It’s hard for us to imagine life without a constant supply of water, let alone potable water. But at this very moment, this is life for many people in remote villages in Vietnam.
In July, we wanted to provide the basic need of clean water for 32 of the poorest families who lack access to clean water in a remote village of Hop Tac Xa, Ca Mau Province. Your support and generosity have fulfilled the dream for not only these vulnerable villagers but also their future children.
Our goal of building a community water well was completed in August of this year. The estimated cost was $7000. We not only funded the project, but also helped to rebuild 6 damaged water wells for a nearby village.
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As I mentioned in the previous post (click here), the water well system includes:
- a 840 ft deep well
- powerful pump
- a 2000 liter storage tank
- a 6-meter high platform to house the tank
-1,200 meters of main pipes that are installed underground along the path right in front of the villagers' homes.
The water is pumped continuously to the tank to ensure that it stays full. Each household is connected to the main line to access the water. We also installed a meter for each house to measure consumption and ensure that no one family is overusing the supply.
It's been 3 months since the community well was built. These families are thrilled to have direct access to a constant supply of clean water suitable for drinking, bathing, cooking, and cleaning. They no longer need to collect rainwater to store. They're no longer forced to use dirty water to wash their hands and clothes, to drink and cook. Their hopes no longer dash by broken promise after broken promise in the past.
The villagers express their sincere gratitude for the simplest of blessings - something that many of us take for granted on a daily basis - and millions around the world lack.
Together we delivered on our promise and helped this corner of the world to become a little cleaner, a little less thirsty, and a lot more joyful - all because you decided to pitch in.