Clean water for Andong Village, Cambodia
Andong Village is a community of about 800 families that were displaced from their homes in Phnom Penh as development planners reclaimed the land their houses were on. The land where Andong Village is located floods severely every rainy season creating an environment of unsafe water that fosters water born illness and diarrhea. To help prevent this illness a drainage system was needed to divert the flood waters and sewage away from the homes.
Medical Teams International has been working in partnership with The Organization for the Development of Cambodian People over the last 18 months helping with roof construction (to control the rain run off) and a community health promotion project addressing water and sanitation issues.
With funding from Imago Dei, a Portland, Ore. area church, Pastor Abraham (local pastor to Andong Village) mobilized a team of volunteers from the local community. With the technical help of one villager, who used to work for a construction company before being moved to Andong Village, the team of local volunteers has finished the initial pipe construction.
Before starting on this project, the village foreman used to hate the local church which had been founded by Pastor Abraham. Working closely with Pastor Abraham on this project, he developed a friendship with Pastor Abraham and ultimately he became a Christian.
The people of Andong Village can take pride in the work that they have accomplished. Medical Teams International and Imago Dei facilitated the project with education and funding but ultimately is was the people of Andong Village who made this project a success.
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