Thai Nguyen training workshops and awareness-raising events
1. Food sanitation info-sharing/ education in Phu Thinh commune, was organized. 80 people, including farmers and food vendors participated. In closing Q&A, participants showed they have updated knowledge about nutrition/food sanitation-safety.
2. First Aid training in Phuc Luong commune.was organized to 5 clinic workers and 17 village health workers.
3. School awareness-raising about child protection was organized in Quan Chu commune for 29 teachers, 270 students and 140 student parents. Participants showed they understand common risks/threats to children in daily life; children learned what they should/should not do for their own protection and risk prevention, and all discussed how to protect children from summer vacation accidents and injuries.
4. Sanitary latrine promotion project activities were started in Phu Thinh and Phuc Luong communes. 53 sanitary latrines were made and are in use.
5. Household waste management info-sharing/ education was organized in Quan Chu commune for 120 people in 3 villages.
The ideas were shared on simple ways, including the banana circle, to manage home/village garbage. 3 community garbage landfills and 10 banana circles at homes were planned to be made.
Muong Te training workshops and awareness-raising events
1. Drowning prevention awareness raising in Nam Khao commune benefits 268 people, including children and other community members in 4 villages. In closing Q&A, children showed they understood basic info and ways to prevent drowning.
2. Workshop on sharing experiences in motivating and making and use of latrine in Pa U commune was organized for 48 people from 2 new villages. Participants visited others’ latrines in a nearby village to learn about sanitary latrine models and community mobilization.
Thanh Hoa training workshops and awareness-raising events
1. Community-led total sanitation (CLTS) info-sharing/ trainings were organized in Tam Van and Yen Thang communes for 34 people including health workers, community cadres. Duty-bearers understand CLTS and sanitary latrine models and have information and skills to organize CLTS activation.
2. School well was made in Van village (Yen Thang commune), which benefits 148 students and 26 teachers of Yen Thang primary school. This well supports better school sanitation and health.
1. CWS project in Muong Te district (Lai Chau) conducted a hygiene awareness-raising workshop to 163 people, including students and teachers in Pa U #1 primary school. The outcome is that the participants showed improved hygiene and environmental sanitation awareness/ knowledge of; they learned and practiced proper hand washing with soap and clean water.
2. In Muong Te district (Lai Chau) and Dai Tu district (Thai Nguyen), CWS continues to conduct series of Community-led total sanitation (CLTS) workshops to new project communes for the hygiene promotion. In the workshops people from old project communes came to share experiences and lessons learned of CLTS model and implementation in their communes. The participants planned for CLTS start-up in new communes.
3. Beside this hygiene promotion activity, 59 sanitary latrines were built and are in use in Phuc Luong and Phu Thinh communes, which are two new CWS project communes in Dai Tu district, Thai Nguyen province.
4. In Muong Te district (Lai Chau) CWS project provided a community awareness-raising training on human trafficking to 190 people, including 40 children, in 5 villages of Ka Lang commune. In closing Q&A, people showed they had new knowledge of the issue, e.g., risk, and had learned the ways to detect and prevent trafficking in their communities. Also, 3 community awareness-raising trainings on child protection were organized to more than 1000 people including students, teachers and villagers in Thanh Cong and Phuc Thuan communes, Pho Yen district (Thai Nguyen). The participants are aware of the common risks/threats to children in daily life. With the participatory method, the participants discussed how to protect children from summer vacation accidents and injuries.
5. 32 people, including duty-bearers, health workers, Women’s Union members, in CWS new project in Lang Chanh district (Thanh Hoa) have visited CWS project in Dai Tu district (Thai Nguyen) to learn about latrine models, CLTS method, process and implementation experiences and lessons learned from Thai Nguyen local people.
1. More than 100 women, including traditional birth attendants, from four villages joined in new awareness-raising training for safe birthing support. After the initial training, the TBA cadre also practiced how to organize effective community mobilizing for prenatal care, safe delivery, breast feeding and other aspects of safe motherhood which, unfortunately, are not always guaranteed in the communities where CWS works in northern Vietnam.
2. Hundreds of students and their parents and teachers from two primary schools in North-Central Vietnam joined Book Festivals organized by CWS project to encourage better reading habits to support student learning. An encouraging show of teachers’ and parents’ understanding of the value of school libraries. ± $140 as well as new books were donated by them.
3. Thanks to new water storage tanks funded as part of the ELCA-funded NEW IDEA initiative in northern Vietnam, 250 boarding students in Ta Ba Primary School now have plentiful water for their everyday needs. Thankfully, they no longer have to collect and carry water from far outside their school grounds; nor must they wait in discouraging lines for rationed water for bathing and clothes washing, which is helping students improve their personal hygiene. Finally, students also have enough water for vegetable gardening, which helps them to improve their diet. Altogether, these are very important changes for ethnic minority children and the CWS team is quite proud of their learning and progress.