Water Filter. Image © Tim Humble 2010 – fotofugitive.com

Today, Sokun (Metamorphic’s Asia Manager) and I took a van to a province called Kandal to hand out water filters. This experience for me was a life changer. As westerners we see photographs and hear stories of people suffering because of the effects of unclean water but I don’t think we ever grasp the reality of this problem. Millions of people around the globe die or become severely sick, especially children and the elderly, because they use water that is a mosquito breading ground, water that is contaminated with rubbish and water that sits still for so long that it starts to stink.

Today I was given the chance to help the small community in Kandal to have clean water for the first time in their lives and for me that was a huge blessing. The filters give these people a whole new life. Time can be spent on other more important issues than collecting water and more money can be earned because they are not sick as often, therefore they are able to work in their businesses. The filters not only give them clean water but also a whole new way of doing life. It gives them some of their life back.

Two Households with Water Filters. Image © Tim Humble 2010 – fotofugitive.com

Not only feeling as if I made a difference, even though the filters would have been handed out with or without me, the people who received the filters were so extremely cute. When their name was called out they came to the front with a massive smile and got ready for a photograph. Now, since I was the only white person there and for them that is an honour, I was asked to be in a couple of the photos. I seriously felt like a celebrity and it was fun to experience being famous for the couple of hours we were there. It was a good day and I would definitely do it all again in a heart beat.

In Kandal and Takeo Provinces, Metamorphic has now provided clean, safe drinking water to close to 40,000 people through the sinking of wells and distribution of water filters. To find out how you can be a part of this exciting initiative, please visit the Water4Water page. Just $50 can help an entire family gain access to clean water for life.

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About Tahlia:

Hi everyone, my name is Tahlia van de Beld and I’ve just finished Year 12. Just before starting university this year, my parents offered me the opportunity of going to Cambodia. Being a travel bug, I jumped at the chance of exploring a little more of the world – gaining an understanding of the world I live in. I do not want to merely live in this world but I want to be apart of it. The world is full of different cultures, traditions and laws. It would be naive to believe that you live in one country and not be affected by all the others. As the world becomes more interconnected through the use of internet and the advancement of technology, it is of upmost importance to gain some knowledge of these different countries.

I hope that this trip to Cambodia will teach me more about the world I live in and also how to appreciate every aspect of life. I think that as westerners we often forget to appreciate the little things in life and I know that poverty-stricken countries are the best examples of people who “go with the flow” and appreciate every good thing that comes their way – no matter how small. As I am doing this trip by myself – well without anyone I know – I hope that I learn more about myself. It will give me a chance to spread my wings, perse, and hopefully allow me to find out what and who I want to be or grow into. I want to see and hear how God has changed people’s lives. I hope to build long-lasting friendships. There are so many possibilities and I truly hope Cambodia will teach and show me so much more than what I hope for.

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