Water and Sanitation



We want to ensure that every home has access to clean water and sanitation. This is done through sustainable implementation and management of bio-sand water filters, latrines, rainwater tanks and community wells. Along with this we conduct community wide health and hygiene training programs. AO trains a “village development committee” to ensure that programs are run in and by the community. This brings ownership and in turn, improves success rates significantly.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Supply a family with a bio-sand water filter $100
  • Supply a family with a toilet $100
  • Supply a water tank to store water longer during the hot season $70
  • Drill a well for $2,500 – $3,000 and supply good water for 12 – 15 families


Success Stories: Mr. Yen Ry, 66 and his wife, 55, are rice and vegetable farmers. They live in Lvea Village, Prey Veng and have five children. Every day Mr. Ry waters his vegetables with water from the pond beside his house. He also takes water from the well to his house. The well water is not clean and smells terrible. Their water fountain at home is contaminated, meaning the family is often ill from water borne diseases – which is costly because they have to buy medicine. Staying healthy is a constant battle.

Ry and his wife were very happy when they heard that AO was coming to promote the water and sanitation project in his community. Shortly after, AO staff came to construct and distribute water filters and toilets to the community. Ry quickly registered to receive a water filter and toilet.

“I’m so happy, because of the water filter I have clean water for daily use and don’t have to use dirty water anymore,” said Ry. He no longer has to spend time boiling water to sterilize it, and the clean water is keeping his family healthy. Now he has more money to invest in his farm and to put toward his children’s education.


Success Stories: Mrs. Cheng Sophy, 29, has one son and is an active member of the church in Anlong Chrey village in Thala, Stung Treng province. Before the new hand pump was installed, she was drinking from a small stream which was unclean and would often run empty. Due to the dirty water her family and church members were drinking, they often suffered from illness and diarrhea.

The people in her village find it too difficult to bring water from a small stream as it takes over half an hour or more to walk to the water source. The AO staff approached her commune to conduct a survey for the wells project. The AO staff shared with the villagers that they were a Christian organization and they wanted to provide them with wells. Hearing this, Sophy was very interested and happy to work with AOC. “Thank you God so much, now my family, villagers and church will have wells, and clean water every day and I won’t need to walk a long way to bring water home. I will be able to spend more time with my family and it will bring good health to my villagers,” said Sophy.

There is a new hand pump well near Sophy’s home that is easily collecting the water for everyone to use. “Thank you AOC for your help. I believe this community has been developed with the help of AOC and Neverthirst. You have both helped my community, everyone now has a clean water source close to their home.”