Thrive Networks is excited to announce that our Women-Led Output-Based (WOBA) program is now in full swing. After the program’s launch in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos late last year, we are pushing forward with building piped water systems and latrines for our partner communities and educating families about sanitation and hygiene. All our government and NGO partners are on board, committing funds and assigning staff for the program. WOBA has been well received and we’re constantly learning new things that will help us grow our impact.
In line with the national government’s policy changes for global NGO programs, we moved
Working with gender and disability experts, we gained valuable insights about households headed by women or include persons with disabilities (PWDs), children, and elderly members. We found that factors like low income, poor design, and location of services stopped them from using or accessing water and sanitation services. To better support these families, we will share a toolkit and handbook that focuses on barriers to water and sanitation and infrastructure design for PWDs by May.
We are seeing steady progress in
Information campaigns covered menstrual hygiene management, often overlooked in most sanitation and hygiene projects. Through this, more families now understand how toilets, sinks, and menstrual hygiene products contribute to women and girls’ reproductive and overall health. For the rest of the program, we will ensure that everyone in our partner communities, especially women and girls, have these necessary facilities and supplies.
We had encouraging results from our information campaigns in 46 villages in Champasak province. Family members from 1,998 households now have a clearer understanding of the benefits of toilets and
In Xayabury province, we are preparing for the construction of piped water systems in two districts together with the provincial government and private water operators. This will provide over 1,000 families with clean drinking water.
Looking at the progress so far, we are confident more women will make informed decisions on safe water, sanitation, and other basic needs for themselves and their families. We are excited to see how rural families can improve their health and wellbeing through WOBA in the months to come.