Alcochem has set up a few basic rules in which these commitments find their practical execution;
This year Alcochem added a new charity program for people in medical need. This charity program is helping people in Poland to collect money for necessary expensive surgery or medicines. The organisation is focused mainly on children. Each month we donate directy to the charity goal we want to support.
Choice constructed a new water storage unit for safe water deliveries to squatter villages, which is sponsored by Alcochem.
Squatter villages are huts, build on the roadside. Some people who live there have never regained a property since the civil war. Some, mainly women and children, have been deserted or kicked out of the family home. Some have lost their homes through selling homes for medical procedures, banks repossessing their homes or gambling debts. Some are newly marrieds or people that cannot afford a home or rent. Some lost their job and cannot pay the rent.
The bore water in the squatter villages is contaminated with Arsenic, a natural toxin picked up by the river source from the Himalayas. A poison that kills after a number of years of consumption. As the people of the squatter villages are illegally residing on Government land, they cannot provide water tanks or pipe in water. The only option is the delivery. With the help of Alcochem, Choice has been able to provide safe drinking water since about 2012.
At the moment of this update they are in lockdown in Cambodia due to the Corona virus. However Choice is still delivering the water. The squatter villagers need the safe water as much now as ever. The deliveries cover the needs of water for about 2.000 people. The water is used for drinking and cooking food.
There are two 3000L tanks connected to the safe town water supply. They use a pressure pump to get this into the 1000L tank in their truck. The truck is normally used for student transport as well, but now in lockdown it’s water deliveries only. They go through 40,000L to 50,000L of water each month. Each of the 4 Village households (see map) gets about 50L each week.
On the website of Choice you can find some videos of the Village and the work of Choice. www.choice-cambodia.org/blog/photos-videos/videos