For more than six decades, we've been working with communities in Vietnam to overcome poverty. In particular, we work with rural and ethnic minority families.
Too many people in Vietnam still don't have proper bathrooms to use. With our Community-Led Total Sanitation model, thousands of people build and begin to use sanitary toilets each year.
We're also focused on improving access to clean water. For example, construction teams learn to build low-cost water filters, which they build and install in homes and schools.
When it comes to schools, we also focus on infrastructure upgrades. That could mean new bathrooms, improved libraries, or cleaner stoves in kitchens. And we use schools as hubs to share valuable information with students and their families. We host workshops on topics ranging from preventing human trafficking to proper hand washing.
We're proud to provide the information and resources that our neighbors need to overcome the challenges they face.
“Today I have 11 eggs!”
”I was on my way to the market and met Vui, who is the head of the hen raising group in my village. She told me some visitors were waiting for me at home. I rushed back home and wondered who the guests were.” Cam Thi Thao is a Thai woman living in Phuc Than commune in Vietnam. Thao and …
Fair water access promotes peace in Cao Binh, Vietnam
Most of the people who live in Cao Binh village are from the Tay ethnic group, Vietnam’s largest ethnic minority. The name of their village comes from its location in the mountains of northwest Vietnam: “Cao” means “high” and “Binh” means “flat.” So, it’s the flat area on a high mountain. Cao Binh’s residents use a small stream about a …
Students are taking the lead on sharing information to prevent human trafficking in Vietnam
Human trafficking is a risk in rural Vietnam, just like it is in many parts of southeast Asia. Criminal networks are strong and pervasive, as are poverty and vulnerability. With support from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, our team in Vietnam partners with ethnic minority communities in northern Vietnam. We focus on a myriad of challenges, especially ones that …