Today I proudly announce that a few months ago, thanks to SPQR Guests, our third well in Cambodia has been inaugurated. This well provides clean and drinkable water to a young family in the village of Beungvean, where Bo Saen (31 years old), his wife Chey Pai (24 years old), their 1 and 3-year-old children, as well as all their neighbours, will finally be able to draw clear water available all year round.
As I write this article the world is in full pandemic, and tourism has been virtually blocked since last February, globally. Nevertheless, 2019 has been a real tourist success for Rome, with excellent results for Holiday Home SPQR.
In part, the takings were reinvested in maintenance and improvements; in part I recovered an additional portion of the investment for the initial restructuring of the apartment; and luckily enough some money was left to build a third well in Cambodia… Excellent!
But is there a lack of water in Cambodia?
Absolutely not! Cambodia might be very rich in water, but in rural regions the water supply network is completely absent; in these regions, such as that of Siem Reap, the available water is only rainwater, and that of the superficial aquifers. But during dry season water almost completely disappears.
Drought penalizes the population, forced to dig pools in the ground from which it is possible to draw only a little water, muddy and full of bacteria, not drinkable and in any case insufficient for animals and agriculture. Consider that the feet in the picture below are those of a Cambodian farmer who is planting rice in completely arid soil, while as it is known, rice should be planted in fields soaked with water (photo by Jack Kurtz, American photojournalist who dedicated a section of its BLOG to severe climatic change in Cambodia, one cause of which was El Niño).
When the rainy season arrives, opositely, everything is flooded. Good for rice, but the hand-dug wells become unusable and rainwater must be collected. Unfortunately, climate change is taking the seasons to extremes, so drought is becoming devastating, and floods are getting stronger and stronger.
As Mr. Chantrea Chhuong, founder and Director of FWE-Cambodia explains HERE, availability of clean water is really essential for the health and survival of the inhabitants of rural areas, both for drinking and for watering their vegetable patches. At this link you will also find a delicious little video by which Chantrea thanks us all, I propose it HERE in a lighter version 😊.
Once again thanks for your contribution, SPQR Guests!
Yes, thank you very much, dear SPQR Guests, for allowing me to finance this third well in Cambodia. I also thank my dear friend Tina Etherington, tireless volunteer, for practically organizing our contribution.
I warmly invite all those who have the opportunity to help FWE-Cambodia, all information HERE.