During the decades of the Civil War under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, thousands of Cambodians fled from the countryside to neighboring countries to escape death. This included villagers from the provinces of Siem Riep and Oddor Meanchey in NW Cambodia where we operate.
After the war those who survived were repatriated back to what remained of their villages. Today many villagers in NW Cambodia make a subsistence living by agriculture (cassava), rice, and fishing.
Unfortunately the majority of families do not have access to clean, potable water, electricity or sanitation.
Many still carry water in buckets on their shoulders from nearby ponds or rivers. This water is used for drinking, bathing, washing food, growing vegetables, and watering livestock.
Ben and Karen Little live in Colorado for seven months during Fall, Winter and Spring and five Summer months in Western New York, near Buffalo.
Karen and Ben are both committed to helping others, and have worked on bringing safe, clean WATER to subsistence farmers in rural Cambodian Villages for eleven years.
Karen has a BA Degree in Sociology and Education and a CSW in Social Work. Karen worked for over 30 in the Social Work Profession in many capacities.
Ben has a BA in Sociology and Psychology and had a 25 year career with the YMCA. During that time he worked in many capacities, including Fund Raising. Ben left the YMCA to start his second career as a Cabinet / Furniture Maker for 27 years.
Karen and Ben have been married for 54 years and have three Daughters and seven Grandchildren who also live in Colorado
Saron Soeun, grew up in L’berk Village where he still has family and friends. We met Saron in 2009 when he was our licensed tour guide when we visited the Temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
We immediately formed a genuine bond and on the third day he took us to Siem Reap Town and introduced us to beautiful families but he pointed out that they did not have potable water, electricity, or sanitation.
Saron’s vision for his countrymen was to supply their needs for water. So we underwrote a $220 well, but upon our return to Colorado we realized how blessed we are to have these needs supplied every day. We emailed Saron that we would like to do more.