Building Infrastructure


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


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


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


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


  • 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)