Achievements in improving water and sanitation conditions in Cao Bang

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Quang Uyen and Tra Linh are two districts in the mountainous Cao Bang province. According to the reports of the District People’s Committees in 2015, the rate of poor households in these districts are 18% and 20%, higher than the average rate of the province. Some of the main challenges across the districts are the lack of access to clean water sources and hygienic facilities.

Between 2015 and 2018 ChildFund has implemented two projects on improving water and sanitation conditions in 13 communes in Quang Uyen and Tra Linh. The projects aim to improve water and sanitation facilities, promoting hygienic practices and building the capacity of the local authorities, community members and children in order to build healthy communities.

During 2015-2018, some of the key achievements of these projects are:

09 water supply systems were built for 691 households, together with the establishment of operation groups.
The groups are in charge of maintaining and managing the operation of the system and supporting households in
using water at home. By the end of 2017, 60.93% households in Tra Linh and 93% in Quang Uyen have access to
clean water at their homes comparing to 46.80% and 78%, respectively in 2015.

1330 bio-sand filters were built by 13 trained youth groups
with ChildFund’s support on materials and construction technique.

A well system was built to provide clean water at a preschool.

160 plastic water tanks were provided to households.

225 communication sessions were hold at communities and schools with the participation of
over 5,700 people to improve their awareness about water and hygiene.

295 households were supported materials to relocate their cattle shelters away from their homes
to keep their living environment clean and hygienic.

09 water supply and sanitation facilities were built at schools,
helping over 650 students accessing clean water and sanitation.

53 waste collection pits were built at public, communal healthcare centers and villagers
were provided with rubbish bins, helping to improve the living environment.

2258 household hygienic latrines were built.

The participation of people in raising awareness and changing behavior regarding water and sanitation
has improved to create positive change for children’s living and health conditions.

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