GLOBAL VIL­LAGE

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In Cam­bo­dia, where more than half of all deaths are at­trib­ut­able to wa­ter­borne ill­nesses, Aber­crom­bie & Kent Phi­lan­thropy (AKP) has cre­ated a part­ner­ship with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to help pro­vide clean wa­ter. Since 2008, AKP has built more than 1200 wells in Siem Reap alone, de­liv­er­ing fresh, bac­te­ria-free wa­ter to more than 20,000 peo­ple. A well with a bio-sand fil­ter pro­vides easy ac­cess to wa­ter that is also used to ir­ri­gate farm plots and wa­ter do­mes­tic live­stock. On a re­cent visit to Preak Ko

Tmey vil­lage, a sub­sis­tence farmer in­formed the AKP team that she had three healthy preg­nant pigs thanks to hav­ing ac­cess to clean wa­ter from the lo­cal well. In the past, due to high tem­per­a­tures, it was a strug­gle to keep more than one pig alive, but now, with the abil­ity to raise more pigs, the farmer is mak­ing an ad­di­tional in­come. As a re­sult, she says her daugh­ters have the op­por­tu­nity to move to a bet­ter school, where stan­dards are higher and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties greater. akphi­lan­thropy.org

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