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 Ford Breaks Ground on Construction of Wells in Siem Reap Province for Rural Communities Lacking Clean, Potable Water

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SIEM REAP, Cambodia— Ford and its long-time partner in Cambodia, RM Asia, on Saturday announced that a USD 70,000 Ford Conservation and Environmental Grant for Cambodia is to be used in a series of projects to construct dozens of community water wells in the village of Rolum Run Tamei and across Cambodia.

As part of its outreach on Saturday, Ford also donated 25 kilograms of rice and other important food staples to each family. School and sports supplies were also provided to the approximately 100 children of the small village.

Construction will begin immediately on wells in the area and in communities across Cambodia, with program completion expected by the end of 2013. Founded in 2005, the village of Rolum Run Tamei and its surrounding farmland, now has 478 residents who are largely low-income Cambodians with insufficient access to basic living necessities such as clean, potable water or dependable food supplies.
Elena A. Ford, Director, Global Marketing, Sales and Service Operations and great-great granddaughter of Henry Ford travelled to Rolum Run Tamei to be present at the ground breaking of well construction. “These much-needed series of wells, in combination with the water purification technology, will supply Rolum Run Tamei and the surrounding farms with clean, safe-to-drink, fresh water,” said Ford. “As Ford expands in Cambodia, we have also pledged to invest in it – not just in automotive infrastructure or new product launches, but in its people, their health and their quality of life.”
She continued: “We are deeply committed to Cambodia, to its people, their health and quality of life. Water is where we’re starting, and we have much further to go.”
The new wells will also provide residents sufficient water supplies not just for daily use in their homes, but also to irrigate their fields.
Ford added: “These wells will help save residents of this village the time and struggle of fetching water from unsafe and unreliable sources far away from their homes.”
Ford’s Green Initiative
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.
In tangent with innovating eco-friendly, fuel-efficient technology that Ford applies to its product development, this program represents a key piece of Ford’s global “green” commitment.
David Westerman, Regional Manager, Ford Export & Growth Operations, noted that Ford is continually working to improve the efficiency of its products and processes, using less energy, water and other resources. "As a result of our efforts, Ford customers get cars with better fuel economy, safety and quality,” he said.
Elena Ford helped with the distribution of supplies to the villagers.
 
Elena led a caravan  of supplies to the village.
   
 
Elena pumped water from one of the constructed wells.
 
The Ford Ranger caravan headed to Rolum Run Tamei.
   
A little girl drinking water from one of 20 wells funded by Ford and RMA
 
 
   
About 100 children received new school supplies and uniforms.
 
The Ford caravan trudged its way to the village.
Residents of Rolum Run Tamei village wait for the donation ceremony to start.
Donations included rice, water, fish sauce and school supplies.
   
Villagers attended the donation ceremony. The Ford caravan trudged its way to the village.
 
 
 
   

  

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11/19/2012 1:25 AM