WOBA Leadership Training


Gender equality and social inclusion are central to the Women-Led Output-Based Aid (WOBA) program. WOBA tackles water and sanitation barriers by delivering education, information and leadership through the Vietnam Women’s Union, a well-connected mobilizing force with 17 million members, to spur gender-transformative WASH into action.

WOBA women build confidence to negotiate critical needs within the family structure, spurring organic and sustainable gender equality in the broader community and subsequently within the construct of WASH programming and policy.

In Southeast Asia, nearly 185 million people do not have basic sanitation facilities, and over 100 million people lack access to clean water. Resulting community health complications are deeply compounded for women and girls in the realms of education, leadership, maternal and child health, and poverty eradication.

Donate to support the women of Vietnam in empowering marginalized populations across the country and in our newest program in PDR Lao.

East Meets West/Thrive Networks trains Vietnam Women’s Union members to educate families about new and affordable solutions. The Women’s Union facilitates regular meetings to engage and empower women, supporting them to identify WASH challenges and providing them with the advice, tools and options available to create a sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene lifestyle.

WOBA empowers women to enter the still largely male domain of decision-making and design processes around WASH.

– Elaine Mercer, Institute of Development Studies

East Meets West/Thrive Networks is a super-fueled catalyst which engages communities to address and transform inequality via fresh power structures involving even the most marginalized people.

Read more here about women leading the way to deliver clean water connections and sanitation to thousands of rural homes.