Unfortunately, Corona is causing some delay, but the tender for the water supply is almost completed so that the real construction can start at the beginning of 2021. The local government and community are closely involved and jointly responsible for the sustainability of the project.
Due to the lockdown and the extensive paperwork, the tendering for the construction work has been delayed slightly, but we trust that construction will actually take place in the spring of 2021. We will now complete the project in July 2021.
The local government has been actively involved in the project from the start. They value the activities very much and expect a great impact on the lives of the local population, especially children and women. This appreciation and commitment is also evident from the fact that they contributed more than 10% of the budget to the construction costs.
In addition to a financial contribution, the local government contributes in various ways, including making relevant departments and people available, facilitating meetings and conducting awareness-raising campaigns.
What was that again? Our goal is improved access to clean (drinking) water for the local community in Vietnam and children in particular. To achieve this, a water supply system will be built, including a piping system that carries water to six distribution points in six village centers and then connects to 714 households, a kindergarten, a primary school and a secondary school. We do all this as sustainably as possible, so with local involvement and a lot of education.
The local population participated very actively in the communication sessions. This information has made people (still) aware of the importance of clean drinking water and good hygiene. For this reason, they will use and protect water sources correctly, also in the future.
People agreed to spend their own money to cover the cost of home water mains, water meters and water storage, making them responsible for maintaining their own water system, using water sensibly and paying a monthly fee. That money will be used for maintenance of the water system and the costs of the water treatment.