This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Darlene Grant. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
The project was to replace the broken solar-powered water pump at the orphanage.
The pump arrived in Phnom Penh on Saturday, Nov. 27, was transported 5 1/2 hours to Battambang by bus with the installer, and the installation began by 7 a.m. on Sun. Nov. 28, 2010.
On Sunday, November 8:30 a.m., on the grounds of the orphanage, I held the new solar-powered EC Drive 600 HR Motor pump, purchased from Kamworks Ltd in Phnom Penh, in my hands, amazed at its small size yet hefty weight.
It took about an hour and the work of all the male residents of the orphanage, helping the installer, Mr. Sok Sarin. It was a hot day! Mr. Veuk was the first to bend to touch the water newly flowing from the pipes. He stood and walked to me, tears standing in his eyes…it was his home for many years and now he was able to help, in collaboration with a Peace Corps Volunteer, who in turn had help from friends in the U.S.
The complete story is set forth in Darlene’s Letter from Cambodia, which we urge you to read.
We are grateful to Darlene for carrying out this great project. Through her expansive personal, professional, and social networks she was successful in not only raising the money for this project but in raising additional funds to implement future projects of Peace Corps Volunteers in Cambodia.