December 2017 – Hoang Then Junior High school in Phong Tho, Lai Chau was built in 2005. The school didn’t have continuous source of water coming into the school. For the past 12 years, the students and staffs have struggled daily to go out to get water for washing/ cooking/ bathing. There is no water at the school. They collect rain water or go distance to get water at the small falls about 1 km or more to get water or to bath and when shortages of water there they use the muddy water streams below the hill at the back of the school. However, it is harmful water due to the pesticide/ fertilizer used by local farmers and garbage dumps. But when they desperately need water, they are forced to use it sometimes. Because the streams flow through the rice fields of the farmers and when it is time to the harvest the gains, the farmers block the flow of the streams; thus shortage of water to use.
Principal Pho has been reaching out for help drilling a water well for the school for the past 4 years. Because the school is in high altitude location, the cost of drilling a water well is very expensive (60-70 million VND) and the outcome isn’t 100% guaranteed found water. They asked the government for grant/ assistance for years. Just recently, the school got approved for partial grant (30 millions )from the government. The local businesses, people, friends, families, teachers and supporters rally up to help out 40 millions to initiate the drilling the water well. They drilled 1st, 2nd times no good result and the 3rd times they located the water(70 meters deep) near the front entrance of the school. They have to install water pipes and special pump to pump the water up and to bring the water to the back.
They were short funds building the water cement conservation/ tank and asked CVBF for help. We helped build the water well containment tank with roof cover and helped repaired/ patched up the exterior of washroom, bathroom so that the place is cleaner and safer for the children to use. The 260 children and 20 staffs are so excited to have water access at school so that they can wash their faces and hands, their clothes, wash themselves, water for cooking.
August 2017 – The power switches near the bunk beds were neither safe nor easily accessible for the children. So, we helped replace all 5 living quarters/rooms with new wiring and switch outlet. The roof top of this building is aluminum making the rooms so hot during the sunny days. It felt like a steam room when the fans aren’t on. However, many of the fans were broken. So, we had new fans installed in each room for the children.