This is our personal X-mas story. It is about a toilet. Toilet No 1.
Toilet No 1 is situated in the village of Brei, in the Banteay Srei district in Cambodia, in the hinterland of the famous Angkor temples. There was no toilet in Brei before, the people of Brei went to the jungle if they needed to. The elderly people still do, because they are a bit afraid of this new toilet. But the kids think it is fun. And there are many kids in the village of Brei…
Toilet No 1 was built as part of a donation we made via the Shinta Mani Community Project, along with four water wells, seeds, and gifts of rice and fish sauce. Breeding pigs, bicycles and sewing machines will follow, once the receiving families have reached the first goals set by the project.
Toilet No 1 and the other donations are our Christmas gift – from our families and friends, to us, but above all to the families of Brei and Khnar. During our recent trip to South East Asia, we had the chance to visit the Shinta Mani Project, and together with Sour Vong, the local project leader, meet the families who can profit of our donations. This is probably the most sustainable Christmas gift we ever got, and gave. Many many thanks to Madlen & Roland, Vreni & Berni, Baschi, Hannah, Claudia & Heiner, Martin & Romana, Anne, Jenny, Peter & Tim, Olivier, Andrea & Thomas, but also to Chitra and Sour Vong of Shinta Mani for making this possible! I’m already thinking about the next occasion to collect further donations..
Check out this link for pictures of our visit, and my website with more info on the project.