The TreadRight Foundation, created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, has partnered with Just A Drop, an international water development charity, to bring clean and safe water to three villages in the Kralanh District of Cambodia.
After decades of civil war, North-western Cambodia still belongs to the least developed areas of the country. The population consists mainly of returned refugees and migrants from other regions of the country, often trying to secure their livelihoods under the simplest conditions with minimal resources, and many live below the national poverty line. Sanitation, access to clean water, and health and hygiene issues remain as major development challenges.
Funding from the TreadRight Foundation will allow Just a Drop to deliver high impact interventions in water supply, sanitation and hygiene with strong involvement of community leadership in each of the three villages.
The project aims to transform the lives of 1,806 people who live in the villages of Damrey Slap, Knar Chor, and Rolom Sway by improving general health as water-related illness decreases; improving quality of life through sanitation and hygiene; making it so that children are better able to secure an education, as they are not ill, nor needing to collect water; making it so that women are better able to earn income, as they have no need to fetch water, thereby improving gender and social inequality; making more money available to communities as they will spend less on medicine; and creating a situation in which more people are likely to stay in the villages, as economic conditions improve.
“Since its founding, Just a Drop has encouraged travel and tourism businesses to give back in the places in which they operate, a charge that aligns perfectly with our mission at TreadRight,” says Brett Tollman, CEO, TTC and founder, TreadRight Foundation. “They’ve initiated more than 130 water development projects, serving an estimated 1.3 million children and their families to date, and we are proud to help them continue to reduce child mortality by delivering access to clean, safe water to the places where it is needed most.”