Drinking water has become a scarce commodity in China and Southeast Asia. The poor suffer more than the rich, but they are learning to demand what is increasingly seen as a basic human right: access to clean drinking water.
Water at the pump can be contaminated with arsenic while at the tap it is often not trusted, and at the well it sometimes runs dry. Water supplies have become depleted, and pollution often contaminates the water table.
Nearly half the population of Cambodia does not have access to safe water and basic sanitation, a U.N. agency said Friday ahead of World Water Day, calling on the authorities to give greater attention to improving rural water supply in the impoverished country.
Some 6.3 million out of 14.9 million Cambodians are unable to access clean drinking water, most of them poor and living in rural areas, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said in a statement marking the Saturday event.
Improving the quality of rural water would help accelerate Cambodia’s social and economic development, it said, urging authorities to make greater commitments and investments to tackling the issue.
The lack of access to clean water leaves Cambodian children vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhea, which is the second leading cause of death among children under five, according to UNICEF.
Some 40 percent of primary schools and 35 percent of health centers in the country do not have access to safe water and sanitation.
This is the report from Radio Free Asia back to 2014 !
Angkor Kids Center, as a community and child care project has taken this area of clean drinking water and sanitation into a deep consideration. As of April 2014, we have succeeded to build a proper water pump well at our school. In February, 2015, we got the first gift from Rotary Club Thailand of a good quality water filter through our dear friend foundation of Take Care Kids, Italy based in Pattaya , Thailand. Seeing the importance of this gift, later in April 2015, Mr. Cristiano Volpe, the Take Care Kids Foundation member get another three bigger size of the water filter to properly serve all our class need.
Angkor Kids Center would like to thanks again Take Care Kids foundation for making this end happened to our school. We will invest the maximum use out of the them.