Clean Water Ends Waterborne Disease
Communities in Vietnam are no strangers to violent weather, but climate change has raised the bar with rising tides, destructive flooding, and more frequent and powerful storms. Outwardly, we may see physical damage to crops and homes, but the invisible toll is the contamination of surface and ground water, forcing families to drink unclean water, which sickens children and hurts communities.
East Meets West/Thrive Networks is taking action and has built nearly 250 small-scale water filtration systems at kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools to provide safe and clean drinking water for students and teachers.
Each water purifiying system delivers drinking water for 400 to 850 students using well-established reverse osmosis and ultraviolet (UV) technologies. The program also installs hand-washing facilities and teaches students about environmental cleanliness and personal hygiene.