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Children cleaning their hands at Khuon Pong kindergarten (Chiem Hoa – Tuyen Quang). Photo: CWS

Testing filtering speed of a biosand water filter made by Kansas City students (in Vietnam). Photo: CWS

Students playing and reading books at outdoor library. Photo: CWS


Church World Service has been active in Vietnam since 1954. Our programs focus on education support, child protection, water and sanitation, awareness raising and emergency preparedness and response. We engage community leadership, including healthcare workers and teachers, to promote the rights of children and to raise awareness about important issues like preventing trafficking, proper hand-washing and responsible water use. Our team also helps support infrastructure improvements, including connecting schools to clean water and better sanitation and helping families build household latrines.

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Partnership with local Women’s Union for raising community awareness

CWS Vietnam | August 27, 2019

By Pham Cong Tuan, CWS Vietnam Project Officer. Recently I joined a workshop my CWS colleagues and I organized to raise community awareness about the risks and prevention of child marriage in Hung My commune. Our leader was Dang Thi Ghen from the commune’s Women’s Union. And, since the topic was a sensitive one for […]

One Woman Pioneers Plastic Bag Use Change in Her Thai Village

CWS Vietnam | August 26, 2019

By Nguyen Van Ty, CWS Vietnam WASH Officer. “Using plastic bags is so convenient!” “Everyone uses plastic, so if I change, it’s nothing” “Why would I stop using plastic bags?” These and many similar comments are ones that my colleague Dung and I usually receive when we ask people’s opinions about reducing their use of […]

Getting to The End

CWS Vietnam | July 31, 2019

By Tran Van Thang, Vietnam Project Officer. Lo Thi Minh Vi is a young girl of Thai ethnicity who studies in class 2A8 of satellite primary school in Phuc Than commune in northern Vietnam. When I sat down to talk to her last month, she told me that “Before my classmates and I found library […]

Taking Time to Share CWS Accomplishment with National and International Development Partners

CWS Vietnam | June 16, 2019

Recently colleagues from Plan International in Vietnam asked CWS to visit a project site in Than Uyen district to learn about our environment friendly biosand water filters and reduced smoke kitchen stoves, which are known to good models for poor families and schools. Of course, CWS team members and our local government partners were willing […]

One Village Health Worker’s Environmental Sanitation Push

CWS Vietnam | June 15, 2019

By Nguyen Van Ty, CWS Vietnam WASH Program Officer. Rom is a big northern Vietnamese village with 137 families from the Tay ethnic minority group. People earn their living from planting, harvesting and selling upland rice. They grow and sell maize, sweet potatoes and some vegetables too. So, the village’s economic development is going well. […]

Learning by Doing: Building New Skills to Help Schools Be Safer and Cleaner

CWS Vietnam | May 26, 2019

By Tran Van Thang, CWS Vietnam Project Officer. In my recent activity monitoring visit to the Phuc Than commune kindergarten in northern Vietnam, I had a chance to inspect the school’s clean, smoke-free kitchen – thanks to a new stove, which a great improvement on the dirty, inefficient and polluting old stove. It was good […]

Child-friendly Libraries: Inside and Out

CWS Vietnam | April 6, 2019

By Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, Program Officer. With 296 students, Muong Kim #1 primary school is considered a large school with its commune. Yet, about 18 months ago, when I visited the school and asked to visit the library, I was taken to such a small room that was full of books and supplies – […]

Sphere info-sharing workshop has inspired me!

CWS Vietnam | March 28, 2019

By Do Van Khai, Muong Te District Red Cross Chapter. In mid-March 2019, a workshop about Sphere project minimum standards for humanitarian response was hosted by Vietnam’s NGO Disaster Management working group (DMWG), its Disaster Management Policy and Technology Center (DMPTC) and the CWS team in Hanoi. The aim of the gathering was helping participants […]

The 2018 Edition of The Sphere Handbook is Introduced in Vietnam

CWS Vietnam | March 18, 2019

March 11th to 13th the CWS Vietnam team in proud and energized in joining a Sphere standards workshop that they took the lead in organizing for the humanitarian response community in Vietnam. In considering the week, CWS Emergency Response Focal Point, Mai Thi Quynh Giao shares these thoughts, “The gathering to update ourselves on the […]

Kansas City Students Visit Vietnam to Learn and Serve

CWS Vietnam | March 7, 2019

In early January our CWS team in Vietnam hosted CWS Board of Directors member, Dr. Paul Chan, and 11 Kansas City Pembroke High School students and their teacher Mr. Samuel Knopik, for a service-learning opportunity of a lifetime. The trip succeeded beyond Paul’s and Sam’s wildest dreams for the students, who all agreed that the […]

Reflections on a trip to Vietnam

Paul Chan | January 25, 2019

Paul Chan is a member of the CWS board of Directors. He led a trip for high school students to visit CWS programs in Vietnam in January 2019. Below are some excerpts from the trip updates that he sent to the students’ parents. Tuesday, January 8 Today was a whirlwind tour. We started with a […]

A Daughter-Mother Duo Improve Their Hygiene, Health and Happiness

CWS Vietnam | January 20, 2019

Mai Hanh is a 5-year-old girl from the Tay ethnic minority group, and she lives in a poor rural village 220 kilometers (135 miles) northwest from Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. When CWS staff met Hanh during a recent visit to her village pre-school, they learned that she had no idea what a toilet is because, where […]

CWS Honored by Vietnam Government for Humanitarian Response Supports

CWS Vietnam | January 19, 2019

On December 11, 2018 government and civil society organizations came together to discuss a call for joint efforts in supporting humanitarian activities in Vietnam. The Conference is an initiative of Vietnam Red Cross and was hosted by the organization in cooperation with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Viet Nam Union of […]

“My decision to make biogas at home is completely right!”

Nguyen Van Ty - CWS Vietnam | December 27, 2018

Ma Van Va heads a young family from the Tay ethnic minority group in Nam Kep village, and they earn their living from rice farming and pig and cattle raising. So, they do have some resources to support themselves; but, honestly, Va needed some help to manage his animals better – especially their solid waste, […]

“I am happy to say that many people were inspired and motivated to have sanitary latrines.”

Tran Van Thang - CWS Vietnam | December 26, 2018

Recently, I had a chance to spend some time with Bong Thi Chieu, who is 38 and a member of the Thai ethnic minority group in northern Vietnam. She lives with her family in Na Dan 2 village, and we met during my monitoring visit to see how she and her neighbors are doing in […]

CWS Asia learning exchange: spotlight on Vietnam

Ek Sothea - CWS Cambodia | December 14, 2018

This blog is the third in a four-part series focusing on CWS water, sanitation and hygiene programs in each of four Asian countries where we work. This one focuses on Vietnam. It’s important to know that the acronym WASH stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. CWS teams from across Asia gathered in Cambodia last week […]

Saving Time and the Enviroment with Improved Stoves

CWS Vietnam | November 28, 2018

By Pham Cong Tuan, CWS Project Officer. Hoang Thi Vien, 33, and Quan Thi Tham, 34, are the two women who cooking twice each school day for students of the Hoa Trung primary school, which is a boarding school for ethnic minority children who travel to a central village from their remote mountain villages if […]

Active and Interactive Teaching Makes Learning Easy

Nguyen Thi Hai Yen - CWS Vietnam | November 27, 2018

Hue is a young teacher at Trung Ha lower secondary boarding school, where about 300 ethnic minority students study – and live 80% of their lives together during the school year. As Hue’s students are teenagers who are changing, physically and emotionally, as they approach young adulthood, she and other of the school’s teachers are […]

Health Check-ups in Nam Mo Village Motivate a Mother’s Change

CWS Vietnam | October 23, 2018

By Tran Van Thang, CWS Project Officer. Giang Thi Dinh, 35, is the mother of two young children in Nam Mo village, which is quite difficult to reach even though it is just 25 km (≈15 miles) from the district town. This is because the dirt road that winds through the mountains to Nam Mo […]

Sharing Xuyen’s Happiness as My Own!

CWS Vietnam | October 22, 2018

By Pham Cong Tuan, CWS Project Officer. I met Mr. Xuyen while he was working in a rice field close to his house during my recent visit to Hung My commune. With a bright smile, Xuyen insisted that I drop by his home as he wanted to show me the biogas* tank that the family […]

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