Toom T’Mai Well Project – Cambodia

Toom T’mai Village, Dang Tung Commune, Dang Tung District, Kampot Province, Cambodia

Community Description
A general description of the district is set forth in the project pages of the prior projects, as described in the Comments section below.

This project will take place in Toom T’mai Village of Dang Tung Commune, located along a small dirt path off the north side of the 12 km dirt road leading to Wat Crang Lee you, and ultimately to National Road 3. It will be located in the middle of a cluster of 14 houses, all occupied by families working at rice farming. To the east, north, and west of these houses are rice fields.

Currently, the families obtain water by biking 1 km to the communal pools at Wat Dang Tung, the closest Buddhist temple. The water they retrieve is not clean, as it is contaminated by the waste generated by the wat.

Project Description
This project is to dig a well and install a manual water pump. The district office will take responsibility for testing for cyanide to ensure that it is safe for use by the community. This precaution will be taken even though no cyanide has been encountered in any wells in the district to date.

The water table is stable and plentiful enough that the well will provide water during the entire year.

Project funds will go specifically toward hiring a skilled well digger, who will dig the well by hand and install the pump and mechanical equipment.

The community will contribute $50 toward the project and will be responsible for the maintenance of the well and pump.

Project Impact
The project will directly affect 80 people, consisting of 63 adolescents and adults, and 17 small children, residing in the 14 houses surrounding the pump location. In addition, it will be available for use by neighbors on the other side of the road.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Lauren Arnold

This is Lauren’s fourth project, setting an example of excellence for other PCVs to follow. Here are the prior projects:

Bun Ranny Hun Sen High School Bathroom Project 1 – Cambodia

Bun Ranny Hun Sen High School Bathroom Project 2 – Cambodia

Prey Sumnang Well Project – Cambodia

Lauren efficiently directed the prior projects such that there were a savings of $100. She applied that amount to the current project, which led to the ability to build another well for a small additional amount.

Multiple projects in an area serve to encourage others to follow with additional community development efforts, and to reinforce the feeling of empowerment within the community.

The project provides clean water to an unserved population and benefits public health at an extremely low cost.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded, through the generosity of Hugh Kaplan, of Bethesda, MD., USA.

Per the wishes of Hugh, this well is now designated the “Mimi Arnold Graduation Well”.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Lauren Arnold of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Lauren and/or those of her counterpart PCVs in Cambodia.

This project has been completed. To read about the conclusion of this project, CLICK HERE.