The United Nations’ International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater – the focus for 2012 is on Water and Food Security. There is a greater need to reduce water wastage as the world’s population is increasing and resources are depleting or being squandered.
HFH Vietnam volunteers building a toilet in Tien Giang province
Habitat for Humanity Vietnam supports the United Nations’ World Water Day initiative by continuing to provide water and sanitation solutions to marginalised households across the country.
While reducing child malnutrition by 50% and those living in absolute poverty to 21%, Vietnam continues to struggle to meet Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7 regarding environmental sustainability and specifically Target C—national access to drinking water and basic sanitation. In rural communities 38% of the population lack access to clean water and 50% have no access to hygienic latrines. As a result, over 20,000 people die annually due to poor sanitation and contaminated water. HFH Vietnam’s work is in alignment with this very important MDG and our housing, water and sanitation projects also include safe water, sanitation and hygiene training for our home partners.