Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?"
The King will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me." .......Matthew 25
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Living waters in Cambodia - clean water and good sanitation
I am sure the situation has improved since then, but probably not by much.
Tube wells are considered relatively safe because the water is 'filtered' through soil and is relatively free from contamination as compared to dug wells. Water sources close to the surface are notoriously contaminated. Sanitation in rural Cambodia is atrocious. The World Bank-sponsored Water and Sanitation Programme reported recently that only 16% of rural Cambodians have access to toilets.
However, it is fallacious to think that just because water is visually clean, that it is safe to drink. Even filtered water may be contaminated by chemical pollutants from the indiscriminate use and disposal of pesticides, fertilizers and discarded batteries etc.
As we go to the villages, together with the placement of a school, we also construct a tube well plus toilets for the school. These are not too expensive to construct and dramatically improves the health of the children when they have access to good sanitation and safe drinking water.