Off we go to Smach
The Shinta Mani Team collected us from Horizons at 8.00am!! It was great to see Solomon again and he was very excited to tell us that we would be present at the FIRST auger drilling at the Village for the water bore. We drove North towards Thailand. We met with the Village Chief and Deputy Chief and also met Pierre (CFI) who is involved with this project with Shinta Mani. We walked around looking at various water holes which can be used for washing and animals but it is no good for drinking purposes. The water holes are just open holes in the ground so any contamination and disease can easily end up in there. We also visited a sewing centre which teaches the local villagers sewing skills. They were making government uniforms while we were there. The plan is to make mosquitto nets as all nets in Cambodia are made in Thairland or India. This is a great incentive and opportunity for this area to generate a large income. We waited patiently for the supplier to arrive with the machinery and equipment for the bore holes. We were advised he was coming in his hand made truck!! Finally after a very long wait we could hear something coming. Once he turned into the driveway we could understand why it took him so long! He set up the bore rig and then advised that he had alot of work to do stabilising the rig before it could break any earth. Solomon and Pierre are going to send us a DVD of this exciting moment and we will share then!! It is very humbling to know that we have helped improve the lives of 30+ families who soon will be enjoying fresh disease free water in a very dry area of Cambodia. Solomon advised that people in these villagers were moving towards the bigger cities but were unable to obtain employment, so they are looking at ways to keep them in their villages with training and opportunities to create sustainable business ventures.
After a long and dusty day we enjoyed an awesome foot massage at the night markets. Our tuk tuk driver Mal was a very nice and kind man with loads of patience... and a wonderful smile!! We had a late dinner at the Red Piano.... still waiting for the Angelina Jolle Cocktail to make us look like her ... no effects yet.. although Belle feels her lips are a little poutier.