“The majority of people, around 90 per cent, in this village do not have a toilet nor a well. Some share with those who do have a well and some go to the nearby creek and carry water home. The wells in our village are very old and consist of rust that contaminates the water,” Rath Eav says.
Water is also a major problem for schools in Chhloung. Instead of spending their time learning at school, many children must help collect water. “The well at my school doesn`t work, so we need to ask students to work in shifts to get water from the creek for general use at school and for the school toilet,” says primary school teacher Ms Pech.