Project #153 | Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Rural Vietnam
Our partnership with Catalyst Foundation
The Raglai people of rural Vietnam have historically been discriminated against because they are a matriarchal society and ethnic minority. They currently live in a state of constant survival, on average earning less than 59 cents a day. Their number one concern is food and water. Eight out of ten Raglai families in these communities do not have a proper bathroom for their house, and 100% of the children are underweight or their growth is stunted due to malnutrition. Additionally, as an ethnic minority, the majority of Raglai community members are refused service from local pharmacies due to discrimination of color, culture, and/or lack of money. The burden of health care rests on the female family members. They often lack any formal education or basic literacy and rely on “word of mouth”. Lack of education about menstruation, birth control, and child development has affected this community for generations.
We partnered with the Catalyst Foundation to provide the Raglai families in rural Vietnam with daily access to: safe water, proper sanitation, health and hygiene education, and quality medical care. The Catalyst Foundation’s “Health and Hygiene” program aims for two outcomes: a decrease in the occurrence of preventable diseases and an increase in the quality of health for each family in the community.
Our collective impact
People Received Hygiene Education
Kator is 66 years old and one of the oldest community members. Her husband died in late 2018 and she lived all alone. During a community meeting, it was her neighbor that asked that a bathroom would be built for her so that she wouldn’t have to walk so far, often at night to relieve herself. Because she’s too old to work every day she often takes care of many of the younger children in the community while their siblings are at school or when their parents are working. She is so grateful for her bathroom and takes pride in keeping it clean and sharing it with her neighbors. Her youngest daughter and granddaughter recently moved in to help her.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our water and sanitation fund.