CWS staff provide hands-on guidance to instruct communities on how to build latrines. Photo: CWS
Our Vietnam team continues to work with some of the nation’s poorest and most remote ethnic minority communities. This year, key partnerships in our highly successful campaign to promote latrine use led to gains in hygiene and sanitation and a reduction of disease and illness. This campaign reached thousands of people; 594 families built household latrines, meaning that roughly 3,000 people began to use latrines rather than practicing open defecation. In fact, 13 villages met the standards to be certified as open defecation free.
We also focused on raising awareness about human trafficking, a very real concern in impoverished rural Vietnam, particularly among women and children from extremely poor ethnic minority communities. Through 35 awareness-raising events led by graduates of CWS-organized anti-trafficking workshops, nearly 1,800 people can now better recognize risks and protect themselves against human trafficking.
This work was complemented in Vietnam by other programs to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in schools – including boarding schools for ethnic minority children from remote mountain villages – and a special project to increase the use of home-generated biogas for household energy needs. Additionally, in September we were honored by the national government for more than six decades of loyal partnership in humanitarian action and development.
CWS efforts in Vietnam
in 62 rural communities