Under the framework of “Women-led Output Based Aid – WOBA” project, Vietnam Women’s Union and East Meets West Foundation organize the WOBA project closing conference on November 29th, 2022 in Ha Noi, Vietnam.
Participants of the WOBA project closing conference include representatives from Australian department of foreign affairs and trade (DFAT), leaders of Vietnam Women’s Union (WU), directors of water resource ministry, health environment management agency, national center for rural water supply and sanitation (NCERWASS), delegates from people’s committee, WU, provincial center for rural water supply and sanitation (PCERWASS), centers for disease control (CDC) at 05 provinces: Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Ben Tre, ministries, departments, local and international organizations that are implementing clean water and sanitation programs/projects such as: UNICEF, Save the Children, PLAN, PHAD, project representatives in Laos and Cambodia joins virtually, … leaders and staff of East Meets West Foundation (EMWF).
After more than 4 years of implementation, the conference is held to evaluate the achieved results, share experience and discuss solutions to maintain the project sustainability. The conference also commended and awarded organizations and individuals for their outstanding achievements in the project implementation. At the same time, EMWF and Vietnam WU express appreciation to the partners who have collaborated to bring the project to completion.
From 2018 to 2022, with the funding from DFAT through “Water for Women Fund” project, Vietnam WU have cooperated with EMWF and local partners at 05 provinces: Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Ben Tre to implement the WOBA project. The project objectives are improving community health, gender empowerment, social inclusion through output-based aids to support poor, near poor, GESI households in Vietnam rural areas access to hygienic latrines and clean water, enhance the women empowerment during project implementation. WOBA project has 2 components: Sanitation and Clean Water.
With the continuous efforts from the participant agencies, the project has achieved the following impressive results:
“Access to clean water and sanitation services, appropriate medical care, and good education for communities, especially in rural areas, including the disadvantaged are the basic elements of ordinary life, which are also the core values and mission of the WOBA project. EMWF is pleased to join hands with partners to successfully carry out this mission.”, shared by Mr. Nguyen Hiep, Chief representative and Deputy Country Director of EMWF.
“The Vietnam WU, together with five project provinces, has fulfilled its commitments to donors in recent years. In the upcoming time, the Vietnam WU and the project provinces will increase their efforts together with the political system to pursue and achieve the goal for all Vietnamese women and people in all regions to have access to clean water and hygienic latrines, contributing to the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030: “achievement of access to suitable and equal sanitation for all, elimination of defecation exposed, paying special attention to the needs of women, girls and people in disadvantaged situations,” shared by Ms. Ton Ngoc Hanh, alternate member of the Party Central Committee, Vice President of the Vietnam Women’s Union.
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.