Cambodia Clean Water Project

AKP Project Since 2008


AKP brings clean, safe water to rural Cambodians


In the last 15 years, Cambodia has made great strides in improving access to clean water for its people. However, nearly 3.4 million Cambodians (one out of every five people) still do not have access to clean water as of 2020. These people are mostly located in rural areas. When safe water is unavailable, people drink from whatever source is available—river, canal, lake—and the unsanitary conditions cause typhoid, cholera, dysentery and other preventable diseases. Unsafe water compromises health and sanitation. Young children are especially vulnerable. In Cambodia, waterborne illnesses are the second leading cause of death for children under five.

In 2008, AKP began building wells for families in Siem Reap. To date, more than 1,300 wells have been installed, bringing fresh, bacteria-free water to more than 24,000 people.

Not only does the clean water improve sanitation and health, it is also used to irrigate farm plots and provide drinking water for domestic animals. Healthy animals and good crops result in increased opportunities for families, helping to lift them out of poverty.

Visit This Project

Stop in a rural village outside of Siem Reap and meet with locals who’ve partnered with A&K Philanthropy to install bio-sand filtered wells as part of the Cambodia Clean Water Project. Hear firsthand how clean wells have reduced the incidence of deadly waterborne illness while benefiting agriculture and livestock.

A&K can include a visit to the Cambodia Clean Water Project on a Luxury Tailor Made Journey to Cambodia and Southeast Asia. Contact our offices in Australia, the UK or the USA for assistance in creating an itinerary just for you. Guests travelling on the Luxury Small Group Journey Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat also visit the Cambodia Clean Water Project.

A gift of $550 builds a well with a bio-sand water filter for a family in Siem Reap. Donors have the opportunity to include their name recognized at the well site and will receive a certificate which includes a photo of the benefiting family, information about the family, GPS coordinates for the well, depth and flow rate of the well, and information about the irrigated area.

If you are interested in building a well in advance of your travel journey, let us know if you'd like to pre-purchase a well!