Today, we learned a lesson in appreciating the power of simple “things” and how these simple “things” can really change the lives of so many. Our group woke up and enjoyed a traditional breakfast at a local restaurant and then made the short trip to the headquarters of an organization dedicated to improving the lives of those less fortunate in Cambodia.
When our group showed up at the service site all we saw was what looked like a mess, there was two huge piles of sand and gravel, a heap of old metal frames stained with concrete, and several bags of concrete stacked to the side. What we didn’t know is that we were looking at were the contents of what would change the lives of one local family.
After a step-by-step explanation from our local partner we spent the morning fabricating bio-sand water filters with the local team. We greased metal forms, mixed cement and poured these into the frames, and pushed through the heat to finish 10 filters. After a few hours of work, we returned to the Village Guesthouse with a great sense of accomplishment for delicious lunch and a much deserved rest.
After a nice break for lunch the group got to see the fruits of their labor and visited a local village to install the bio-sand water filters in people’s homes. We were welcomed in the village by a lot of smiling, excited kids and very inviting families. The villages were much different than we expected with small huts with dirt floors and it made us realize how important our project really was. After preparing rock and gravel, applying sand, we were able installing our bio-sand water filter into the home of an elderly lady.
After participating in this clean water project I realize how lucky were are to turn on a faucet to get clean water and how far a little bit of concrete, sand, cooper, and LOVE can go in changing the lives of others.