Every month we are featuring a youth initiative bringing innovative solutions to a special problem that Cambodia is facing.
Check out our previous article about Young Eco Ambassadors HERE .
One of the projects they have recently initiated is the 10 Days Mission. To understand more about the 10 Days Mission as well as what it means to Cambodian youths, we have caught up with one of the project initiators, Miss Oum Raksmeythida, who excitedly sat with us for the interview.
Can you tell us what 10 Days Mission is and why it was initiated?
Why do you call your project "10 Days Mission"?
For our volunteers, they may get confused that they have to take part in our project for 10 days. But for the public they understand very well why we name it 10 Days Mission because when they come to us they will receive a saving box and have a mission to save as much money as possible within 10 days. That means after finish their 10 Days Mission, they will come back and return the boxes for donation. If they want to continue to support the project, they can always start another 10 day mission. The saving box is also not just about donations- but to show how each of their contributions can have a huge positive impact on others. Every saving they put into the box is equivalent to a drop of clean water they provide to those kids in the long term.
After the fundraising, what will 10 Days Mission do to sustainably provide clean water?
We actually have a cooperation with Clear Cambodia to provide us with Bio-sand Water Filter (BSF) installations, which will provide access to clean water. Besides the technology installation, we also need financial support from the public in order to make sure we can provide sustainable clean and safe drinking water to rural communities.