HOW DOES IT WORK?
22,557 water sources have been provided through the Tabitha Water Sources Programme, to various communities around Cambodia.
Tabitha's Water Sources Programme enables families to have access to clean and potable water by building wells and ponds that provide water for drinking and washing, as well as for animals and crop irrigation.
A safe water source is, on average, 2 miles from a village. In the absence of it, drinking water is sometimes taken from open ponds or rivers, which are commonly polluted with excreta and chemicals. Villagers, especially children, often develop infectious diseases.
In addition, without a sustainable source of clean water near their homes, families are restricted in their ability to increase their incomes. Animal husbandry or growing crops is impossible without an ongoing source of water available. During the long dry season, no crops will grow unless a reliable source of water is secured.
Almost immediately, a safe and accessible water source improves health and creates income security. Families with accessible water can grow rice and vegetables throughout the dry season and can raise livestock nearly all year long. Having a water source, beyond providing food security, will triple a family's income.