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Empowering communities with clean water

Empowering communities with clean water
Empowering communities with clean water

The 'Teuk Saat 1001' clean water project has had a transformative impact on rural and remote communities in Cambodia, extending beyond the provision of safe drinking water. It serves as a beacon of hope and progress, guaranteeing consistent access to clean water and providing free drinking water to over 1,000 rural primary schools, thereby significantly enhancing the quality of life for countless individuals, especially students and educators.

During a recent workshop on climate change for youth and local journalists, a group of journalists had the opportunity to witness firsthand the positive impact of clean water facilities in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces. One such facility, located at Wat Lvea Primary School in Siem Reap province, has been instrumental in providing clean water to the school management, students, and surrounding communities. Operated by "Teuk Saat 1001," a local NGO, through a network of dedicated entrepreneurs, this water kiosk represents a vital lifeline for communities in need.

Supported by the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA3) project—a collaborative effort involving the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Sweden, the European Union (EU), and the Cambodian government through the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD)—the water kiosk initiative underscores a collective commitment to sustainable development and community well-being.

Soy Sareth, an O-WE water purifier entrepreneur overseeing operations at Wat Lvea Primary School, attests to the profound impact of this initiative on rural communities. With professional guidance and technical support from "Teuk Saat 1001," entrepreneurs like Sareth have transitioned from construction work to purifying water, significantly improving their livelihoods and contributing to the greater good of their communities.

The success of "Teuk Saat 1001" aligns with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation, which aims to ensure access to clean water for all by 2025. This alignment exemplifies the NGO's commitment to fostering sustainable environments and improving the lives of individuals across Cambodia.

Looking ahead, "Teuk Saat 1001" envisions further expansion, planning to establish 400 additional water treatment plants to serve more communities lacking access to clean water.

Through its collaborative efforts and unwavering dedication, this NGO continues to be a catalyst for positive change, one drop at a time.

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