Rin, her husband Jin, and their five children (aged 12 to just 14 months) must drink from a stagnant pond dug behind their house.

There’s never enough water during the dry season, when the family must pay for a fuel generator to pump water out, or buy it from a truck without knowing how clean the water is. And in the rainy season, their water is polluted with debris washed in by floods.

In Cambodia and beyond, WaterAid are working to help provide resilient and sustainable clean water for communities, to reach families like Jin and Rin’s in the most challenging environments. Solutions like piped water systems, pumped wells and safe toilets will help families protect themselves from illness.

With water at the centre of their lives, Jin and Rin can build their children a brighter future. As Rin says:

My biggest hope for my family is all my children get higher education, my family has good health, and we have enough food to eat.’’

Sophoeurn and Ponleu
Image: WaterAid / Tariq Hawari

About WaterAid

WaterAid has teams in 28 countries across the world, working with our partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene.

Since 1981, we’ve reached over 27 million people with clean water. But we can’t stop there.

In the last 39 years, we’ve gone from strength to strength to become one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

What do WaterAid do?

While installing taps and toilets is essential to our work, we do so much more. We convince governments to change laws, link policy makers with people on the ground, pool knowledge and resources and rally support from people and organisations around the world, making lasting change happen on a massive scale.