During its third round of field visits under its partnership in Xieng Khouang province Abundant Water and Caritas visited Namkiew village in Mok district. Namkiew is a majority Hmong village which has recently been affected by flooding.
Abundant Water is preparing to start a new chapter of its story in Timor-Leste. Over past weeks A Timor-Leste local - Joanico De Silva, or Nico as his friends call him, has been training with our team in Laos. This training will equip him with the skills he needs to work with Abundant Water and bring our social business and water filter technology to his home country, Timor-Leste. Now about halfway through his training Nico has reflected on his time with in Laos with our team and we wanted to share that with you.
Nathan Cammerman, formerly a board member of Abundant Water and now Principal at Yew Tree Investments, has generously donated $5000 as Abundant Water continues to develop its Timor-Leste program.
Abundant Water sat down with Nathan to have a chat about his ongoing involvement with the organisation and what he hopes his donation will achieve.
Abundant Water program manager Keith Wingeard has led a successful field visit to villages in Phoukout District of Xiengkhouang. The Abundant Water team visited Yaiy, Bungmanh, Nongkang, Nakhouan and Soui-Nongtang villages.
Ms. Sampon Muntavong is a 52 year old local from Nongkang Village. Ms. Muntavong lives with her 4 nephews and 2 children and her family work in the fields growing peanuts and rice and raising livestock.
Sabaidee, or hello if you prefer! My name is Christopher Tate and I am currently finishing my Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. As part of my degree I was required to undertake a period of work experience in the form of an internship in the engineering sector. This requirement, along with previous experiences in humanitarian engineering through Engineers without Borders Australia, led me to apply for an NCP (New Colombo Plan) Scholarship to allow me to continue to work in this sector. This NCP grant was to be used to fund a 5-week long internship abroad working on the ground with Abundant Water in Vientiane, Laos.
On the International Day of Friendship, Abundant Water celebrated our friendships with many different communities in Laos. Over the past ten years, we have built these relationships by working with communities to get to know many individuals, their needs, and ways of life.
Our ability to build these relationships would not be possible without the support of donations and collaborations with different organisations. Abundant Water is proud to announce a new level of friendship with the Australian Embassy in Laos, demonstrated through awarding of a Direct Aid Program (DAP) grant. The DAP is a small grants scheme coordinated by the Australian Embassy in Laos for development activities which provide direct benefits to people and communities most in need.