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Clean Water Initiative

Grantee:

NUSA Center for Energy and Environment Technology

Description:

Providing Clean Water to Underserved Communities in Central Viet Nam.

Grant Amount:

$25,000 (VND 529,000,000)

Despite economic growth and social development in Viet Nam, disparities and inequalities exist among different regions and ethnicities. Among the poorest and most disadvantaged is the Central region of the country, where natural resources are scarce and the local economies are still under-developed.

The initiative targets the poorest communes of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces in Central Viet Nam (Phu Luu, Cam Due, Quang Hai, Phu Trach, An Thuy, and Ham Ninh communes). The local economies rely heavily on agricultural and fishing and the average annual income per capita is under $460/year. Of the problems facing local populations, clean water is one of the most significant. People continue to use unfiltered water from local ponds and water bodies for cooking and daily activities. These sources of water are highly contaminated and unsafe. In the summertime when water is scarce, people have to buy water from boats and trucks arriving from other parts of the country, costing VND 80,000-100,000/m3 ($3.7-4.6/m3).

Through a two-phase collaboration among NUSA Viet Nam JSC, the local government, and RHE, target communes will receive various infrastructure upgrades and filter systems for clean water. Over 35,000 people, particularly school children in target communes, will benefit from this project.