By Kathy M. Newbern & J.S. Fletcher © 2012
We just got our photo from Nhean Samban (Sam) showing us the well we donated for our Christmas present to each other in 2012. We’ve written about the Sam’s Brothers Clean Water Project before, so you can follow the links to those stories to get the full picture.
- Travel begets travel (Part 21): Sam’s Brothers Clean Water Project, Cambodia
- Travel begets travel (Part 20): orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar
- Travel begets travel (Part 5): Mo Nat Kon village visit in Bagan, Myanmar
- Travel begets travel, and thus Myanmar (Part 1)
- For only $300, you can give a village clean water this holiday; just do it
Basically, Sam and his brothers run a project to build water wells for families in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia.
For $300, up to four families, about 20 people, will not have to risk death by drinking bad water.
Every well includes a sign – to share with the local people as well as visitors – that the well is a gift from a specific donor to the people of Cambodia. It truly is an international effort and support from A&K Philanthropy has saved countless people’s lives.
This is our second well, and here is what Sam wrote to us about its installation:
“Dear Kathy & Fletcher,
Hope this email finds you well and all is good with you and your family.
It’s a bit long to get your well done, I was very busy during this high tourist season. However, your well was completely installed and it’s being supported local families of Siem Reap rural area. Thank you so much for your kindness gesture and generous contribution to the people of Cambodia, your Christmas gift is really mean to local families here.
I’m so fortunate to have known you and your consistency supporting Sam’s Brothers well project, thanks.
Your well beneficiary: Mr. Khauy Choy
Condition: 4 families share the well with amount of 20 people
Village: Chong Thnal, Yeang commune, Puok district, Siem Reap province.
Location: 25 miles north west of Siem Reap city
Installed date: December 22, 2011
Clean water: Think about what would you do without it? You can help others get it.
If you would like to donate to the Sam’s Brothers Clean Water Project, here is how:
1. Go to www.akphilanthropy.org,
2. Go to the bottom of the page and click DONATE
3. Go to the bottom of that page and click Make a Donation
4. In the pull down Select a Project to Support menu, choose: Cambodia: Sam’s Brothers Clean Water Project
5. In the Message box toward the bottom of the screen, please enter something like: “I want this donation to go to the Sam’s Brothers Clean Water Project in Cambodia, that I read about in an article by Fletcher/Newbern.”
6. As to the amount, $300 will get a complete well installed in your name, but if you want to donate a lesser sum, when the $300 is reached, a well will be built.
7. Then when you are finished, pat yourself on the back and feel good about making such a huge difference in some people’s lives.
The donation is handled completely by A&K Philanthropy, which is fully registered and accredited.
According to its website: “100% of your charitable gift to Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy goes directly to support local projects worldwide. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy is established in the United States as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization; your charitable gift is tax deductible as provided by law. General & Administrative expenses are borne by the A&K Group so that 100% of your donations flow directly to projects.”
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International Travel Examiner J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.