Clean water in Bech Khlok, Cambodia
Bech Khlok is a small, very difficult to reach village in western Cambodia. As in many other remote villages, there is a considerable lack of clean drinking water in the village. The main sources of water for the villagers are artificial ponds or collected rainwater (only during the rainy season), as well as purchased drinking water. However, this is so expensive that it is unfortunately not an option for most families.
The water that is normally used for drinking, cooking or washing is usually highly contaminated with bacteria. As a result, children under the age of five in particular suffer from diarrhoea, are more often ill and are impaired in their physical and mental development.
To help solve this problem, Seed of small beginnings (Seed), our partner organisation, has started to provide access to clean drinking water. At the school in Bech Khlok, Seed built sanitary facilities in 2016 and installed rainwater tanks and three biosand water filters. In January 2018, Kleine Hilfsaktion e.V. supplied an additional 25 biosand water filters. But that’s not all. The families are obliged to take part in training sessions in which they are trained in dealing with the BSF, basic knowledge about hygiene and drinking water. Thanks to a generous donation from pupils of the Swiss primary school Clix, the wage costs of the project manager have already been covered and intensive and long-term supervision of the project has been guaranteed.
The next step will be to install rainwater tanks for all families so that they have sufficient clean water in their private homes. At present, they often have to use the water from remote and heavily polluted ponds for the filters during the dry season. This often blocks the filters and leads to unfiltered water being drunk again for a short time.
Most houses have a tin roof, which is a prerequisite for the installation of a rainwater tank. In the few houses with thatched roofs, the straw is replaced by sheet metal. In addition to this, rain gutters and water pipes will be installed on all houses. Finally, each tank needs a stable foundation before the rainwater tank can be installed and connected. The financing is provided by the Gymnasium am Neandertaler in Erkrath.
In der nachfolgenden Tabelle sind die geschätzten Projektkosten gelistet.
|Measures||Costs in $|
|Part-time worker for 3 months ($250 per month)
24x 2000 litre water tanks (incl. 2 tanks for the kindergarten)
3x 1500 litre water tanks (for small families)
Transport of water tanks
Rain gutters and water pipes plus connections = 27 x $30
2x sheet metal roof (installation is carried out by the families)
25x wooden foundations for water tanks = 25x $160
Administrative expenses (7 %)
Current exchange rate is 27.01.2019:
1 USD = 0.88 EUR
Date: 22. January 2019
Project coordinates: 12.6137890, 103.2793912
Status: In process
Sponsor: Gymnasium am Neandertal