'B' VINH HOI DONG PRIMARY SCHOOL - AN PHU DISTRICT - AN GIANG PROVINCE

At ‘B’ Vinh Hoi Dong Primary School the run down toilet block has only 10 water closets for 374 students. And, in fact, there is no toilet for the teachers. Many children are forced to go to the toilet in nearby jungle areas. The whole situation is detrimental to the students’ hygienic practices, life skills and health education in that they have improper surroundings to practice these ethics.

An Giang Province lies in the Mekong Delta in the southwestern part of Vietnam sharing a 95 kilometer border with Cambodia in the north west. The main ethnic groups found in the province are the Kinh, Khmer, Cham, and Hoa. An Giang is crisscrossed bymany rivers and canals which make a convenient water transport system. The two tributariesof the Mekong river, the Tien and the Hau, run across the Province. They deliver millions of cubic meters of alluvium annually to the region. As a result, the deposits have formed several islets which are extremely fertile and covered with lush green vegetation. An Giang has long been famous for its traditional occupation of mulberry growing, silkwormraising and silk weaving.

An Phu District in An Giang Province is one of the most remote places in Vietnam. Most of An Phu District is a plain. Every year it is affected by the flooding season. Between 6 months each year, rising levels in the Mekong River from high rainfall means an average rise from 2- 3 meters. The time of flooding is typically prolonged having a major impact on practices and production of people’s labors. The location of An Phu District is quite favorable. It is an important location from Cambodia into Vietnam, connected by river/road and connecting the western coastal Hau River region in Vietnam with the capital Phnom Penh of Cambodia. Residents of An Phú District are mainly farmers: most of the area is under rice cultivation with alluvium soil and freshwater which also allows much fishing.

At ‘B’ Vinh Hoi Dong Primary School the run down toilet block has only 10 water closets for 374 students. And, in fact, there is no toilet for the teachers. Many children are forced to go to the toilet in nearby jungle areas. The whole situation is detrimental to the students’ hygienic practices, life skills and health education in that they have improper surroundings to practice these ethics.

 

 

Loreto Kids Charity will build a whole new toilet block for the ‘B’ Vinh Hoi Dong Primary School so that the health lives of this entire School Community can be uplifted.