For most of his adult life, 59-year-old Ly Sreng has struggled to accomplish even the most routine of tasks. Wounded and disabled as a soldier during Pol Pot’s regime, Ly has been forced to rely on a wheelchair for the past three decades. And not only that, he and his family struggle for survival in a poor village in Cambodia – which means their access to clean, safe drinking water has been severely limited.
Ly recently shared with Samaritan’s Purse, “It was very difficult to have access to water sources because they were far away. Besides this, the price to build a well was expensive, so I normally used my wheelchair to collect water from a pond which was 1 kilometer away from my house.
Ly continued, “I collected water twice daily and the hard work made me feel very tired. We were so sad and ashamed because of our water situation.”
For decades, no one had cared enough about Ly’s community to provide them with clean water. But your overwhelming support of our ‘Turn on the Tap’ campaign enabled us to come alongside them and give them exactly what they needed: clean water. Ly no longer needs to travel 4 kilometres a day in his wheelchair to get water.
As Ly recently shared, “I am very happy with Samaritan’s Purse, who is providing six wells and two public ponds to villagers here for drinking purposes. God is working for us.”
Through your support of Turn on the Tap, villagers like Ly are not only being given clean, safe drinking water, they’re being given the priceless gift of dignity. So thank you for giving to and praying for this important annual initiative. Lives are being changed through your generosity!