Join Samaritan’s Purse in bringing safe water to schools in Cambodia!
Despite the vibrant landscapes and winding rivers that stretch across Cambodia, many Cambodians struggle daily to find safe water. Often the same water sources that are used for irrigation, drinking, and cooking, are also used by people and animals to bathe in. Faced with no alternative, people drink this highly contaminated water, which can result in severe diarrheal diseases and even death. In a country that is 96% Buddhist, and where one-in-five people live below the poverty line, Samaritan’s Purse has provided safe water to nearly a million people so far.
We are sending volunteers to help construct and install Samaritan Filters for rural schools, and BioSand filters for households in communities across Northern Cambodia. The team will also have opportunity to help with an after-school program and to visit other projects of Samaritan’s Purse, particularly those related to safe migration and human trafficking awareness.
Location: Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia
Dates: January 16 – 30, 2019
Donation Amount: $4,000 CAD/person
This includes return international airfare from Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary or Edmonton (as indicated in your initial online application) to Siem Reap, accommodations, food, transportation, project costs and administration. It does not include vaccinations, passport renewal, baggage fees, or meals while in transit.
Samaritan’s Purse Canada (SPC) invites team members to join in its charitable activities. SPC may only be able to undertake this mission trip if sufficient funds are raised. The cost of the trip to SPC is $4000 and trip participants are asked to donate this full amount in order to cover the costs. Tax receipts will be issued for all gifts.
Team size: 10-15 volunteers
Project: The Samaritan Filter for schools is based on the proven technology we employ in our BioSand Water Filters. It uses large tanks and a unique combination of ‘slow sand’ and ‘biological’ filtration to quickly transform contaminated water into safe water. Here’s how the school filter works:
- A school collects contaminated water in a reservoir tank, which slowly releases the water into an adjacent filtration tank.
- Fine sand and a biological layer of water in the filtration tank trap and consume disease-causing parasites, micro-organisms, and viruses.
- More filtration occurs as the water continues to travel downward through increasingly coarse layers of sand and gravel where organisms die off without light and oxygen.
- The gravitational force of the unfiltered water above pushes the filtered water through a pipe and into a large storage tank for drinking and washing.
- For years to come, students can literally turn on the tap to safe water – as in Isaiah 44:3, when God promises: “I will pour out water on him who is thirsty” (NKJV).
Schedule overview: The team will spend the majority of the trip in Banteay Meanchey province, working on the Samaritan Filter project and related activities. The trip will include a cultural excursion to Siem Reap to visit the temples of Angkor Wat, and learn about Cambodia’s history. Team members will also have the opportunity to learn about human trafficking, illegal migration, and other social issues that Samaritan’s Purse and its partners are working to overcome in the region.
Accommodations: Accommodations will be clean, safe, and basic. In Siem Reap the team will stay at a guesthouse or hotel. When working in rural communities on water filter construction, the team will set up a base camp with Samaritan’s Purse mosquito tents.
Next Steps: If you are interested in joining us on the Samaritan’s Purse Cambodia Water Team, please complete an online application. Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a $400 initial donation.
If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss this opportunity with us, please don’t hesitate to call or email!
Phone: 403-250-6565 or 1-800-663-6500