On September 5 in Lai Chau province, MoMo Piggybank Community and VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) hand over the water well and pumping system to Mu Sang Boarding Elementary School in Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province. The donation valued at 233 million VND was raised via the Piggybank Community of MoMo e-wallet and will support VCF’s Clean Water program to provide access to safe water for disadvantaged ethnic minority children. The program helps improve sanitation at schools and ultimately enhances the overall health status of the population in rural areas of Vietnam.
The donation handover ceremony is pleased to welcome Ms. Mai Thi Hong Sim – Member of the Standing Committee, Vice Chairwoman of Phong Tho District People’s Committee, Mr. Phan A Ton – Party Secretary of Mu Sang Commune, Mr. Phan A Chinh – Chairman of Mu Sang Commune People’s Committee, Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 H’Hen Nie, and Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan – Director of Public Health Program, VinaCapital Foundation.
Phong Tho is a border mountainous district located in the north of Lai Chau province with 96% of the population being ethnic minorities. The remote location creates countless difficulties and challenges for the people of Phong Tho district in clean water access. Clean water is foundational to everyone’s health and reduces the spread of all types of diseases, especially for children from families in rural areas. Therefore, it is crucial to bring safe water to underserved ethnic communities like Phong Tho district.
With support from the MoMo Piggybank Community and Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 H’Hen Nie, the Clean Water program of VCF installed a water well with a pumping system to provide safe water for students and teachers at the Mu Sang Boarding Elementary School, Phong Tho district. The system maintenance expenses including all replacement parts for the systems are guaranteed for 1 year.
For the first time, 500 students and 40 teachers of the Mu Sang Boarding Elementary School can stop using rainwater from unsanitary tanks and start getting clean water at school without having to travel more than 1.5km uphill to get water from the closest stream. This will help reduce water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever, E. Coli infection, and more, improving health outcomes and access to education for poor ethnic minority children in Lai Chau’s mountainous areas.
“All of us at the Mu Sang Boarding Elementary School are overjoyed when receive the water well and pumping system. From now on, our ethnic minority students can use safe water at school without having to face as many hardships and difficulties as before”, states Mr. Mai Anh Thang – Principal of Mu Sang Boarding Elementary School. “No words can describe our gratitude towards all donors and supporters for bringing wonderful opportunities to students and teachers in disadvantaged areas like us.”
“We are honored to have the support from MoMo Piggybank Community and Miss H’Hen Nie to provide essential access to clean water for underserved communities in Lai Chau province,” says Rad Kivette, VinaCapital Foundation’s CEO. “With the trust and dedication from all the kind hearts of the MoMo Piggybank Community, for which we are very grateful, VCF will continue to improve healthcare and living standards for our children, transforming the lives of thousands in Vietnam who need our help.”
Since 2017, the Clean Water program has completed the installation and handover of 100 clean drinking water filtration systems, which benefit more than 26,000 people in Quang Nam, Dong Thap, Bac Kan, Ninh Thuan, Tra Vinh, Binh Thuan, Yen Bai, Long An, Dak Lak, Quang Ngai province, and Ho Chi Minh city.
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