In our project in Vietnam, the start-up of the construction work has been central in recent months and construction is now underway. This does not alter the fact that the information to the local community has continued, because that is just as important. We want to achieve a sustainable result before the end of July.
The bidding process has been successfully completed. A party has been chosen for the construction, but also a party as supervisor. They will work closely together in the coming months to supervise construction and ensure the quality of the water supply system. In addition, the team will work with the supervisor to provide training to community representatives so that they can also supervise construction.
A total of 16 information sessions were organized in all 6 villages. 500 people took part in this. 210 households with the most vulnerable families were visited at home and informed about clean water and sanitation.
WASH activities also took place at schools. Through role plays, sketches and the “Ringing the Golden Bell” competition, attention was paid in a playful, interactive way to the environment, clean water, good hygiene and washing hands. All (100%) of the children in primary and secondary schools have now been informed. The increased awareness of hand washing is especially useful in the present time with Corona.
The local government has been actively involved in the project from the start. They value the activities very much and expect a major impact on the lives of the local population, especially children and women.
As a token of commitment and dedication, a land area of 1,000 m2 has been made available from Dien Quang municipality for the water pumping station. In addition, the Dien Quang community council also selected 6 members of the community council to act as representatives to supervise the construction and to guarantee the quality of the construction process.
What was that again? Our goal is improved access to clean (drinking) water for the local community and especially children in Vietnam. To achieve this, a water supply system will be built, including a piping system that supplies 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 of this as sustainably as possible, so with local involvement and a lot of information.
In the coming period, we will facilitate the establishment of a water management committee together with the local authorities. This committee will be responsible for the water system – including technical and financial management – and thus ensure that the water supply provides sufficient clean water to all households in the 6 villages and schools.
The members of the committee will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to properly maintain the system through training. But not only that: general information on topics such as clean water, good hygiene, behavioral change and ways to filter water are also discussed. With this they can continue to inform the community, also in the future!
We expect to complete the project successfully and within budget by the end of July, despite Covid-19 and thanks to the local team!