I am in the middle of an eye-opening, inspiring visit to Cambodia to write a story on the work being done by Engineers Without Borders Australia and their volunteers. We have just landed in Siem Reap after four days in Phnom Penh reviewing ceramic water filtration innovations, prosthetic limb production for landmine and traffic victims as well as the 50,000 Cambodians afflicted with polio, and a terrific setup which has the husband peddling furiously outside the rural birthing clinic while the mother to be has a direct water supply in the labour room. Since Khmer men are not allowed at the birth I like the idea of the wife telling hubby to "get on yr bike!". And with energy in rural areas costing around $1/kW when its even available (the clinic we visited serviced around 15,000 locals and had no power) a bike-pedal pump is the only way to get the rainwater to a gravity header tank for use within the building. Pics to follow - stay tuned!
Sally Dominguez writes, skis, designs and teaches, is curious about most things and loves Dr Seuss.