Clean Water Project Set for Poor Communities in Ben Tre

The project “Clean water for poor communities in Ben Tre” has the objective of enhancing resilience and improving the livelihoods of vulnerable communities in the Mekong Delta.

The sponsor presents water tanks to representatives of households benefiting from the project.

The project has been implemented since August 2021 with two main activities: installing a water tank system for disadvantaged households and organizing training sessions to improve their knowledge and skills to save water and manage water resources. Accordingly, 218 disadvantaged households in Mo Cay Nam district, Ben Tre province were trained on water saving, water resource management and awarded 218 2,000 liter water tanks.

The project is implemented by the Aid for social protection program foundation Vietnam (AFV), and sponsored by Guyomarc'h Vietnam Co.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of ADM donors, AFV organizations, leaders of districts and communes, and representatives of beneficiary households.

At the ceremony, the organizers shared important information about the project's activities as well as awarding water tanks to representatives of beneficiary households.

Addressing the ceremony, Do Hoang Minh, vice chairman of Mo Cay Nam District People's Committee confirmed that the clean water project had practical significance for poor farm households in the district who lacked water storage facilities, and served as a premise for further community-based projects. “This project has also added motivation and encouragement to help local authorities overcome difficulties caused by natural disasters,” he added.

Pham Thi Yen (Phuoc Ly hamlet, Binh Khanh commune) representing project beneficiaries in Binh Khanh commune said:

“The sponsor has supported a large and beautiful water tank for my family. Thanks to the project, I have more knowledge about saving water and managing clean water in the family.”

Sharing about this clean water project, Gerald Franz Wilflingseder, president of ADM Animal Nutrition Asia Pacific, said that ADM’s corporate social investment program, ADM Cares, aligns the Company’s corporate giving with its business strategies and sustainability objectives.

Through the program, ADM works to sustain and strengthen its commitment to communities where ADM colleagues work, live, and operate by directing funding to initiatives and organizations driving meaningful social, economic, and environmental progress.

“Therefore, we always accompany non-profit organizations to be able to implement practical and meaningful programs in three strategic areas, including Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Programs, Increasing Food Security, and Investing in Education around the globe,” he said. “And this clean water project is one of the activities for the community that we want to target.”

The project "Clean water for poor communities in Ben Tre" has a total budget of VND 1,150,000,000 (US$ 50,000).

According to the Ben Tre Provincial Hydro-meteorological Station, at the end of December 2020, the salinity of the Ham Luong river exceeded the standards set by the Ministry of Health for domestic water.

Salinity continues to increase rapidly, leading to soil salinization. As a result, Mo Cay Nam faces a big challenge to both maintain agricultural growth and ensure people have access to clean water.

“Clean water for poor communities in Ben Tre” was implemented with the aim of enhancing resilience and improving livelihoods for vulnerable communities in the Mekong Delta, due to the negative impact of climate change.

The project is expected to provide all necessary equipment to help people in Mo Cay Nam district to store freshwater, improve the quality of daily life, as well as minimize all impacts from annual droughts and saltwater intrusion.