Cambodia has been a country forgotten by many. Events in history, such as the bombings during the Vietnam War and then the horrors of the Khmer Rouge & Civil War, have caused many to look away. We have all seen or heard of the movie “The Killing Fields”, but forget that it was based on a real place with the suffering of real people. When you first arrive in Cambodia you are stuck by the beauty of both the land and the people.You are greeted by people who are glad to have survived and are looking forward to a promising future, living their lives and caring for their families. As you settle in you'll start to see the genuine happiness and peacefulness with which the people live, despite their struggles. However, while some are becoming successful, there're many others who are still struggling to survive due to poor nutrition coupled with the lack of clean water and few opportunities to improve their lives.
Now, Cambodian desperately needs clean water for their basic life need. As you know Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in South-east Asia and continues to be affected by waterborne illness on a daily life basis. One of the most pressing issues facing rural villagers in Cambodia is a lack of clean drinking water. Currently, villagers and residents in remote areas drink water from pools of standing water or from streams and canals.The water is contaminated with bacteria and polluted with waste. Sickness from dirty water impacts on the lives of the already poor by preventing adults from working and children from attending school. In extreme cases this dirty water leads to terminal illness. Nowadays, many Cambodian continue to suffer from water related illness & death. The availability of potable water is decreasing as the world’s population increases. In Cambodia, over 60.000 children die each year many due to waterborne illness. We always provide clean and healthy water to impoverish the area.
Cambodian Clean Water Project was established in early 2002 to address many of these needs. We installed several hundreds of water wells which provide good source of clean and healthy water for those who live in the remote isolated areas in Siem Reap, Cambodia. There are over 5000 poor people being influenced by our clean water. CCWP has its roots in the clean water which was in the brain child of Mr. Nou Tat who was born on October 15, 1970 in Siem Reap province in rural Cambodia and lived with the struggles of poor water and food supplies. He has so much passion to help poor, destitute people after being a tour guide since 1993. He found the poverty here is a real shock. So he decided to devote most of his time talking to his clients while touring to see if anyone of them interested in seeing the villages and he brought up that basic sanity and clean water are the key to the villagers’ health to his clients. Nou Tat has been spending his time with the villagers besides his guiding to scout those who badly need the well and he is always trying his best to get the donation and has the well installed in time. He is well admired and respected locally and internationally. After many years of promoting the project, he registered the project under the name of Cambodian Clean Water Project. Nou Tat never forgot what it was like to struggle to find clean water and, as he secured the future of his life, he turned his attention to the needs of those still struggling. With the early support of Dr. Sandra L Watkins, Sir. Robert Ineke Hilekes’s family, Michelle Curreri’s family, Michael Feijen's Family, Mr. Steve Smith, Nou Tat established CCWP.
The primary focus of CCWP was the installation of wells for clean water, enabling families to enjoy better health, as well as to have sufficient water for daily basis. In 2009 he decided to reorganize as CCWP in order to expand its efforts to include some of the other needs for the poor families of Siem Reap such as Education Program. Please explore our site, visit our Families In Need page, and find the many simple and low cost ways you can Help Us Help Others.
To seek poor and destitute families in the rural villages of Siem Reap and Cambodia who are in desperate need of the basic necessities to lead a healthy life. To find the resources & donations to help us provide them clean water in time. Assign our team to educate and install wells for them so that they can improve their basic daily life need.
To provide abundant, clean water for every Cambodian people. To collect an ever-increasing number of poor families in the rural surrounds of Siem Reap and Cambodia have their quality of life improved by the provision of healthy and clean water to better their higher standard of living.
Your Donations/Our Responsibility
Your donations are warmly welcomed and will be used according to your programmed preference; wells, education (school supplies, uniforms, bicycle, sponsor a child, food...etc). Prof. Nou Tat is truly honored to be responsible for coordinating the installation of the wells and for all the other ways that you are interested in helping the poor rural families of Siem Reap and Cambodia. While he is our key person in Cambodia - it was his strong desire to help his people that has led to CCWP being created - he is supported by a group of like-minded dedicated individuals from around the world who regularly visit the projects.
STATISTICS FOR CAMBODIA
Population: 14.7 Million (2011 EST.) *
Population with access to clean water: 40% (2008)*
Children under 5 moderately or severely underweight: 29% (2008)*
Food or waterborne diseases: Bacterial, Protozoan Diarrhea, Hepatitis A, Typhoid*
Vector borne diseases: Dengue Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, and Malaria*
Cambodia United States (comparison)
Birth rate/1,000 people:25.4 Births (2011 EST.)* 13.3 Births (2011 EST.)*
Birth rate/Woman: 2.84 children (2011 EST.)* 2.06 children (2011 EST.)*
Infant mortality rate /1,000 live births: 55.49 (2011)* 6.92 Deaths (2011)*
*Statistics from CIA World Fact book