Ta Siem Bei Village
Water Project

Project Completed

September 10, 2019

“My grandchildren have clean water so they can go to school healthy.” - Sem

Village Water Project

Ta Siem Bei, Cambodia, Asia

GPS: 13.6307, 104.2488

253 people

  • Story
  • Updates 6
  • Plan
  • FAQ's


Clean Water, New Life: Sem’s Story

February 2020


When we asked Sem about the best and biggest change in her life since receiving safe water, Sem looked to her two granddaughters. Smiling, she said, “My grandchildren have clean water so they can go to school healthy.”

Sem lives in Ta Siem Bei village with her husband, Ren. Together, they have four children and nine grandchildren, many of whom live in the same village.

Last year, Ta Siem Bei village was gathering water from an open well and a pond. Today, the community has safe water.

“There is water close to home so I can water my home vegetable garden,” Sem said.

Not only does this help Sem and her husband eat throughout the year, it helps them save money since they no longer buy vegetables. Sem is also grateful for the improved hygiene and dignity that the safe water well has brought her and her neighbors.

“I can go to take a bucket shower anytime as the well is close by,” she said. “My grandchildren can also wash and shower without having someone help them.”

Safe water is giving grandmothers like Sem an opportunity to live in peace and tranquility. It’s giving Sem’s grandchildren the opportunity to go to school, and it’s giving all of the children in Ta Siem Bei village the chance to live life free from waterborne illnesses.

With safe water and sanitation practices, families like Sem’s are transformed. You can be a part of a transformation story. Sponsor a water project today, and follow along to see your impact.


 

Life in Ta Siem Bei: Choiy Story

April 2019

 

Choiy’s two children are too young to go to school, so they spend their days playing with neighborhood friends while Choiy and her husband work on their farm.

Day and night, Choiy hopes for their futures and for the futures of the children that may come after them.

“I want to see my children have a good education so they have good jobs in the future,” she said.

Choiy and her family are living in extreme poverty in remote Ta Siem Bei village, a community without safe water or healthy sanitation.

Each day, Choiy straps her infant to her back and rides her bike to the open well and a pond near her home. It is there that she’ll fill her containers. The pond water, she says, is used only for washing and cooking.

The open well is used for drinking; although it isn’t safe water, it gives her greater peace of mind.

Choiy and her family do not have a bathroom of their own, so they go outside in the fields.

“I feel afraid of snakes when going to the bush for the toilet,” she said. “I feel embarrassed.”

When heavy rains flood Ta Siem Bei village, human waste and trash from the field washes into their yards, and everyone becomes ill.

“My children get sick,” Choiy said.

Right now, Choiy and her husband are living on her grandfather’s land, and she hopes to one day earn enough income to have her own property.

You can help Choiy’s family and others is Ta Siem Bei village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Sponsor Ta Siem Bei village today.

September 10, 2019: Village has safe water source!

The new safe water source is now complete in Ta Siem Bei!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

August 16, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Ta Siem Bei. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

June 25, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Ta Siem Bei has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

February 21, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Ta Siem Bei has selected water committee members to manage the new village water source.

Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

October 3, 2018: CLTS Complete

In Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), each village goes through exercises that reveal how their current practices are making them sick, such as identifying all the places where feces are contaminating their environment. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and willing to make changes.

April 04, 2019: Project Created

Ta Siem Bei is in a very remote region of Cambodia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Ta Siem Bei:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Ta Siem Bei has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

In Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), each village goes through exercises that reveal how their current practices are making them sick, such as identifying all the places where feces are contaminating their environment. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and willing to make changes.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

ODF

When each household builds and uses their own functioning restroom, a community earns an “Open Defecation Free” (ODF) certification. Each country has their own processes and celebration for ODF villages, and it’s a huge accomplishment towards improved health for everyone.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Ta Siem Bei has selected water committee members to manage the safe village water source. Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

Construction Started

Work is officially underway to build a new water source for Ta Siem Bei village. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Ta Siem Bei is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 253 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Village Water Project FAQs

What is included in the cost of a water project?

When you sponsor a village water project, you are helping bring lasting change. Your gift provides:

  • House-to-house hygiene and sanitation education
  • Custom engineered water source
  • Construction of a safe water source
  • Community engagement by Lifewater field staff to ensure change lasts

Lifewater also provides:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Local church partnerships that equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability (funded by beneficiary communities on a volunteer basis)
Is this a real village? Am I impacting this actual village?

Yes! The village you are helping is a real village. All families photographed or shared from the project page have given their permission to have their information shared with you.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving. 

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.

Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization. 

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

  • Charity Navigator (four stars)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Guidestar (Platinum)
  • Great Nonprofits (five star)
  • Excellence in Giving

Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water. 

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches. 

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor. 

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices. 

Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Story


Clean Water, New Life: Sem’s Story

February 2020


When we asked Sem about the best and biggest change in her life since receiving safe water, Sem looked to her two granddaughters. Smiling, she said, “My grandchildren have clean water so they can go to school healthy.”

Sem lives in Ta Siem Bei village with her husband, Ren. Together, they have four children and nine grandchildren, many of whom live in the same village.

Last year, Ta Siem Bei village was gathering water from an open well and a pond. Today, the community has safe water.

“There is water close to home so I can water my home vegetable garden,” Sem said.

Not only does this help Sem and her husband eat throughout the year, it helps them save money since they no longer buy vegetables. Sem is also grateful for the improved hygiene and dignity that the safe water well has brought her and her neighbors.

“I can go to take a bucket shower anytime as the well is close by,” she said. “My grandchildren can also wash and shower without having someone help them.”

Safe water is giving grandmothers like Sem an opportunity to live in peace and tranquility. It’s giving Sem’s grandchildren the opportunity to go to school, and it’s giving all of the children in Ta Siem Bei village the chance to live life free from waterborne illnesses.

With safe water and sanitation practices, families like Sem’s are transformed. You can be a part of a transformation story. Sponsor a water project today, and follow along to see your impact.


 

Life in Ta Siem Bei: Choiy Story

April 2019

 

Choiy’s two children are too young to go to school, so they spend their days playing with neighborhood friends while Choiy and her husband work on their farm.

Day and night, Choiy hopes for their futures and for the futures of the children that may come after them.

“I want to see my children have a good education so they have good jobs in the future,” she said.

Choiy and her family are living in extreme poverty in remote Ta Siem Bei village, a community without safe water or healthy sanitation.

Each day, Choiy straps her infant to her back and rides her bike to the open well and a pond near her home. It is there that she’ll fill her containers. The pond water, she says, is used only for washing and cooking.

The open well is used for drinking; although it isn’t safe water, it gives her greater peace of mind.

Choiy and her family do not have a bathroom of their own, so they go outside in the fields.

“I feel afraid of snakes when going to the bush for the toilet,” she said. “I feel embarrassed.”

When heavy rains flood Ta Siem Bei village, human waste and trash from the field washes into their yards, and everyone becomes ill.

“My children get sick,” Choiy said.

Right now, Choiy and her husband are living on her grandfather’s land, and she hopes to one day earn enough income to have her own property.

You can help Choiy’s family and others is Ta Siem Bei village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Sponsor Ta Siem Bei village today.

Updates

September 10, 2019: Village has safe water source!

The new safe water source is now complete in Ta Siem Bei!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

August 16, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Ta Siem Bei. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

June 25, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Ta Siem Bei has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

February 21, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Ta Siem Bei has selected water committee members to manage the new village water source.

Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

October 3, 2018: CLTS Complete

In Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), each village goes through exercises that reveal how their current practices are making them sick, such as identifying all the places where feces are contaminating their environment. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and willing to make changes.

April 04, 2019: Project Created

Plan

Ta Siem Bei is in a very remote region of Cambodia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Ta Siem Bei:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Ta Siem Bei has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

In Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), each village goes through exercises that reveal how their current practices are making them sick, such as identifying all the places where feces are contaminating their environment. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and willing to make changes.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

ODF

When each household builds and uses their own functioning restroom, a community earns an “Open Defecation Free” (ODF) certification. Each country has their own processes and celebration for ODF villages, and it’s a huge accomplishment towards improved health for everyone.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Ta Siem Bei has selected water committee members to manage the safe village water source. Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

Construction Started

Work is officially underway to build a new water source for Ta Siem Bei village. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Ta Siem Bei is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 253 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

FAQ's

Village Water Project FAQs

What is included in the cost of a water project?

When you sponsor a village water project, you are helping bring lasting change. Your gift provides:

  • House-to-house hygiene and sanitation education
  • Custom engineered water source
  • Construction of a safe water source
  • Community engagement by Lifewater field staff to ensure change lasts

Lifewater also provides:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Local church partnerships that equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability (funded by beneficiary communities on a volunteer basis)
Is this a real village? Am I impacting this actual village?

Yes! The village you are helping is a real village. All families photographed or shared from the project page have given their permission to have their information shared with you.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving. 

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.

Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization. 

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

  • Charity Navigator (four stars)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Guidestar (Platinum)
  • Great Nonprofits (five star)
  • Excellence in Giving

Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water. 

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches. 

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor. 

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices. 

Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Your donation is restricted for use within the program region for which the water project is located. Project cost estimates are established from program averages across all Lifewater programs and are based on the population size of the village. Community contributions are included in the program costs but not in the program funding goals. Real-time results are provided from the actual project sponsored. Occasionally Lifewater will receive more contributions for a given project than can be wisely applied to that project. When that happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need in the same program region.

All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Lifewater has complete control over the use of all donated funds. Board-approved policy establishes that all gifts restricted for a specific project be applied to the restricted program, with up to ten percent used for administrative and fundraising purposes.