Give Clean Water to O Men Chey Village

Give Clean Water to O Men Chey Village

Cambodia, Southeast Asia

Population: 391 people (81 families)

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“We don’t have enough water for daily use.” - Hoiy, mother of three

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Life in O Men Chey: Hoiy’s Story

Hoiy Lay and her 11-year-old son live in O Men Chey village, where water is scarce.

Hoiy and her husband are separated, so she is raising their son, Phally, on her own. The mother of three’s eldest daughter is married with her own family, and her other son lives with relatives in another village.

Life can be unforgiving for a single mother, especially in remote and rural parts of Cambodia. Hoiy is a motorcycle taxi driver during the day. But, when she falls ill, she cannot work.

“When I fall ill, there is no one taking care of me because my child is small,” she said. “When there is nothing to eat, we ask for food from my relatives who live nearby.”

Hoiy gathers rainwater in a container outside her home, but when it stops raining, her supply dries up and she must gather water from a hand-dug well that is little more than a hole in the ground and open to every type of contaminant.

She says that she and her son almost never have enough water to drink, bathe, and cook. They do not have their own toilet, so they use the fields around their home.

“It is difficult when there is rain and the ground is wet while we walk to the forest to use the toilet,” she said.

Eleven-year-old Phally likes to study literature in school and wants to be an “excavator driver” when he grows up. After school, he spends time with the excavators as they clear farm land.

“I wish for my children to have good educations,” his mother said. “I wish to have a proper house built on our own property one day.”

Right now, unsafe water, illness, and poor sanitation is causing even more challenges for this single mother.

You can help Hoiy’s family and others is O Men Chey village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work house by house to teach families healthy habits that will impact generations to come.

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 O Men Chey village today.

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April 24, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in O Men Chey! 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.

February 21, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! O Men Chey 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.

February 2019: Project Ready
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Life in O Men Chey: Hoiy’s Story

Hoiy Lay and her 11-year-old son live in O Men Chey village, where water is scarce.

Hoiy and her husband are separated, so she is raising their son, Phally, on her own. The mother of three’s eldest daughter is married with her own family, and her other son lives with relatives in another village.

Life can be unforgiving for a single mother, especially in remote and rural parts of Cambodia. Hoiy is a motorcycle taxi driver during the day. But, when she falls ill, she cannot work.

“When I fall ill, there is no one taking care of me because my child is small,” she said. “When there is nothing to eat, we ask for food from my relatives who live nearby.”

Hoiy gathers rainwater in a container outside her home, but when it stops raining, her supply dries up and she must gather water from a hand-dug well that is little more than a hole in the ground and open to every type of contaminant.

She says that she and her son almost never have enough water to drink, bathe, and cook. They do not have their own toilet, so they use the fields around their home.

“It is difficult when there is rain and the ground is wet while we walk to the forest to use the toilet,” she said.

Eleven-year-old Phally likes to study literature in school and wants to be an “excavator driver” when he grows up. After school, he spends time with the excavators as they clear farm land.

“I wish for my children to have good educations,” his mother said. “I wish to have a proper house built on our own property one day.”

Right now, unsafe water, illness, and poor sanitation is causing even more challenges for this single mother.

You can help Hoiy’s family and others is O Men Chey village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work house by house to teach families healthy habits that will impact generations to come.

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 O Men Chey village today.

Read More
April 24, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in O Men Chey! 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.

February 21, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! O Men Chey 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.

February 2019: Project Ready
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  • Progress

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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

  • Water Committee Formed

    Water Committee Formed

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  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

  • Construction Started

    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    Village Has Safe Water Source

  • Healthy Village

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Meet the Team

Lifewater field staff walk alongside each family in all our program regions with persistence, humility, and courage.

Phaly

Oem

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sim

Tiv

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samnang

Khlok

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Phirath

Samchhomchan

Finance and Admin Officer

Bunhan

Dieb

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Samay

Yin

WASH Technician

Boremey

Sann

Human Resources Manager

Kunthea

Thorng

Finance and Administration Officer

Sophea

Yan

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yung

Ang

Finance and Admin Officer

Bona

Hounn

Junior WASH Technician

Sokhom

Vorch

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Rith

Louer

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sam Onn

Inn

Provincial Program Manager

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Varaseer

Chan

WASH Technician

Thida

Mourn

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Somaun

Tout

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Soklay

Lot

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yek

Pich

Provincial Program Manager

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Romanea

Thong

Cambodia Country Director

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Kim Eng

Lim

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

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