Minister Yaacob Ibrahim’s Visit to Water for Life Project in Siem Reap

Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim visited the Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) Water for Life project in the Prasat Bakong district in Siem Reap on 30 November 2017. His visit, to see first-hand the positive impact of the project, came just two months after the second phase launch of the SIF’s signature Water for Life project in Siem Reap. First launched in 2010 in Siem Reap, and in Kampong Speu in 2012, the Water for Life programme would have provided over 70,000 Cambodian villagers with access to clean drinking water when the second phase project closes in 2021.

Dr Yaacob visited a Cambodian household which has benefitted from clean drinking water thanks to a bio-sand filter installed by Singapore International Volunteers (SIV) under the Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) Water for Life programme in Siem Reap.
Bio-sand water filters are a simple and effective method that greatly improves the hygiene and sanitation conditions of the people in the rural communities. The Water for Life programme has seen the installation of over 4,000 such water filters in Cambodia since 2010.
Dr Yaacob experienced first-hand a demonstration of proper handwashing as part of basic hygiene training for school children - one of the two components of the Water for Life programme. The other component is the installation of bio-sand water filters. These training sessions are conducted for school teachers and adults in the villages as well.
Dr Yaacob distributed hygiene pouches – comprising items such as a toothbrush, soap and mug – to school children to augment their basic hygiene training.
Dr Yaacob’s visit was made possible by the efforts of our dedicated SIVs – in orange, from left (Noni Binte Yusran, Allan Tee, and Anthony Mok). These SIVs are essential to the SIF’s efforts to help uplift the lives of our friends of Singapore and build a better world.

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