PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Ford has announced its second wave of water well construction for high-priority rural communities lacking access to clean water in the Cambodian provinces of Takeo and Kampong Speu. Together Ford and dealer partner, RMA Cambodia, are investing USD12,500 to build a series of 13 new water wells in seven villages across the two southern provinces.
The new construction on which Ford this week broke ground is funded through Ford Motor Company’s internationally recognized 2013 Conservation and Environmental Grants Program in Cambodia.
The Takeo province cites nearly 800 families whose water supplies are both unsafe and not meeting their daily volume demands. Meanwhile the province of Kampong Speu, surrounding the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, has more than 200 families who, during the dry season, have no access to potable water whatsoever.
“Ford sees this as both an environmental and a humanitarian undertaking, and it tops our companies’ list of priorities for Cambodia in 2013,” said DJ Simpson, district manager, South East Asia, Ford Export & Growth.
“After careful surveying of water needs across the country, we and RMA identified seven high-priority rural communities in these provinces who suffer from little to no access to water, and we’re going to do what we can to change this,” he said.
Once constructed, the 13 water wells – eight in Takeo and five in Kampong Speu – will supply the nearly 1,000 families with the water they need to quench their thirst, to water their crops and to build healthier, happier lives.
“We are additionally happy to be able to announce that by the end of 2013, we will construct even more new wells in the provinces of Kampong Chhang and Pursat in phase three of our nationwide clean-water well program,” said Seng Voeung, RMA General Manager for Ford, RMA Cambodia.
Ford and RMA have pledged a total of USD70,000 for water well construction across Cambodia for its 2012-2013 grants program, announced in November 2011 in Siem Reap by Elena A. Ford, Director, Global Marketing, Sales and Service Operations and great-great granddaughter of Ford Motor Company founder, Henry Ford.
Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants
Ford Motor Company's Conservation and Environmental Grants program has become an annual event in Asia Pacific. Cambodia was the first country in South East Asia to receive a Ford environmental grant and has been a yearly grant recipient for the last 10 years.
Since launching the global grants programme, Ford has awarded more than US$2 million in grants to hundreds of environmental projects in Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East and Puerto Rico.
In Asia Pacific alone, Ford has played a pivotal role in advancing more than 60 environmental initiatives and Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants program has become an annual event in select markets within Export & Growth’s Asia Pacific region.
“This program is one of the many ways Ford goes further to preserve the environment and improve its communities’ lives,” said David Westerman, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Ford Export & Growth Operations. “Environmental conservation, protection and education are integral to what we do, both as product innovators and members of the communities we do business in.”
DJ Simpson, District Manager, South East Asia, Ford Export & Growth Asia Pacific Region, shares a light moment with some of the local children after the announcement
From left, DJ Simpson, District Manager, South East Asia, Ford Export & Growth Asia Pacific Region, Long Hun, Deputy District Governor of Kong Pisey District, Kampong Speu Province, Rami Sharaf, Country Manager, RMA Group-Cambodia, and Thomas Rosner, Head of Dealer Operation, RMA Group, celebrate the construction of new water wells in Cambodia