Oxfam: Saving Lives in Laos

Awe-inspiring wilderness, beautiful Buddhist temples and those famous Laoatian smiles aside, Laos is one of the poorest and most disadvantaged countries in South East Asia.

Access to clean running water is something that most of us take for granted, but for Bhoomy Deungmarny from the Sabong Village in the Ta Oy district of Laos, having water ''on tap'' was a far-flung reality until Oxfam supported Bhoomy’s village to install a gravity-fed water pump system.

Until Oxfam brough running water to Sabong, 47 year-old Bhoomy walked 400m up to four times a day to the KaPanh River carrying up to 20 litres of water per trip to provide drinking water for her family of seven.

After construction of the gravity-fed system, Oxfam provided training to four people from the village to be responsible for maintenance and repairs and also trained villagers in water sanitisation methods.

Not only has the installation of the water pump saved villagers (mostly women) up to four hours of labour everyday in transporting water from the river but it's also reduced illness and injury resulting from the at times dangerous trek where mosquito and leech bites were common place.

Bhoomy says she would often catch Malaria or get diarrhoea which meant she wouldn't be able to look after her family and spent much needed money on medicines.

Now Bhoomy and other Sabong Villagers can spend the time they used to spend transporting water in the rice-fields, planting rice and vegetables or catching fish to feed her family.

Visit Oxfam's Blog to find out more about the life-changing work they've been doing in Bhoomy's village.


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