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"Clean Water for Schools 2018" program launched

Released at: 07:49, 13/05/2018

"Clean Water for Schools 2018" program launched

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Clean water will be provided for 79 schools in the Mekong Delta's Ben Tre and Long An provinces in the new school year.

by Khanh Chi

The Ho Chi Minh City Sponsoring Association recently implemented the “Clean Water for Schools” program for Poor Patient (SAPP), in corporation with Novaland Group. Before the 2018 - 2019 school year, 52 schools at Thanh Phu District in the Mekong Delta’s Ben Tre provinces and 27 schools in Long An province’s Tan Tru District are expected to be equipped with a direct drinking water filter system that satisfies the standards of the Pasteur Institute. The budget for this program is estimated at nearly $265,000.

Following a sustainable development strategy, Novaland Group is currently the pioneer in the project of “Developing Sustainable Strategy for Mekong Delta Tourism.” The Prime Minister, government agencies, and localities have been paying special attention to the project. It will create a new motivation for the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta, help adapt to the growing threat of climate change, and create new jobs for the local people.

The partnership in the “Clean Water for Schools” project is also a demonstration of Novaland’s efforts towards the community, especially the areas affected by climate change.

“Thanh Phu district has 26 km of coastline so climate change is a major obstacle to its local economic development, which is primarily agricultural,” said Mr. Nguyen Truc Son, Party Committee Secretary of Thanh Phu District in Ben Tre. “For about 3-6 months per year, the district is affected by salinity intrusion. The district has only one water plant and can only meet the needs of one third of the 150,000 people.”

“Only three schools have water tanks and filters but they only temporarily meet the needs of students and teachers. 52 proposed schools in the program are still in difficult circumstances with no clean water. That’s why we are very pleased that the delegation of the SAPP, Novaland Group and the technical units have visited, researched and funded Thanh Phu district in the “Clean Water for Schools” program this year.”

Within three months after the signing date, about 516 water filters will be installed in 52 schools at Thanh Phu district in Ben Tre province to provide direct drinking water for nearly 20,000 students and teachers. After Ben Tre, the “Clean Water for Schools” program will also be implemented in other provinces.

The “Clean Water for Schools” program will bring water to tens of thousands of students and teachers before the new school year.

According to a UNICEF report, there are currently 17 million children in Vietnam who don’t have access to clean water. The Preventive Medicine Department also announced that 30 per cent of schools still don’t have enough water for students and teachers. In particular, many reports show that the Mekong Delta is the area that is most affected by climate change and lacks clean water. In addition, the use of unsafe water from wells, rain, ponds, lake, rivers, and streams are causing serious consequences to people’s health, especially children. Some of these health problems include gastrointestinal disease, malnutrition, oral disease, helminthiasis, lead poisoning and arsenic which leads to high cancer risk.

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