For about the last 25 years, a trained team of around 25 refugee hill people have been providing fresh water on a village by village basis to stateless refugees where they live in the forests of northern Thailand. Water is provided to every home in each village and to date over 250 villages receive fresh water which is around half the villages that constitute the whole community. The water is provided from mountain streams and is transmitted by gravitational feed. The average distance to each village from their water source is five kilometres and the villagers work with the ‘experts’ in providing the channelling of the water from its source.
To date fresh water has been provided to 60,000 people; a million gallons of water are delivered each day. The 250 installations completed over the last 25 years are all still operational. The goal is to provide water to every village.