ElectricAid stalwart, Denise Enright, ITS, BSC, took us up on our standing invitation to our members to visit projects on our behalf. She visited the location of two wells projects funded by ElectricAid for Plan Ireland in Cambodia. Read Denise’s report on her successful site visit:
While travelling through Vietnam and Cambodia, my friend Sara and I decided to take a day off from sightseeing and visit a couple of sites that Electric Aid has sponsored in Cambodia. With help from Rachel in the Plan International office in Dublin we chose a couple of sites 160km east of Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Rachel made all the necessary arrangements for us. On the day, Dara, a Plan International representative picked us up from our hostel in Phnom Penh and drove us to the Ponhea Kraek District where we met all the Plan International staff based there. Vin, a Project Official and Muuint, the Program Unit Manager took us for lunch and then on to visit two of the villages with wells that were constructed using Electric Aid funding.
The first village we visited, Trapang Rumsaeng, was very rural and locals were required to walk or cycle up to one kilometer on a daily basis to collect fresh water. Ideally, there should be a well for 10 -15 families, however the wells are shared by 100 families, roughly 500 people. The water is used for cooking and drinking and the locals happily said their health has improved considerably since they started using the well in March 2013. We chatted with the locals (Muunit kindly translated for us) for about 30 minutes before moving on to the next village, Kra Nhung. This is a much bigger village but has the same situation where up to 500 people share one well. We sat and chatted with them and asked them about their lives and asked the children about school. Unfortunately they were too shy to speak English with us. We asked if they had any questions for us, the village Chief was sitting beside me and asked if we had plans to sponsor anymore wells, I told him I’d enquire on his behalf!
Overall, it was a very interesting and enjoyable day meeting some local people and seeing how they live.
I am very grateful to Plan International for planning the day and to the two communities whose hospitality made this an unforgettable experience.
It was great to see the result of the money contributed by staff to Electric Aid at work in real life.