Clean Water Well Project

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Fund a Water Well $330 USD  

CBAVC is working through local partners to improve access to clean water. Without access to clean water, the villagers, mostly women and children would have to walk 3 kilometers to collect dirty water from stagnant pools or contaminated streams resulting in many health problems such as diarrhoea and other diseases.

Every year hundreds of Cambodians die, mainly children under the age of five years old due to diseases caused from drinking unsafe water from the local canals and rivers. The total population of the area is approximately one million with 60% people are women. Among this number are 10,337 (1.3%) people with disabilities and 449,620 (45%) people who are living in deep poverty in the rural areas of Siem Reap Province.  

In order to respond to the needs, CBAVC have promised a commitment to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life in rural areas of Cambodia by providing clean water wells. Everything changes when clean water becomes available with both sickness and disease dramatically reducing.

At this present time, CBAVC have provided over 325 wells for supplying clean drinking water and farming to 3,240 Families with 28 Villages. CBAVC and their sponsors have helped a total of approximately 13,500 people in the Chi Kreng District of Siem Reap Province. There is a need for at least another 500 water wells in these rural areas to help families, local businesses and general well-being of anyone in the vicinity.

CBAVC builds two types of water wells in Cambodia:

There are two main varieties of water wells in which CBAVC can construct depending on the type and quality of water available in the area.

Each well has a signboard stating the sponsor name and country they are from. A personal message is an available option for those wanting to gift a water well or dedicate the construction to someone.

a) Hand Pump Well

A hand pump is placed at the top of the pipe allowing water to be pumped to the surface of the well. A machine drills a pipe to reach the aquifer –usually 50-60 meters down. A cement apron is placed around the well. Tube wells are used when good quality water can be found in deeper aquifer.

b) Open Hand Well

Families help CBAVC staff to dig a hole about 10-15 metres deep. Cement rings are then used to keep the well open and rise over 1 metre above ground. Tops are placed over the well to prevent pollution. Each well will supply water at least from five to ten families, on average 45 people.

And here is a Video of San Van, the Founder of CBAVC, a Buddhist Monk and all round top bloke, explaining a bit more about what they do.

Each well is tested for Arsenic to ensure water quality

CBAVC provides testing to the quality of water before and after building the well. CBAVC constructs water wells in the rural areas of Siem Reap province at a rate from 6-10 wells monthly, whilst monitoring the well construction to ensure the contractor has provided a quality well. The villagers are educated about well maintenance and ensuring that sanitary requirements are met at all times.


How many people are needed?

1. It takes three days to dig each well and pour the concrete.
2. Approximately 4- 6 people are required to build each well.

Goal of Clean Water Project

The main goal is to ensure that villagers in the rural area of Siem Reap Province have adequate supply of fresh, safe and clean drinking water. CBAVC makes it their mission to ensure all water is free from Arsenic and provide necessary training, educating the public on the importance of how essential clean water is for the well-being of the rural population.

Water Well Maintenance

The world is littered with broken water wells. We have a comprehensive program which involves carefully selecting recipient families, compiling a family profile and identifying each well in implementing scheduled maintenance program. CBAVC inspects water wells regularly and replace and fix worn and broken parts. CBAVC even repair broken wells that have been abandoned by other NGOs.

Please note: Transportation can be arranged via your own tour operator, or CBAVC is happy to organize this for you by Minivan, or Taxi car. It is approximately 60 kilometers from Siem Reap to CBAVC areas at the countryside to visit the water wells.


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CBAVC | Charity Registration No. 271 KH 2012 | Kingdom of Cambodia

Location Address

National Road No.#06, Bak Angrut Village, Kauk Thlork Kraom Commune,
Chikreng District, Siem Reap Province

Contact Details

(+855) 092 373 730

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