During this project period, a lot of attention has been paid to educating the community and local (health) volunteers. In addition, important steps have been taken in the development of the water system by formalizing responsibilities and actively involving all stakeholders. Despite a small delay because things took longer than planned, it is expected that the actual construction can be started at any time.
All 22 teachers of the playgroup in Dien Quang have been informed about personal hygiene and the importance of washing hands after visiting the toilet. They have been trained for a day. They use the knowledge they have acquired in their work. All 336 children (174 boys and 162 girls) benefit from this.
Local volunteers play an important role in the community in Vietnam. A total of 22 local volunteers, half of them women, attended special training. In this training they learned about health topics such as the importance of clean drinking water, good hygiene and preservation of the environment. They also gained additional knowledge and skills about behavioral change and different ways of conveying information to others.
After the training, the volunteers organized 17 awareness meetings in the community. A total of 458 inhabitants (69 men and 389 women) from the 6 villages therefore have more knowledge about water, hygiene and nature conservation.
In addition to the group meetings, the volunteers visited the houses to personally encourage people to put hygiene advice into practice and to apply it within their own families. At least 145 households have been visited in this way in recent months.
Ms. Ha Thi Tinh, a volunteer from one of the villages, talks about the effect health education has on the community:
“The people in the community were very enthusiastic about the health education!
For example, one of the participants indicated that until today she got the water she uses for drinking and cooking from a well nearby. She assumed that this water was clean.
By attending the education, she became aware of the risks and realized that the water she used is polluted and can cause diarrhea.
To prevent her children from getting sick, she will certainly consult her husband to buy treated water. “
In July 2020, there was a second wave of Corona infections in Vietnam. Fortunately, no people have been infected with the virus in the project area and Ba Thuoc district. At the time of writing, 1 case was known in the province (Thanh Hoa). Surrounding provinces also reported various infections.
The preparations for the design document and budget took more time than initially planned. The Ba Thuoc program team does everything it can and actively cooperates with all involved to get all work done on time despite the small delay! The construction of the water system is expected to start on October 1.
The engineers of Limited Company have submitted the construction plan after a period of thorough (topographic / geological) preliminary investigation. Ba Thuoc Area Program then organized large-scale meetings with the district board in which various stakeholders could think along and share their view of the water system.
In addition, a management team has been put together by the local government. This team has a lot of technical expertise and will support the existing Ba Thuoc program team in order to keep a close eye on the progress of the construction work and to arrive at a good and high-quality water system.
The Dien Quang community council has stated in a formal letter that it will make land available for the central water pump system.