For most people in Australia, we turn on taps, showers and dishwashers every day without a moment’s thought. But a lack of access to clean and safe drinking water can be a life-threatening problem for many in the developing world.

This is the case in villages in the Prasat Bakong District in north-west Cambodia, where many in the community are often hospitalised with serious illness due to unsafe drinking water.  

However, the lives of ten families and their neighbours have been greatly improved thanks to the successful installation of eight new water pumps, a project that run by a passionate community leader, Sokolthyda Sin.

Sokolthyda was guided through this process by Susan Potter, a skilled local government professional from the City of Wanneroo in Western Australia who took part in the International Mentor Program.

‘It was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience for me, not only did I get a chance to share some of my experiences, I benefited from my mentee’s enthusiasm and ideas, and gained an insight into another culture. My mentee was very motivated to make a difference in her community, my role was to help give her the confidence to progress her ideas.’

Susan Potter, Business Excellence Advisor, Corporate Strategy and Performance, City of Wannaroo, WA