To help households understand how to manage and treat fecal sludge from septic tank properly, change improper habits and connect households with licensed private units, EMWF cooperated with the Ben Tre Women’s Union to organize training series to improve knowledge and skills for Women’s Union members from 14 clusters/communes on February 28-29th, 2022.
These trainings are a part of the “Fecal sludge management in Ben Tre city” project, financed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through Water for Women Fund and implemented by EMWF.
“The training is really useful, and I gain a lot of project’s knowledge as well as skills to implement the upcoming communication activities, the gifts are adorable”, one participant shared.
Under the framework of these trainings, EMWF coordinated with the People’s Committee of Ben Tre city and treatment plant operator – Ben Tre Urban Joint Stock Company organized 05 tours to the fecal sludge treatment plant.
EMWF believes that this theory and practice combination helps the Women’s Union branches remove the barrier of doubt on the treatment plant and is fully equipped with knowledge in communicating to households about the proper management and treatment of fecal sludge.
About Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) Project:
Phase 1 (July 2017 – June 2020): With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EMWF collaborated with the Ben Tre’s provincial government to construct a very first fecal sludge treatment plant with a treatment capacity of 20 m3/day in Phu Hung commune, Ben Tre City.
Phase 2 (June 2020 – September 2022): With financed from Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through Water for Women Fund, EMWF has continued to implement the project in Ben Tre city with 2 main objectives:
At the heart of our programs are strong partnerships with government, private sector, civil society groups, and local communities. We also implement learning and feedback strategies to strengthen our approaches to promoting gender and socially inclusive WASH practices in our partner communities.