Story: Thanh Thoi An 1 Primary School is located in Thanh Thoi An village, Tran De district, Soc Trang, a southern Vietnamese province in the Mekong Delta. The school has five classes from Year 1 to Year 5 with 164 students and 5 teachers and very poor hygiene facilities, which can be dangerous for the children’s health.
Problem: The toilets in the school are dilapidated and unsafe. There is no private toilet for young women, nor washing-up basins.
Solution: With the support of the Consular Club, XUÂN, a registered French NGO operating in Vietnam since 1992, will undertake the complete construction of an entire new toilet area including sanitized sewerage/water system and hand-washing basins on the school campus. The current dilapidated toilet will be renovated for teachers’ use. A hygiene promotion program will be run to help raise awareness and generate good hygiene behaviour and habit among the children. The WASH program will improve children’s health, well-being and dignity. Also safe and private toilets will encourage girls to attend school. The orphans and children of poor families who are in great need of the services of St. Joseph’s will have therefore a chance for poverty alleviation through education.