Building Infrastructure

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ZOOM INBathing by the new clean water tanks

Investing in infrastructure projects that multiple benefits and are undertaken to support our efforts in education, health and economic development. A simple project can make a significant difference in the lives of all villagers.

 

 

Clean Water Systems

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ZOOM INContaminated drinking water pond in Yim Bya village

Typically, villagers are drinking contaminated water from unprotected sources far from their homes. Children are especially susceptible to water-borne disease, which then also affects their ability to attend and learn in school.

  • Protects natural source of water from contamination
  • Delivers safe, clean water close to village homes
  • Saves many hours per week transporting water

 

Solar Lighting Systems

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ZOOM INA single solar panel can light up a house

With no electricity in rural villages, families use candles, kerosene lanterns or open fires for indoor light. These are dangerous and contribute to health problem and deforestation.

  • With a matching grant from Shanta, families can affordably purchase one solar panel, a 12-volt battery, wiring and florescent light bulbs to illuminate their home.
  • Students can study in the evenings and parents can perform chores much more easily.

Road Improvement

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ZOOM INChildren in Sin Mee move rocks for road building

Transportation is very time consuming and costly during the five-month monsoon season due to erosion. Helping to fund the cost of engineering, supplies and machinery rental, improved roads facilitate important transportation of:

  • Crops to market
  • Families to make purchases
  • Health emergencies

DID YOU KNOW…

  • Improving roads and constructing water systems takes thousands of hours of village labor to complete
  • For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of $4 is returned in increased productivity. (Hutton, WHO, Geneva, 2012)