Update: Compassion in Cambodia

Water Deprived Villages in Cambodia


A few years Christine and I traveled through Southeast Asia and met a very compassionate man, Nu Tarth. On our return we posted a story on In The Know Traveler about how he survived the genocide of the 70’s “Killing Fields” to start the Angkor Charity Organization, a non-profit devoted to providing clean water and schools. We were so inspired by his work that along with friends, family, and co-workers, we pooled our funds several times to drill wells.

Cambodia Lacks Clean Water

The World Health Organization reports that today 35% of the Cambodian population lacks access to clean water, and UN projections indicate that in 2015 more than 600 million people worldwide will continue to use unimproved water sources. Cambodia ranks among the poorest countries in the global community and this project provides a life giving resource to help stop suffering and death from preventable water borne disease. This year the ALO Cultural Foundation, a U.S. registered 501(c), will partner with this in-country resource to drill wells for those surviving on filthy surface water.

The Buddha was once asked to name the key to happiness. He pondered a moment and replied “If you want to be truly happy, practice compassion”. Take a moment to view the ACF web presence, navigate to the donation page, and practice your compassion. For Steve’s original story, Compassion in Cambodia by Drilling a Well

Help Cambodia

For ways to donate please visit http://www.causes.com/ALOFoundation

Steve Smith and Christine Johnson

Steve Smith inherited the wanderlust and has always needed to see what’s around the next corner. Together with his wife and co-pilot Christine Johnson, their college days were spent enjoying many memorable (and cheap) forays into Mexico sleeping under the stars. Today these excursions are typically press trips and hotels, but gathering unique experiences by getting to know places and people rather than observing as tourists is still their approach to travel. After numerous journeys to North/Latin/South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, they believe this is the true way to experience different cultures.

Author: Steve Smith

Steve Smith inherited the wanderlust and has always needed to see what’s around the next corner. In his college years he enjoyed many memorable (and cheap) forays into Mexico sleeping under the stars, but today that’s all changed. Since 2006 he’s contributed stories and photographs to the digital magazine In The Know Traveler, and in 2014 he assumed an associate editor role with the same. Published both in digital and print formats, his international assignments have taken him to the Middle East, Asia, North/Latin/South America, Europe, and the Caribbean. His Facebook page (Steve’s Roadtrippin’ Travels) spotlights both his photography and how his global road travels intersect with digital storytelling using dynamic space-age mapping technology.

Share This Post On


  1. I am excited that more resources are going towards Cambodia. We visited in December and was completely taken by the country. Such beautiful place and such beautiful people.
    Thank you for the update Steve.

    Post a Reply
  2. Hi Steve,

    Yes, thanks for the update. I have a great passion for this project and hope things change quickly.

    Post a Reply
  3. You’re both welcome, Amy and Devin. This is the first of many updates as this project progresses.

    If you get back to Cambodia, Amy, visit Siem Reap and get in touch with Nu Tarth. He’s a great guide for Angkor Wat and you’ll be able to see his operation in person.


    Post a Reply


  1. Compassion in Cambodia by Drilling a Well | In the Know Traveler - [...] For an update on this story, Update: Compassion in Cambodia [...]
  2. Duke Stewart - […] Steve has visited Cambodia multiple times and shot this nice photo of Angkor Thom’s entrance during one trip there. […]

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Are you ready to Travel for Free?

Do you want to know how I have traveled to over 50 countries for Free?


Join our community and get my new ebook about how to travel for free just like the pros!

You have successfully subscribed! Check your email for your ebook.