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Over 780,000,000 people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water, and it is estimated that over 1,800 children die everyday from preventable waterborne illnesses. At Guardian IPCO, we feel this must be changed. We are pleased to announce our partnership with Neverthirst to help bring clean drinking water to those in need. Guardian IPCO’s support will aid families in both Cambodia and Sudan. We urge you to get involved with Nervethirst also. Together we can make a difference in so many lives.

Neverthirst is a non-profit organization based in Birmingham, Alabama that is aiding the poor throughout India, Cambodia, South Sudan, and Sudan. Visit neverthirstwater.org for more information.

The Country

Cambodia is located in South East Asia, and is bordered by Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. During the early and mid 1900’s Cambodia was one of the most progressive countries in south-east Asia. During the civil war, it is estimated that close to 2 million Cambodians were killed by the Khmer Rouge regime during the 4 year reign of terror from 1975 to 1979. The Khmer Rouge regime left the nation in ruins and the country has struggled to recover. The Cambodian people are survivors, and today the people still face numerous challenges, however it is a nation that is growing and moving from its dark past into a new future.

Health

In Cambodia, groundwater can be contaminated with lethal amounts of arsenic. Sadly, Arsenic does not have a taste or smell and many thousands of Cambodians have been and continue to drink unsuspectingly, from this unsafe source of water. The health impacts of prolonged consumption of arsenic contaminated water can include thickening and discoloration of the skin, vomiting; diarrhea; numbness in hands and feet; partial paralysis; and blindness. Arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver and prostate. The project is working in villages in Kandal province near the Mekong River. Testing of the water wells in these villages found arsenic levels of over 1000 parts per billion(world standard being 30 ppb and over 100 ppb being associated with diseases such as cancer). Hundreds of families are still drinking arsenic contaminated water due to limited or no safe alternatives.

The project focuses on awareness raising and educating families on the risks of drinking from contaminated water wells, with a goal of changing behavior. Families are given the option of contributing to the cost of a 4000 liter rain tank. Rainwater is a improved water source that is readily available at the home, and is a better option compared to arsenic contaminated wells; surface water(contamination, distance) or buying water from a vendor(quality and cost). Your support, contributes to the cost of community education and construction and installation of rainwater tanks and household water filters. Thank you for your partnership in making this proje ct possible!

Guardian-IPCO’s Project in Cambodia

Our contributions installed 4000l household rainwater tank, Awareness and safe water education. "My family and I don’t need to drink from the contaminated well. The rain tank is better for our health, and I now have more safe drinking water available at my house for my family. I have learned that our hand pump contains arsenic that is dangerous for my families health, and I wanted safe clean water available at my house."

   


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