Maybank Cambodia, in collaboration with the Embassy of Malaysia and supported by the Ministry of Rural Development of Cambodia, launched their ‘Water for Life’ project, a sustainable initiative to provide access to clean, safe water in rural areas, on Sunday in Thnal Ta Saeng village of Kampong Chhnang province’s Rolar Paer district.
The project was inaugurated by Maybank Cambodia Chairman Dato’ Johan Ariffin, who was joined by Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia Dato’ Sri Hasan Malek, Rural Development Ministry secretary of state Math Mara, and other invited dignitaries from the Cambodian government, the Malaysian Embassy and Maybank Cambodia.
Lecturers and students from the Malaysian Polytechnic International CSR Volunteering Program helped to design and build a simple, effective and affordable water filtration system to be used by more than 500 families based in three different villages in Kampong Chhnang and Tbong Khmum provinces.
“This is a collaborative initiative between Maybank and the Embassy of Malaysia to introduce a CR programme that will benefit the Cambodian community in a sustainable manner,” said Dato’ Johan Ariffin. “We are honoured to be able to work together with the Ministry of Rural Development to improve the lives and conditions of the rural communities in Cambodia through this sustainable clean water project.”
Ariffin added that the lack of access to clean water leaves Cambodian children vulnerable to diseases such diarrhoea, one of the leading cause of death among children under five, and that this initiative will generate a far reaching social impact for the community at large.
Maybank Cambodia received the Most Outstanding Social Performance award at the 2013 Cambodia Banking & Finance Awards and Best CSR Bank in Cambodia for 2015 by the Global Banking & Finance Review.