Shots of the Cham community encapsulate the efforts of the NGO: KungFuture
Shots of the Cham community in Phnom Penh, Cambodia encapsulate the hard work and efforts of NGO, KungFuture. KungFuture have been working with the Cham community since 2013 and here they fill us in on their work.
KungFuture's goal is to use education to lift children and their families out of poverty. Its approach is holistic. A child, who is hungry, cold at night, gets regular diarrhoea from drinking unsafe water, is a child who will not be able to concentrate at school, will be discouraged and will eventually drop out.
The Cham community lost their traditional lands during the rule of the Khmer Rouge and lost their most recent home to large modern commercial developments, they now survive on the edge of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, on the edge of society. KungFuture has invested time to get to know this community. The problems are varied and acute. The living conditions are the worst the staff of KungFuture has seen in the city and lead to a variety of illnesses in the community, including outbreaks of dysentery because people drink water directly from the river.
So, the question is...what can a small organisation such as KungFuture do to assist, it turns out we (KungFuture) can do quite a lot. As well as providing educational opportunities, food relief, medical assistance and shelter improvement, we have also been able to provide new sources of clean water for the families we work with and it is thanks to the LIFESAVER jerrycan.
The jerrycans are ideal for storage on the river boats that the community live on. They turn the abundant dirty river water into precious clean drinking water. However, the impact if more fundamental than this - each jerrycan delivers a wider relief to the community. They free up precious time, they free up anxious minds burdened with illnesses brought about from consuming contaminated water. They bring hope that change is possible.
The early signs are encouraging and we would like to say thanks to the team at LIFESAVER for such an innovative, intelligent solution.
To date, 56 jerrycans have been deployed by KungFuture to the Cham community in Cambodia. For more information and images of the work of KungFuture, visit: facebook.com/kungfuture
Images: Bernie Vincent