The beautiful thing about working with GIVE in a community as vibrant as Sop Chem is that everyday can be a favorite memory. That being said, our very first project in Sop Chem involved working alongside the community to build a freshwater tank. Before we could begin construction on the water tank, we had to connect the piping from the fresh water source 6km away and across the Namou River.
I remember sitting in the classroom jumping up from the sound of loud counting outside. The volunteers, students and myself quickly ran to see the whole village, all of the volunteers, and staff (about 300 hardworking individuals) collectively pulling a rope with one goal: to provide access to clean drinking water. It was one of our first days in the village, but there was no cultural divide or reluctance, just two parties working together and dedicating sweat equity for the good the village.
This tug of war with the piping helped establish an everlasting connection and trust with the commmunity of Sop Chem. Like a storybook ending, we successfully connected the piping to Sop Chem and cooled off with a huge dance party in the pouring rain.