1. During a project progress reviewing and planning workshop earlier this month in Muong Te in remote northern Vietnam, CWS was honored by the Lai Chau provincial People’s Committee with a Certificate of Recognition for significant support and contributions to poverty reduction and development in the province. Together with local partners, CWS is working on integrated community development and awareness raising projects for education support; healthcare promotion; water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) promotion. Gradually and together, we are helping people make positive changes in their lives.
2. Students and teachers of the Yen Thang primary school in Van village are really happy with the new well at their school – one improvement possible because of their collaboration with CWS. Some students and teachers say they cannot believe that their dream for clean and fresh water has now come true. Even better, some say, are safe clean toilets being built with a water supply and separate stalls for boys and for girls. These improvements, along with teaching-learning about good personal hygiene, are possible because the company Tetra Pak is partnering with CWS to fund the project.
3. Phi Hung is a four-year old boy from Vietnam’s La Hu ethnic minority group who, along with his two-year-old brother and countless other ethnic minority children, does not have a birth certificate. When his parents joined a child rights awareness-raising session in his village, they like all others in remote Mu Chi village in northwest Vietnam, did not know that their sons have the right, in law, to a certified birth. Hung’s parents, and others, were truly shocked to learn that their children have other legal rights, too. As a first step to realize their rights, Hung’s parents said they would go to the People’s Committee in their commune the very next day to request birth registration for both their boys. And, from now on, they will try to understand their children’s rights better so they can help fulfill them.
1. Taking advantage their schools’ summer vacation, CWS hosted a series of info-sharing events about child rights and child protection in remote ethnic minority communities northwest Vietnam. While the information sharing was about children, sessions were designed to reach adults, many of whom did not even know, and surprisingly questioned, if children actually have legal rights. In all, more than 600 adults and 400 children and young people joined in these awareness-raising events, and through energizing and fun group exercises with follow-up Q&A, many now have new basic information and awareness about child rights and, importantly, ways to promote child protection in all ways.
2. Following training sessions about community-led total sanitation (CLTS) in June, a series of CLTS activations was led by the training graduates, who attracted the participation of almost 1,000 people in 13 villages of Yen Thang and Tam Van communes. Through peer education, participants were led through a community-wide activity that, eventually and surprisingly, helped them realize that their daily open-defecation habit is very harmful to the health and environment of the whole community. Also, follow-up information from their peers was new for almost all villagers as they heard about different latrine models as a simple, but key, way to prevent defecation-related risks.
3. Seven Vietnam country team members recently joined a two-day Safety/Security/Emergency Management (SSEM) and Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP) workshop, and all-staff feedback showed that everyone gained some new knowledge in support of safe driving and travel, security risk management, effective phone tree use and emergency reporting. Also all staff reviewed the roles and responsibilities of their Emergency Preparedness and Response Team, including emergency communication protocols within CWS and networks for emergency response.
Thai Nguyen training workshops and awareness-raising events
1. Food sanitation info-sharing/ education in Phu Thinh commune, was organized. 80 people, including farmers and food vendors participated. In closing Q&A, participants showed they have updated knowledge about nutrition/food sanitation-safety.
2. First Aid training in Phuc Luong commune.was organized to 5 clinic workers and 17 village health workers.
3. School awareness-raising about child protection was organized in Quan Chu commune for 29 teachers, 270 students and 140 student parents. Participants showed they understand common risks/threats to children in daily life; children learned what they should/should not do for their own protection and risk prevention, and all discussed how to protect children from summer vacation accidents and injuries.
4. Sanitary latrine promotion project activities were started in Phu Thinh and Phuc Luong communes. 53 sanitary latrines were made and are in use.
5. Household waste management info-sharing/ education was organized in Quan Chu commune for 120 people in 3 villages.
The ideas were shared on simple ways, including the banana circle, to manage home/village garbage. 3 community garbage landfills and 10 banana circles at homes were planned to be made.
Muong Te training workshops and awareness-raising events
1. Drowning prevention awareness raising in Nam Khao commune benefits 268 people, including children and other community members in 4 villages. In closing Q&A, children showed they understood basic info and ways to prevent drowning.
2. Workshop on sharing experiences in motivating and making and use of latrine in Pa U commune was organized for 48 people from 2 new villages. Participants visited others’ latrines in a nearby village to learn about sanitary latrine models and community mobilization.
Thanh Hoa training workshops and awareness-raising events
1. Community-led total sanitation (CLTS) info-sharing/ trainings were organized in Tam Van and Yen Thang communes for 34 people including health workers, community cadres. Duty-bearers understand CLTS and sanitary latrine models and have information and skills to organize CLTS activation.
2. School well was made in Van village (Yen Thang commune), which benefits 148 students and 26 teachers of Yen Thang primary school. This well supports better school sanitation and health.