On the morning of May 19, 2023, VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) collaborates with Scenic Group, Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam Youth Federation of HCMC, and other donors to inaugurate and hand over 5 clean water filtration systems to disadvantaged primary and secondary schools in HCMC. Through VCF’s Clean Water program, the 355 million VND donation will provide safe drinking water to underprivileged children and improve sanitation at the schools. The 5 filtration systems will improve the overall health status of the population in HCMC.

The donation handover ceremony is pleased to welcome Mr. Phil Jordan – Director of Sustainability & Delivery of Scenic Group; Ms. Tran Thu Ha – Deputy Secretary of the Youth Union, President of the Vietnam Student Association of Ho Chi Minh City; Mr. Nguyen Chi Dung – Deputy Chief of Foreign Non-Governmental Affairs Department, HCMC Union of Friendship Organization; Ms. Le Thi Anh Thu – Member of the Standing Committee of District Party Committee, Vice Chairman of People’s Committee of Nha Be District; Director – Producer – Actress Ngo Thanh Van, Member of the Board of VinaCapital Foundation & Businessman Huy Tran; and Mr. Rad Kivette – CEO of VinaCapital Foundation.

Rapid population growth and industrialization are the reasons for poor water quality in cities like HCMC, especially in suburban areas. Since clean water is crucial for good health, providing students and teachers in the city’s suburban areas with safe drinking water is essential. In collaboration with the Youth Union of HCMC, Vietnam Youth Federation of HCMC, Scenic Group, and other donors and partners, VCF installs 5 Reverse Osmosis and Ultraviolet water filtration systems at the schools below:

  1. Duong Van Lich Primary School, Nha Be District
  2. Nguyen Van Tran Primary School, Binh Chanh District
  3. Nguyen Hue Secondary School, District 4
  4. Bui Van Moi Primary School, Thu Duc City
  5. Truong Thanh Primary School, Thu Duc City

These schools are located in the outlying districts of Thu Duc City and HCMC where internal migration is most concentrated. Some of the existing systems have deteriorated filtration systems and some have no filtration at all. The students and faculty lack access to clean, safe drinking water at school. The project’s total value is 355,000,000 VND, including the cost of implementation, operation, and maintenance for 2 and a half years. The installation of the water systems will provide 5,591 students and 378 teachers and school staff with potable water directly from the school tap. The new systems 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 children in underprivileged outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.

VCF, HCMC Youth Union, and the Vietnam Youth Federation of HCMC wish to thank our donors such as Scenic Group and others who make this project possible.

“It is an honor to cooperate with government and party partners as well as our private sector donors to provide access to potable water for underserved communities in HCMC,” says Rad Kivette, VinaCapital Foundation’s CEO. “Clean water is the foundation of everyone’s health and reduces the spread of all types of diseases, especially for our vulnerable children. This meaningful assistance will improve our children’s health and living standards, ensuring a more resilient, healthier, and brighter future for all.”

Since 2017, the Clean Water program has completed the installation and handover of 98 clean drinking water filtration systems, which benefit 25,938 children and 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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