Progress in Prolit
Over the past few weeks we’ve been making significant progress with our water and sanitation project in Prolit village. We’ve now completely finished our first sanitation unit which is in full use and is going down very well. Lots of members of the community have been coming to try it out (they love the fact that you can sit down on it rather than squat!), so the buckets are filling up rather quickly! The families responsible for it have been very proactive in terms of keeping the toilet clean and tidy, the bucket of cover materials filled up and the full waste buckets sealed and stored away properly, which has been very encouraging for us to see.
We’ve now started on our water work, as we wanted to install as many pumps as we could before the rains start coming down too hard and the water table rises, which means that we will not be able to install any more until the dry season. We decided to start our water work on the outskirts of the village, as opposed to the central village which is where we have begun installing the first sanitation units. This is because the outskirts of the village have an exceedingly poor water supply: all of the families we have installed the first two pumps for (7 in total) were previously accessing their water from simple holes in the ground, and water was really not very pleasant, as you can see in the picture in the slideshow below. Can you imagine having to drink that every day??
We’ve managed to finish the first two pumps, which are now fully functional and are providing the families with clean, fresh water that doesn’t look like it might kill you with a single sip! Needless to say, all of the families were hugely grateful for our work and it was amazing to see them with the pumps when they first started producing such clean water.
The rains are now starting to come down pretty hard in Cambodia which is making our rural development work very difficult. Soon the main road to Prolit will be near impassable (especially on Tuk Tuks, we really, really need to get a tractor!!) so its not going to be long before we are going to have to seriously slow down our work until the rainy season ends. Nevertheless, we’re all pleased with what we and the community have achieved so far and we can’t wait to get cracking on with more