New Integrated Development & Essential Action (New Idea)

New Integrated Development & Essential Action (NEW IDEA)


Students stand outside a new school bathroom built by CWS.

Our team in Vietnam continues to partner with some of the country’s most vulnerable ethnic minority communities in remote mountain areas that are hard to reach, both logistically and culturally. Key partnerships with People’s Committees and Women’s Unions, plus commune and district health and education colleagues, allowed continuing success in promoting sanitary latrine use. This, in turn, led to better hygiene and less disease and illness. Our team’s campaigns reached thousands of people; 1,707 families built household latrines and about 8,500 stopped practicing open defecation. Importantly, 21 villages met certification standards to be declared Open Defecation Free.

Our team also continued awareness raising about human trafficking, a rising concern especially for women and children in impoverished areas. Economic hardship resulting from accelerating climate change has increased this risk in Vietnam, and we remain committed to organizing child rights and anti-trafficking workshops. Through these events this year, more than 3,000 people now recognize risks and know how to protect themselves against trafficking.

This year, CWS also had success through partnerships to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in schools and dormitories for ethnic minority children – who travel from distant villages to attend school – as well as through programs to increase home-generated biogas for household energy.

Our team’s successes in Vietnam would not be possible without our positive and enduring partnership with the People’s Aid Coordinating Committee, and CWS is grateful for our long relationship with this important government agency known as PACCOM.

CWS efforts in Vietnam positively impacted
40,036 people
in 69 communities this year.