One of the highlights of the year is the annual visit from Thankyou Water, an Australian "consumer movement" that funds a lot of water projects here in Cambodia. Thankyou Water was started by people who visualized the connection between the shortage of clean drinking water in developing nations and Australia's $600 million bottled water industry. They began bottling and selling drinking water in outlets throughout Australia, including 7-11 convenience stores. And for every bottle sold, the profit went directly to supporting clean water projects overseas. (check out their incredible promo video here)
The team is spending a week visiting project sites in Cambodia, and we were lucky enough to cross paths and spend a morning with them. Andrew provided a lot of technical details to their staff, explaining the wells, filters, and other aspects of the project. We sat and talked with a woman who had a well from SP. She explained how difficult it was to obtain water before receiving her well. She talked about the waterborn illnesses (i.e. diarrhea/vomiting/parasites) she and her family had; the cost of frequent illness; and the daily struggle of carrying 10 liters at a time of dirty brown water from a hole in the ground far from her house.