It's difficult for us to imagine not having such a basic necessity of life as clean, potable water. Yet according to UNICEF, nearly 900 million people in the world don't have this luxury. Almost half are children. Globally, the second leading cause of death for children under 5 is waterborne illness.
In Cambodia, one of the countries where we lead tours, we've seen this first-hand. We were amazed to discover that it takes as little as $200 to dig a well and install a pump that provides clean water to several dozen families. But in a country where the average income is less than a dollar a day and 40% of the population lives in poverty, many Cambodians in rural areas simply can't afford the cost.
As a sign of goodwill and a thank you for welcoming us into their country, Friendly Planet has been funding the construction of wells in Cambodian villages for the past four years, and seeing this, several of our passengers have volunteered to fund wells themselves. Together, we've built over 200 wells!
You can too! Through our partner in Cambodia, The Trailblazer Foundation, you can donate towards building a well. A $200 donation funds a complete well, and it will bear your name. Fund one yourself, or on behalf of someone you love.
Thank you for all you do.
Peggy M. Goldman
President, Friendly Planet Travel