Project #159 | Building Toilets and Improving Health in Vietnam
Our partnership with Himalayan HealthCare
In the remote and mountainous northern Dhading villages, Tamang and Dalit community members live in extreme poverty, suffering long-term marginalization, lack of access to health care, and neglect due to geographical isolation. This has been severely exacerbated by the devastation of the 2015 earthquake. These isolated communities are accessible only by foot, two to three days walk from the nearest road. Lack of toilet access leads villages members to practice open defecation, creating a serious public health crisis. Without toilets, villagers suffer from diarrhea, dysentery, repeated GI infections and other problems.
Our partnership with Himalayan HealthCare installed 100 new permanent toilets in Sertung, Tipling, and Lapa villages, directly benefitting 490 people. Access to toilets within their homes provides families with safety, especially for vulnerable community members such as children, elderly, and those with physical disabilities. Building toilets has been a longterm component of HHC’s public health plan which includes clean water, clean stoves, adult literacy classes, student awareness programs, and school support. Every household that has a sanitized toilet with septic tank works together towards a reduction of water/food contamination and improvement overall in the health of the community.
Our collective impact
People Educated on Hygiene & Toilet Upkeep
Reduced Incidents of Dysentery & Diarrhea
Meet Dhandeu Tamang
“I feel that the use of a toilet will prolong our life”
In the Gobre settlement, there are around 20 households in mountainous Ruby Valley that qualify as being significantly remote and in need of reliable bathrooms. Around 13 of these had already received toilet support from a different organization based out of Nepal, but seven of those had yet to receive building materials. Hearing of HHC’s toilet program, 84 year old Dhandeu sent in an application highlighting Gobre’s remoteness and negligence by authorities and NGOs.
“We could only go to the edges of the outlying fields for bathroom. It was really slippery and with snakes it was dangerous. I personally experienced these problems. Our neighbors also cursed us when our children defecated in the fields. We have had epidemics of diarrhea and dysentery. Once toilets were built it felt like heaven and all the bathroom hardships felt like a bad dream. Now with the government micro-hydro electricity and taps at home as well, this is fantastic. Thank you.”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.