CWS Asia


Vietnam

Students clean hands with new water system at school. Photo: CWS

Testing water running from the biosand water filter. Photo: CWS

Overview

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.

Latest News

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 […]

Sanitary latrines, in return, facilitate community development!

CWS Vietnam | September 20, 2018

When I joined the celebration in Na Dan #1 village for their certification as a “Community with outstanding achievement in obtaining Open Defecation Free status”, I could see the happiness and excitement on the face of each person I met, especially Lo Van Nhoi, the young head of the village. Before the celebration day, Nhoi […]

CWS Bring Timely Help to Many Families in Vietnam

By Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, Vietnam Administrative and Program Support Officer | September 19, 2018

I met Chao Kien Hin, a 66-year-old man from the Dao ethnic group during a recent emergency relief materials distribution event and was pleased that he took some time to tell me about his son’s family, which was greatly affected in one of our recent severe rainstorms. Here is what Mr. Hin told me: while […]

Nothing Is Left. We Were Poor Already, and Now We Are Poor Again

CWS Vietnam | August 20, 2018

Coming to Lai Chau in mid-July about three weeks after flash floods and landslides there, CWS Emergency Response team members, despite their years of experience with helping poor people in their country, were surprised and moved to meet the families affected by a crushing natural disaster. The flash floods swept away almost all that families […]

One Child’s Effort to Raise Awareness About Child Marriage Inspires Us

By Tran Van Thang, CWS Project Officer | July 23, 2018

I had a chance recently to meet with a young girl student when I visited the Muong Kim junior secondary school #1, who surprised me during a school awareness-raising event where she used a picture to support her talk to other students. Showing a drawing, she explained, “My drawing show a young girl in her […]

Peer Support to Expand Child-friendly Libraries Motivates Teaches and Students!

by Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, CWS Program Officer | July 22, 2018

Duong Duc Trung is Head Teacher at Muong Kim #2 primary school in Than Uyen district, and he recently joined CWS-organized child-friendly school library training course I led. During one break time, he told me that during 10 years of teaching and leading schools, this is the first time he has worked in a school […]

Biosand water filtration, one step at a time

CWS Vietnam | June 21, 2018

By Nguyen Van Ty and Ngo Quoc Dung. Recently, I (Ty) had a chance to visit Truong Quoc Hoan and his family in Nha May village in Quan Chu commune in northern Vietnam. As his parents’ first son, Hoan, who is 47, his wife and their two children live with his parents in a traditional […]

School Awareness-raising Events Are Not Always for Children, But for Their Parents Too!

CWS Vietnam | June 20, 2018

By Nguyen Thi Hai Yen and Ngo Quoc Dung. “It was a great event that our school had. So many student parents, both dads or moms, joined,… and even some grandparents, too. The feedback from them is also good, and it shows an increasing interest of the community on the issues, I think.” Luong Thi […]

Everybody Poops. And Everybody Should Have a Dignified Place To Do It.

Ryan Shanley | June 19, 2018

Imagine I have a bottle of water. There’s a plastic seal on the cap. I unwrap the plastic seal, twist off the cap and take a sip. You wouldn’t see anything wrong with that, the bottle of water is clean. Now, imagine I take a piece of hair and place it in a piece of […]

Keeping Traditional Culture Alive in Hmong Schools in Vietnam

Ryan Shanley | June 15, 2018

On my third day with the Church World Service team in Vietnam, we traveled into the northern Vietnamese hills to visit two schools and learn about the progress of the newly developed children’s interest groups. We arrived at Ta Mung Ethnic Minority Boarding Primary School first and were greeted by the school’s deputy Headmaster, Ms. […]

Students Enrich and Enliven Their Library to Encourage More Reading

CWS Vietnam | May 18, 2018

By Tran Van Thang, CWS Project Officer. Hoang Thi Nu is a little girl of the Thai ethnic group living in Muong Kim commune, where CWS partners with schools to improve student learning environments, including the library and the reading activities it promotes. Nu is in Grade 5, which is the last grade of primary […]

Lessons Learned

CWS Vietnam | May 17, 2018

By Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, CWS Program Officer. Me Van Lap is a 30-year-old health worker at a small clinic in remote Than Uyen district, where CWS is partnering with local government workers so people have the chance to improve their personal health, family and environmental health and wellbeing. Though rather young, Lap has worked […]

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