GNI Improves Rural Drinking Water Supply in for District in Thanh Hoa

The cooperative improves access to hygienically safe drinking water and sanitation for people in Vinh Loc district, Thanh Hoa province.
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GNI improve the rural drinking water supply in Thanh Hoa
GNI establishes and supports VND 77 million loans to develop production for Vikawa Trading & Service Cooperative (Thanh Hoa).

The Korean non-governmental organization Good Neighbors in Vietnam (GNI) has just held a ceremony to establish and support VND 77 million loan to develop production for Vikawa Trade and Service Cooperative in Vinh Loc district.

The main products of the cooperative are purified drinking water in 19L bottles, 500ml bottles and 350ml bottles which have passed QC06/BYT standard for safe drinking-water.

Since 2019, with the support of Korea Institute of Ceramics Engineering and Technology (KICET), GNI has conducted water quality testing and drilled wells in Ninh Khang commune.

GNI continues to be sponsored by KICET to set up a RO water purification system for 1000L/H output, light disinfection and bottle closure system in 2020. After nearly a year of operation, water quality has been confirmed and free water is provided to a large number of people in Ninh Khang commune.

In 2021, GNI and Ninh Khang Commune Project Management Board established a cooperative to produce and supply quality drinking water products to local people.

In that spirit, GNI and the local government of Ninh Khang commune on Aug. 4 held a ceremony to officially open Vikawa Trading & Service Cooperative. Vikawa stands for Vinh Khang Water - the old name of Ninh Khang commune now.

Also in this ceremony, GNI gave the cooperative a loan of VND 77 million. With this support, GNI hopes that the cooperative will boost production, thereby contributing to increasing income for members and improving quality of life.

In the near future, the cooperative will supply to the market its main product - pure drinking water in 19L bottles, 500ml bottles and 350ml bottles.

GNI improve the rural drinking water supply in Thanh Hoa
GNI gives gifts to 3,805 sponsored children in the project areas in Vinh Loc district (Thanh Hoa province) and Quang Binh district (Ha Giang province).

Earlier, GNI also has just organized annual gift-giving activity for 3,805 sponsored children in the project areas in Vinh Loc district (Thanh Hoa province) and Quang Binh district (Ha Giang province) with a total value of nearly VND 1.3 billion.

This is an annual activity under the program "Children Protection & Services" implemented by GNI once a year from 2005 to present.

Annual gift-giving activity helps improve living quality of sponsored children and encourage them to endeavor more in learning, reduce economic burden for their families.

The gifts are given according to the needs of the child and family after GNI's survey such as rice, rice cookers, pots and pans, fans, blankets, or school supplies.

GNI improve the rural drinking water supply in Thanh Hoa
The signing ceremony of cooperation agreement and project implementation between GNI and Nguyen Truong To Secondary School, Ban Mai Middle School & High School.

In addition, following the success of the project Speak Out2021, GNI will implement the project strengthening mental health for secondary school students through building and operating model of school counseling room, also known as the Speak Out 2.

Project activities focus on renovating and supporting the school counseling room; raise awareness of students, parents, and teachers about mental health and strengthen mental health support networks for students.

Specifically, in July, the signing ceremony of cooperation agreement and project implementation took place between GNI and Nguyen Truong To Secondary School, and Ban Mai Secondary School & High School. These are two schools that have joined the Speak Out project since 2019 and will continue to receive support in this year.

Besides, GNI will replicate the consultation room model at Minh Khai Secondary School and Le Quy Don Secondary School in Hanoi.

According to the research report on mental health and psychosocial well-being of children and young people in some provinces and cities in Vietnam of Unicef ​​and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in February 2018, the percentage of children and reenagers suffering from psychological problems account for 8% to 29% with different rates by province and gender. Therefore, accompanying children to prevent, detect and solve problems arising in spiritual life plays an increasingly important role.

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