The Ba Tang community lies between Khe Sanh and the Laos border in the Quang Tri Province of Vietnam. Thousands of ‘minority’ people live here, many below the poverty line, in remote, mountainous regions. Most homes and schools are without an adequate water supply or toilet facilities. High explosive bombs, aerially delivered mines, artillery, mortar bombs and the human deforming crop and jungle destroying defoliant (Agent Orange) proliferate the area. This defoliant toxicity has now passed through to the 4th generation of children, a tragic legacy of war in this region.
The J1014N project objective in the Ba Tang community is to supply running water and toilets to 41 village groups – beneficiaries total around 4,300 people. The planned system shall be simple and gravity fed, thereby minimising on-going maintenance costs. The water shall be free of glyphosate, which is currently affecting some villages, with a real likelihood that other villages will be impacted as time passes. MiVAC provides the design, materials, supervision and total financial support and management. The villagers provide volunteer labour and some materials such as timber. Once an adequate water supply is achieved the villages/schools are provided with toilet facilities. On completion, following advice and training, the village takes ownership and responsibility for maintenance.
The immediate benefits anticipated from this project are extensive:
- Provision of clean running water to villages and schools resulting in many hours of labour saving for women and children.
- Provision of toilets to all dwellings, improving health, wellbeing and the environment
- Small vegetable plots will be possible within the village.
- Clean, unpolluted water will reduce the chemical toxicity and its pervasive effects on these communities