Yasaom Pir Village
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Meorn’s children experience frequent illness from the water. “We have no other choice,” Meorn said.

Village Water Project

Yasaom Pir, Cambodia, Southeast Asia

GPS: 13.582, 107.284

303 people

  • Story
  • Updates 3
  • Plan

Life in Yasaom Pir: Meorn’s Story

When the rainy season comes, the water floods the areas around the home that Meorn Romas and her family share in Yasaom Pir village. Though water is abundant, none of it is safe for drinking.

Their home houses three children, Meorn, her husband Koi, two sets of clothes each, one pot for cooking rice with salt, and hammocks and mats for sleeping.

Meorn’s journey for water takes her over a makeshift bridge to holes and puddles on the other side of her village; she often makes two trips a day.

Although she and her husband know that the water makes them sick, they don’t boil it. They only have one pot, and the family uses it to cook rice.

“All of us experienced diarrhea from drinking the water, but we have no other choice,” she said.

Despite the family’s poverty, Meorn and Koi are ardent about keeping their children in school.

“School teachers know that my children have no uniform and no money to buy one, and they still allow them to go to school,” Meorn said.

When Meorn needs help fetching water, Koi will go with her to spare the children from missing more school than they already do from water-borne illness.

You can help Yasaom Pir village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, their own toilets, and a new, safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ. With clean water, Meorn will no longer make the dangerous trips to collect water, her family will not suffer from waterborne illness, and the children will be able to stay in school.

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 Yasaom Pir village today.

February 13, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Yasaom Pir 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.

March 22, 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.

March 2018: Project Ready

Yasaom Pir 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 Yasaom Pir:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Yasaom Pir 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

Yasaom Pir 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 Yasaom Pir 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! Yasaom Pir 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 303 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Yasaom Pir: Meorn’s Story

When the rainy season comes, the water floods the areas around the home that Meorn Romas and her family share in Yasaom Pir village. Though water is abundant, none of it is safe for drinking.

Their home houses three children, Meorn, her husband Koi, two sets of clothes each, one pot for cooking rice with salt, and hammocks and mats for sleeping.

Meorn’s journey for water takes her over a makeshift bridge to holes and puddles on the other side of her village; she often makes two trips a day.

Although she and her husband know that the water makes them sick, they don’t boil it. They only have one pot, and the family uses it to cook rice.

“All of us experienced diarrhea from drinking the water, but we have no other choice,” she said.

Despite the family’s poverty, Meorn and Koi are ardent about keeping their children in school.

“School teachers know that my children have no uniform and no money to buy one, and they still allow them to go to school,” Meorn said.

When Meorn needs help fetching water, Koi will go with her to spare the children from missing more school than they already do from water-borne illness.

You can help Yasaom Pir village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, their own toilets, and a new, safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ. With clean water, Meorn will no longer make the dangerous trips to collect water, her family will not suffer from waterborne illness, and the children will be able to stay in school.

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 Yasaom Pir village today.

Updates

February 13, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Yasaom Pir 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.

March 22, 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.

March 2018: Project Ready

Plan

Yasaom Pir 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 Yasaom Pir:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Yasaom Pir 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

Yasaom Pir 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 Yasaom Pir 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! Yasaom Pir 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 303 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved