About Wine To Water
Wine To Water’s US staff, although small in number, shares a huge passion for bringing clean water to folks in need. Our passion unites us and brings us joy as we work with our local partners on the ground. Wine To Water has worked in 25 countries, 11 of which are ongoing projects, and have provided clean water to over 500,000 people since our inception. We find it a privilege to currently work in 5 regions (The Amazon, Dominican Republic/Haiti, East Africa, Nepal and Cambodia) to support over 30 international aid workers on 4 continents, as we all work hard to fight this epidemic together.
Wine To Water is committed to serving in community to provide water to those in need.
What We Do
Each project is unique, but the common theme is that we use local people in each country. We develop leaders in the community and educate them on proper water and sanitation methods to promote sustainability. Our work empowers the local community to help them meet their ongoing needs.
WITH EVERY PROJECT, THE COMMON THREAD
in our work is ensuring that the proper type of water system is used for each specific community.
Our methods include shallow & deep wells, well repairs, ceramic water filters, bio-sand filters, Sawyer filters, and rain-water harvest tanks.
We also improve sanitation using latrine and hygiene education.
We use local materials whenever possible.
We monitor and report on all our projects.
We are constantly developing our programs and striving for more efficient systems.
We have water projects in 25 countries
Belize, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, United States, Vietnam, ZimbabweHow We Began
Doc Hendley is the founder and international president of Wine To Water. In 2003 he dreamed up the concept of the organization while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. The first fundraiser was held in January of 2004 and by August of that year, Doc was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of the government supporting genocide. When Doc returned home in August of 2005, the haunting memories of what he had seen in Darfur drove him to continue building the organization he had started two years earlier.
In 2007, Wine To Water became an official 501(c)3 non-profit. In 2009, Doc and the work of the Wine To Water team was recognized by the CNN Heros program, launching the organization’s efforts globally. Doc’s dream, and the goal of Wine To Water, is to quench the thirst of those in need.
Meet the Wine To Water Team:
As a student trying to find his calling, Doc learned about the global water crisis while balancing his studies with bar-tending in Raleigh, NC. Captured by the cause, he decided to take action the way he knew best: pouring drinks and playing music for a benefit event. After the surprisingly large success of his first event, Doc found himself in the heart of the Darfur war conflict in 2004 serving to provide water to those in desperate need.
Upon returning to the US, Wine To Water was born in Boone, NC. Since his initial efforts, Doc has traveled around the world helping combat the water crisis, impacting both our local communities and those abroad. He is relentless in his pursuit to ensure clean water to those in need.
David is a former Navy Special Operations Officer and currently serves as the CEO. He joined WTW in September 2014, inspired by its team and purpose to serve others. He loves to be a part of a team committed to doing something great.
Lisa currently lives in Raleigh, NC and serves as the Director of Volunteer Programs. She has been coordinating volunteers internationally since 2005 and is passionate about connecting people to service opportunities around the world, while exposing them to the global water crisis.
Josh began volunteering with Wine To Water as a student in 2009. He started the first WTW student club at Appalachian State University. Today, he serves as the International Operations Director and insures that all of our projects are implemented in an empowering way. He is dedicated to building the Wine To Water community, sharing our story, helping folks in need, and riding his Harley as much as possible while doing it.
Katy is a native to Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Public Relations, Nonprofit Management. She first began volunteering with Wine To Water in high school and is one of our longest-serving supporters. With a passion to organize and create efficient systems, she came on staff in April 2015 as the Administrative Director.
After interning as the Operations Intern during her final semester at Appalachian State University, Madi accepted the offer to come on board as the Development Manager. She works primarily to empower our professional chapters across the country to engage their communities in serving those in need. She is passionate about understanding others and finding ways to connect people’s strengths and skills to transform lives with clean water.
Shane started working with Wine To Water in the fall of 2015 as the Program Development Manager. In addition to helping maintain international operations, Shane is our personal chocolatier and loves making healthy, organic Community Well chocolate to raise funds for water projects.
Sarah first heard about Wine To Water as a college student at Appalachian State University. After graduating, she kept tabs on the organization, and when she ended up back in Boone years later working at ASU as an office manager, she got in contact with the volunteer director, Lisa Merritt, asking how to get involved. After interning for a year with the volunteer program on top of working her full time job, Sarah made the move to join WTW full time as the Intern Coordinator. She has a passion for helping others succeed in what they are doing and enjoys using her organizational skills and love for college students to fight the water crisis.
Tina has worked with incredible non-profits around the globe and in North Carolina. She recently volunteered in the Dominican Republic with Wine To Water for five months as part of a family sabbatical with her husband and three teenage children. Having lived in rural Africa, Central America, and the Dominican Republic; she is passionate about building partnerships and leveraging resources so together we can be part of community transformation in our own neighborhoods and around the world. She now serves as the Director of Grants and Fund Development for Wine To Water.
Kaylie was born and spent the majority of her life in Tampa, FL and found out about Wine To Water through a Just One Shift event there. She served in the Amazon with WTW in the fall of 2014 and her heart and global perspective was forever changed. She created the Tampa chapter of WTW in March of 2015, took another volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic in October of 2015 and has held fundraisers to support the clean water missions. With a very diverse background focused on building relationships, she has recently come on board the WTW staff as the Volunteer Program Coordinator. She will be leading trips into the field as she helps grow this integral part of the organization.
The Global Water Crisis
Out of the 6.7 billion people on earth, 2.4 billion lack access to basic sanitation and 663 million lack access to clean water. Every 20 seconds a child dies of a waterborne illness and 443 million school days are lost each year from water related illnesses.
Since 2004, Wine To Water has provided over 500,000 people with access to clean water.
GEOGRAPHIC INFO: CAMBODIA
Motto: “Nation, Religion, King.”
Capital: Phnom Penh
Population: 14,952, 644
Religion: Theravada Buddhism
Government Structure: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Total GDP: $36,540 Billion
Per Capita: $2,395
Official Language: Khmer
Popular Sports: Football (Soccer)
Staple Foods: Rice Fish, Curry and Bread
Major Exports: Clothing, Timber and Rubber
Major Imports: Petroleum Products, Cigarettes and Gold
Meet the Kone Kmeng Team
Pang Sophany, Founder/Director
This Cambodia-born entrepreneur worked with YWAM, Tearfund and Samaritan’s Purse before starting his own organization. He is now fundraising and managing all aspects of Kone Kmeng in Cambodia.
Keo “Ya” Chakrya, Relief & Development Program Assistant
He is passionate about seeing the impoverished communities in Cambodia improve their economic standards. He also deeply desires to see Cambodian children live and thrive in a safe environments without exploitation and abuse while receiving an education.
Savuth Lo, Relief & Development Manager
Born and raised in Cambodia, Savuth serves as the Relief and Development Assistance and Program Manager for Kone Kmeng. He supervises the clean water and sanitation projects and is able to lean into his experience from World Vision, World Relief, and AMADE as he leads in Kone Kmeng.
Setha Prum, Provincial Facilitator
Setha serves as the Provincial Facilitator and leads field teams to drill wells and install latrines. He also helps to communicate with local churches about CWS projects.
PM: Fly into Phnom Penh (PNH)
AM: Team Orientation and Currency Exchange
PM: History tour of Phnom Penh
AM: Travel to Svay Rieng Province
PM: Staff, Site and Province Orientation
AM: Former Beneficiaries Follow-Up
PM: Former Beneficiaries Follow-UP
AM: Dig a Latrine
PM: WASH Program- Hygiene Lessons
AM: Dig a Well
PM: Service Activities for Children- WASH
AM: Water Project/Service Activities
PM: Water Project/Service Activities
AM: Pack Up- Return to Phnom Penh
PM: RDI (Water Lab)
AM: Final Debrief
PM: Pack, Shop, Depart
Frequently Asked Questions
What should a team pack?
Work clothes, shorts, warm jacket, toiletries, notebook, reusable water bottle, closed toed work shoes (tennis shoes are fine), sunscreen, towels, camera (optional), hat, sunglasses, personal medications, and passport.
Which airport should we plan to fly into?
Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)
Is there a dress code?
We ask that men and women dress modestly-no shorts.
Will a children’s program need to be prepared?
Yes! Children’s programs are available and you should plan them ahead of time! There can be anywhere from 300–500 children all at one time, ages 6–15 years of age. Any creative activity indoors or outdoors would be great.
Do we need a visa to enter your country?
Yes. You can apply online or at the airport upon arrival. NOTE: if you decide to apply at the airport in Cambodia, you must have your passport and a passport size photo with you in-hand. Either way, you will have to pay $20 USD for a 30-day tourist visa.
Is there an age requirement?
Individual: As an individual, you are required to be age 18 or older.
Group: Age requirements are dependent on the leader of the group. Keep in mind that Wine To Water requires anyone age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
What vaccinations and medications are needed?
We recommend that you check with your doctor (ideally 4–6 weeks before departure) for any personal medications, letting them know where and when you will be traveling.
Required Vaccinations and Medications:
-Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine
-Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
-Hepatitis A and B
-Malaria medicine (taken orally before, during, and after your trip)
Recommendations for other medications:
-Anything for dehydration
What is the recommended group size? Is there a maximum or minimum number?
Our partnering organization, Kone Kmeng, can host a team up to 15 people at a time.
What are the living conditions like?
In Phnom Penh, the team will stay at Kone Kmeng’s guesthouse, which is called the Green Pasture Inn. Here you will have access to hot water, air conditioning, WiFi, towels and pillows. You will most likely share a room with another guest in twin-sized beds, but there are a few rooms with double beds for single occupants.
When you travel to the province of Svay Rieng, the team will stay at a guesthouse or hotel, which will have very similar accommodations to the Green Pasture Inn.
What is the weather like?
We recommend checking the weather online before traveling. The average temperature is around 75 degrees.
What will meals be like?
Khmer food normally consists of fried foods, soup with meats (chicken, beef, pork and fish), and rice. Breakfast is normally served with noodle soup, pork-fried rice, and chicken. Western-style food is available in the city.
Will there be snacks to purchase?
There will be a few opportunities to purchase snacks with your own spending money. We also recommend buying only packaged items or bringing snacks from home.
Is there a way to contact the US?
We encourage you to unplug while you are on your service trip. Even if internet is available, we ask that time spent online is kept to a minimum, so that you can fully engage in the experience. In case of emergency, Skype is available for team leaders as well as limited phone calls.
Are the electrical outlets the same as they are in the US?
The electrical system in Cambodia has a conglomeration of various plugs and sockets. The only thing consistant is the 220V and 50Hz. Even though the outlets may seem similar to the US (2-prong plug-in) some appliances can “explode” if they are not used with a proper adapter or converter. You will need to check on the actual appliance to see what the voltage is. Most cameras, phones, and other appliances are around 240v.
The type of sockets: Simple plug adapters are can cost as little as $.50 USD. Voltage converters are also available and prices vary depending on quality, most of them being made in China.
What type of payments are accepted in country?
The U.S. dollar can be used almost anywhere in Cambodia (preferably smaller bills $1, $5, $10 and $20) Cambodian currency is Riel. The exchange rate is 4,000 Riels per $1 USD.
What can a team bring to donate?
Kone Kmeng will send a wish list to Wine To Water periodically. For an updated list contact email@example.com.
Cambodia has a rich and powerful history that plays a significant role in Wine To Water’s projects. When you sign up for a trip to Cambodia, you will learn about the implications of the recent genocide, then head into the rice fields of Svay Rieng where you will provide a well for a family. Volunteers will also be able to built a latrine for a family, teach hygiene lessons, follow-up will previous well/latrine beneficiaries, build relationships with dorm students as you teach English, and tour the water sanitation plant, RDI, in the city of Phnom Penh. An unforgettable experience!
Wine To Water
Volunteer Program Director
770.851.4132. (US Cell)
Volunteer Program Coordinator
813.468.7585 (US Cell)
President and CEO
747 West King Street, Suite #200
Boone, NC 28607 USA
Kone Kmeng Office
#44CEo, St, 454
Sankat Toul Tompong II, Khan Chamkamon,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia