring each day, averaging two hours every time.

The couple’s 6-year-old daughter is in kindergarten, and Jel carries her 1-year-old son on her back when she journeys for water.

“The water is heavy and I slip on the ground a few times when carrying it home,” she said.

When she isn’t collecting water, she is working on the farm with her husband. Jel proudly raises six pigs and 10 chickens. Still, the family struggles to have enough to eat, often eating plain white rice with salt when they do not have food.

It is not customary to boil the water before drinking it, and nobody in Soeng Muoy does. Drinking the water from the nearby natural spring makes Jel and other sick.

Other community members have suffered diarrhea, flu, and other illnesses because of the water, but they do not have another choice.

Like so many communities in rural Cambodia, almost nobody in Soeng Muoy has a bathroom; they must go outside in “the bush” when they have to go.

“I feel embarrassed when I see another person going to the bathroom, and I am scared of insect bites and darkness at night,” she said.

You can help Soeng Muoy today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village that will last for generations to come.

Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to share the love of Christ, teach healthy habits, and help people like Jel spend less time sick and collecting water, and more time together.

Here’s what happens when you sponsor a village water project through Lifewater:

Partner with a village. Your gift kickstarts a community water project.
Teach healthy habits. Small changes make a big impact on family health.
Build a well. The village contributes up to 15% for construction.
Measure impact. Local staff track success and provide support.
Engage the church. We equip local churches to love their community.

Sponsor Soeng Muoy village today.

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December 27, 2018: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Soeng Muoy! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

October 18, 2018: Project Created

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Life in Soeng Muoy: Jel’s Story

Jel Romam places the 20 liter jug of water outside her home during the day so village children and her elderly neighbors can drink from it when they are thirsty.

Jel, 20, and her husband, Hiv, live in Soeng Muoy village, where the closest water source is an unprotected spring a mile away. On average, Jel makes three trips to the spring each day, averaging two hours every time.

The couple’s 6-year-old daughter is in kindergarten, and Jel carries her 1-year-old son on her back when she journeys for water.

“The water is heavy and I slip on the ground a few times when carrying it home,” she said.

When she isn’t collecting water, she is working on the farm with her husband. Jel proudly raises six pigs and 10 chickens. Still, the family struggles to have enough to eat, often eating plain white rice with salt when they do not have food.

It is not customary to boil the water before drinking it, and nobody in Soeng Muoy does. Drinking the water from the nearby natural spring makes Jel and other sick.

Other community members have suffered diarrhea, flu, and other illnesses because of the water, but they do not have another choice.

Like so many communities in rural Cambodia, almost nobody in Soeng Muoy has a bathroom; they must go outside in “the bush” when they have to go.

“I feel embarrassed when I see another person going to the bathroom, and I am scared of insect bites and darkness at night,” she said.

You can help Soeng Muoy today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village that will last for generations to come.

Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to share the love of Christ, teach healthy habits, and help people like Jel spend less time sick and collecting water, and more time together.

Here’s what happens when you sponsor a village water project through Lifewater:

Partner with a village. Your gift kickstarts a community water project.
Teach healthy habits. Small changes make a big impact on family health.
Build a well. The village contributes up to 15% for construction.
Measure impact. Local staff track success and provide support.
Engage the church. We equip local churches to love their community.

Sponsor Soeng Muoy village today.

Read More
December 27, 2018: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Soeng Muoy! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

October 18, 2018: Project Created

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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

  • Water Committee Formed

    Water Committee Formed

  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

  • Construction Started

    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    Village Has Safe Water Source

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    Healthy Village

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Thong

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Samchhomchan

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Sim

Tiv

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Lim

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Bona

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Ang

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Chan

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Phaly

Oem

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Rith

Louer

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sokhom

Vorch

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

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Yan

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yek

Pich

Provincial Program Manager

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Lot

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