Christmas campaign 2023: emergency plan for clean drinking water in Sepone

In this newsletter we ask your attention to the people living in eight remote villages, high in the mountains in Sepone district. The villages are involved in our Mother & Child-program and with the support of the AFAS Foundation and our MCNV-donors we have been able to achieve a lot over the past two years.

Continue Mother & Child program in 2024

The program will also be continued in 2024 and that is of course very nice. But during the past period, a situation has arisen that we previously had insufficient insight into: the shortage of clean drinking water in both municipalities. Especially the eight higher villages in Sepone

have no wells, no water pumps or they are broken. The women and children have to walk for many hours to get water from the river. But that water is unsuitable for drinking water. From April to November is the dry season and there is very little water in the river.

The little water in the river is not drinkable, it causes diarrhea and other infections, especially for young children, but it is the only water that is available.

Clean water needed for 1766 people

The situation is really severe and that is why we want to provide this emergency aid in the coming months. It would be great if we could dig wells in the eight high-altitude villages, repair water pumps  and install a water system so that clean water is available to all people who depend on (dirty) water from the river for months during the dry season

Clean water is a basic requirement for good nutrition and good health. We hope for a total amount of 32,000 euros that is needed for 1766 people living in the eight villages.

We need a significant amount of money, but it is so important to tackle this thoroughly and ensure that our Mother & Child-program is optimally successful!

You can read the whole story on pages 2 and 3.

Thank you very much for your (extra) contribution!

Karin Vlug

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Combining community-based tourism with sustainable forests management in Quang Tri

MCNV recently joined with local authorities in organizing an event to kick start community-based ecotourism in combination with FSC®-certified sustainable forest management in Chenh Venh village, Huong Phung commune, Huong Hoa district. The event brought together representatives of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Department of Culture, Sports & Tourism, the Forest control department and the Center of Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion of Huong Hoa district and relevant departments.

A pavilion selling local specialties.

The event was a chance for the participants to expose to exotic eco-tourism services directly provided by Chenh Venh village, such as visiting the campsite in Sa Muoi hill, Chenh Venh waterfall and stream, trekking through natural forests managed by the community, Ro Ve village picnic site while learning about the indigenous cultures embodied in local authentic dishes and performing arts.

In order to put the entire ecotourism services into operation, MCNV and the People’s Committee of Huong Hoa district and Huong Phung commune have spent the last six months assisting Chenh Venh village and the Community Forest Board of the village in the preparation process. Key support includes: converting local residential houses into homestay, installing camping infrastructures (tents, bedding ), restoring the stream bank landscape, installing sign boards, building sanitary facilities, providing training on community-based tourism services, culinary skills, etc.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Chair of Huong Hoa district People’s Committee, Mr. Pham Trong Ho highlighted the advantages of Chenh Venh village in developing community- based tourism, thanks to its magnificent natural landscape and distinctive indigenous culture. He also appreciated MCNV’s practical support, which is believed will lay out a solid foundation for the development of ecotourism in combination with sustainable forest management in the long run.

Mr. Nguyen Dinh Dai, Chief of MCNV Office in Quang Tri province gives his speech at the event.

According to Mr. Nguyen Dinh Dai, Chief of MCNV Office in Quang Tri province, Chenh Venh village comprises nearly 100 Bru Van Kieu households who oversee up to 1,000 hectare of forest. The jobs created and income generated from non-timber products, community-based tourism and ecosystem services play a significant role in helping the locals manage and protect the forest more effectively.

A lady of Van Kieu ethnic minority in traditional costumes.

Thanks to PROSPER project by MCNV and the European Union, in 2021, the community forests in Chenh Venh village and Ho village (Huong Son commune) have become Vietnam’s first community forests that received the FSC® certificate issued by the World Council of Forest.

 In the time to come, MCNV will continue to support Chenh Venh village in maintaining and developing community-based tourism. In detail, MCNV will help connect the beneficiaries with sponsors and responsible enterprises who are willing to pay for ecosystem services provided by this community, such as carbon absorption, biodiversity and water conservation./.

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Ngày 28/8/2017, MCNV phối hợp với Sở Y tế Quảng Trị tổ chức Hội thảo “Tăng cường chăm sóc sức khỏe tâm thần tại cộng đồng” với sự tham gia của hơn 30 đại biểu của ngành y tế,  ngành Lao động thương binh xã hội tuyến tỉnh và 9 huyện/thị và 6 cán bộ y tế thôn xã của 2 xã Vĩnh Sơn và Vĩnh Tú huyện Vĩnh Linh.

Hội thảo được tổ chức nhằm mục đích: chia sẻ thông tin và kinh nghiệm của các mô hình chăm sóc sức khỏe tâm thần dựa vào cộng đồng trên địa bàn tỉnh Quảng Trị

Tạị hội thảo, các đại biểu tham dự đã chia sẻ thông tin và thảo luận về một số vấn đề quan trọng như: (i) Tình hình quản lý người bệnh tâm thần trên địa bàn tỉnh Quảng Trị; (ii) Các chính sách và chế độ hỗ trợ hỗ trợ cho bệnh nhân tâm thần trong thời gian qua; (iii) Hiệu quả và bài học kinh nghiệm từ mô hình chăm sóc sức khỏe tâm thần tại cộng đồng do MCNV hỗ trợ đã được triển khai tại 2 xã A Xing, Thanh huyện Hướng Hóa và 2 xã Vĩnh Sơn, Vĩnh Tú huyện Vĩnh Linh trong giai đoạn 2013-2016 (iv) Thảo luận về khả năng phối hợp giữa các bên liên quan trong việc nhân rộng mô hình chăm sóc SKTT dựa vào nhóm gia đình người bệnh tâm thần tại cơ sở.

Các thành viên tham gia hội thảo đánh giá cao mô hình nhóm gia đình người bệnh tâm thần và hy vọng rằng Sở y tế cùng với Sở lao động thương binh xã hội tìm kiếm nguồn hỗ trợ để nhân rộng mô hình trong thời gian tới nhằm nâng cao kiến thức và kỹ năng chăm sóc người bệnh cho gia đình cũng như nâng cao sự tự tin, giảm mặc cảm để hòa nhập cộng đồng của gia đình và người bệnh tâm thần.

*Ảnh: Bs Mai Năm – Phó Giám đốc Sở y tế Quảng Trị phát biểu ý kiến.

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