The My Five Acres 10 Wells Challenge

By Jane | April 10, 2014

So, what’s The My Five Acres 10 Wells Challenge all about then?

It’s really simple.

We want to raise enough money to build 10 new wells for families in rural Cambodia.

If you didn’t read about our trip to a well-building site in rural Cambodia, that’s a good place to start.

A family at their new well. Picture by 10 Wells For 10 Families.

A family at their new well. Picture by 10 Wells For 10 Families.

For a year now, we have been writing every day, entertaining the masses (that’s you) with our trials, tribulations, and triumphs. And did we ever ask you for anything?

Nope.

Until now.

We have already taken some of our trip budget and used it to build a well for a family.

Their new well will provide them with safe drinking water, allow them to grow more and more varied crops on their land, and give them more spare time to earn a living, or maybe to just have a little fun. All this from access to clean water.

We think clean water is good. Are you with us?

Your Questions Answered

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Some sobering facts:
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[li]More than half of all rural people in Cambodia don’t have access to clean drinking water.[/li]

[li]In Cambodia, one of the leading causes of death for children under 5 is waterborne disease.[/li]
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We don’t think people should have to struggle for something as basic as clean water. Especially not when it’s easy to help.

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It costs as much as you want it to.

For $160, you can buy an entire well. If you only have a few bucks to spare, please feel free to donate a portion of a well.

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We will collect the money with PayPal and send it in batches to 10 Wells For 10 Families, to reduce money transfer costs.

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If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can still use your credit or debit card to make the payment. Just look for Don’t have a PayPal account? on the bottom left of the PayPal page and click Continue. Or email us and we’ll figure something out.

Yes, we promise to spend it on wells for families, and not on cocktails or beer.

Oh, and if you’re really broke, as we know some of you are, you can still help by sharing this with your wealthy friends.[/toggle]

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[li]10 Wells has the same approach to well building as we have to travelling. Keep it simple, don’t waste money, and support the local community with every penny possible.[/li]
[li]We were introduced to the project by our friend in LA, who is friends with the team involved. So we know they’re legit.[/li]
[li]Admin costs are non-existent. 100% of the money goes to building the wells. (This is why they are not a registered NGO. Registering costs money.)[/li]
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[li]Mr. Heang, the local face of 10 Wells, gets gas money to drive his motorbike around the countryside, scouting locations for new wells, vetting the families he chooses, and organising the contracting team. He also occasionally drives people like us around to see the wells.[/li]
[li]BTW. Mr. Heang is awesome and if you need a driver-guide in Siem Reap, hire Mr. Heang.)[/li]
[li]A local four-person team of contractors, who are trained well builders, get paid to build the well. This means, you’re not only building a well, you’re employing people as well.[/li]
[li]The rest is for materials for the well.[/li]
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[li]Please big yourself up in the comments below. People will think you’re cool, and you can peer pressure them into donating too![/li]
[li]Also, sharing the project on Facebook will really help.[/li]
[li]We’ll post updates periodically to show how close we are to our goal.[/li]
[li]Each time we accrue enough for a single well, we’ll send the money to 10 Wells, so a new family can have access to clean water as soon as possible.[/li]
[li]10 Wells For 10 Families will post pictures of the wells we build on their Facebook page, along with the names of the families and their village name, so you can see your well.[/li]
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If building wells in Cambodia isn’t your thing, that’s OK. We still love you. Why not watch this fascinating TED Talk about rethinking how charities work, instead?

Oh, and you can still share this project with your friends.
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Building a well in Cambodia. Picture by 10 Wells For 10 Families.

Building a well in Cambodia. Picture by 10 Wells For 10 Families.

How To Donate

Just to recap the most important bit. If you want to help us build wells:

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If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can still use your credit or debit card to make the payment. Just look for Don’t have a PayPal account? on the bottom left of the PayPal page and click Continue. Or email us and we’ll figure something out.

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13 comments

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  2. Comment by Jane

    Jane Reply April 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Another couple of anonymous donations brings us up to 5 and a bit wells! You guys are amazing. Thanks so much.

  3. Comment by Maria M

    Maria M Reply April 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Done and DONE! With love from the entire Eastern Mountain Clan :)
    Ride On!!
    Cheers,
    M

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane April 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much Maria!

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  5. Comment by Jane

    Jane Reply April 17, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    In addition to those below, we’ve also had a couple of anonymous donors to the cause – OK, we know who they are. So that’s three full wells and a portion of a fourth so far. No donation is too small, so if you can spare a little bit, please donate!

    • Comment by Allan Lim

      Allan Lim April 17, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      that is an amazing effort Jane & Stephen, look forward to reading more of your web posts and seeing the results of your efforts!

  6. Comment by David B.

    David B. Reply April 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    As a french speaking, I won’t try to compete in the pun dep’t but will only say to the FiveAcres team that you earned it well from your hard work with the blog!
    It’s a nice way to change things where your bikes take you and we’re pleased to take part in your challenge!
    Keep up the good blogging…
    Andrée & David

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane April 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks you two! This is amazing.

  7. Comment by Scot

    Scot Reply April 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

    For those that didn’t get my punny comments, that means the crew of SV Monashee all pitched in and bought a well. Challenge accepted!

  8. Comment by Scot

    Scot Reply April 17, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Well, well, well, that’s one more well. Here’s wishing you well. As they say, well begun is half done.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane April 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Well said. And thank you SV Monashee crew!

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