Pirate Coast Paddle for Water 2012
A note from charity: water's Water Program Manager in Cambodia: “The most fascinating aspects of the BioSand Filter are that there are no moving parts to it and the sand doesn’t have to be replaced. There’s a small basin that might need repair or replacement over time, but these are simple fixes. Just like other water solutions, we know BioSand filters will stop working eventually but what we haven’t been able to figure out is when. The earliest filters were installed in Cambodia in the late ‘90s and they’re still working! So far what we’ve determined is that as long as families are interested in and keep using the filter, it’ll work and provide them with safe drinking water.”
Thanks to you, this community now has access to clean and safe drinking water. They've also been trained by our local partners on safe hygiene practices and basic maintenance of the BioSand Filter.
You may notice that there are multiple families in the community benefiting from the BioSand filter at the household level. Each family using the filter contributed toward their project's construction -- a small fee, but one that helps instill a sense of personal ownership for the project.
Note: You may have noticed your campaign funded additional projects in Cambodia. Our partner Samaritan’s Purse and their local partner Clear Cambodia were able to complete BioSand Filters in even more communities -- which means the money you raised is serving more people than we ever thought!
Because this is an extra project, the project sign reads mycharity: water.
We publish a project when we've approved a final report from our partners and made sure your project is working for the best of the community.
Cambodia has plenty of available groundwater; the problem is that not much of it is safe enough to drink. Most ponds or open wells are contaminated with industrial runoff, human waste or contaminants like arsenic and E. coli bacteria. Here, we invest in the BioSand filter (BSF), which uses stone, sand and a biological layer to remove 99% of harmful bacteria in water poured through it. Families build their own BSF and keep it at their home for daily use.
These are the GPS coordinates of your project, plotted in Google Maps. A GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinate is the exact latitude and longitude of any given point on the Earth’s surface. charity: water uses GPS coordinates to record the location of each water project we fund. Please note: there are many of different formats for GPS. We use degree decimal format.
This is the population of the community that has access to your water project.
The water technologies we fund depend on the region's water availability, culture and economic conditions. Our partners survey each site and meet with the communities to determine the best solution. This community received BioSand filters which remove contaminants using sand, stone and a microbial film. One BSF purifies water for a household of 5-8 people.
This is the cost of the water project you funded. Costs vary by country and by project type, and depend on a wide range of variables such as the local cost of fuel and cement at the time your project was built. This project’s cost includes any hygiene training or community maintenance models for the project’s sustainability.
charity: water works with partners in the field to build and implement water projects. Our partners have years of experience. They know the land, the people, the culture and the most appropriate water technology for each area of work. They report this data from the field to help us provide proof of your completed project(s).
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