This year, Cambodia faced its worst drought on record, destroying crops, killing livestock, and leaving many people who are already struggling against poverty at much higher risk of malnutrition and disease.
Cambodia was completely unprepared. This Christmas, we want to bring clean water and sanitation facilities to the remote regions most vulnerable to drought, so that when the next dry season hits, fewer people suffer its devastating impacts.
Like many, Nil, a 53-year-old woman from the Veal Veng district, relies on local waterholes to drink, wash, and water her livestock and vegetables. The drought dried up her water supply, forcing her to dig her own pond to survive. Her spinach and mung bean crops died and she struggled to continue sending her children to school.
Please give generously to help Cambodians access clean water and sanitation. This will not only improve health and nutrition, but also drought-proof them for future dry periods.
Your gifts will go towards building water and sanitation systems, and training children in hygiene skills such as handwashing to prevent the transmission of water-borne diseases.
How far will your gift go?
$40 could buy a home-based water filtration system to produce safe drinking water for 10 people
$80 could renovate a school rainwater collection system to supply enough water for 100 children
$150 could renovate handwashing facilities in a primary school
$1,000 could renovate a pond to provide water for 30 families and their crops
$2,000 could install a water filter system at a school to supply clean drinking water for 150 students and teachers
Action on Poverty is an Australian charity that helps poor and vulnerable communities in Africa, Asia and the Pacific to lift themselves out of poverty.
All gifts over $2 are tax-deductible in Australia. Any excess funds raised will be used to relieve poverty in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.