Flood-damaged fields raise serious concerns about the upcoming harvest.
Yoko HAYASHI, AAR JAPAN staff, interviews local people to determine their assistance needs.
A local staff shows a disconnected water pipe: villages were deprived of clean water from the water tank. (Ban Hainieng)
Where a water tank once stood. Now washed away without a trace. (Ban Kornyui)
“Things have been difficult after the water supply facilities were destroyed,” a woman living in Ban Kornyui said, “Women and children were affected the most because we use a lot of water for preparing food and washing clothes every day. We have been using well water lately, but it’s not very clean. So we were very happy to hear that AAR JAPAN is going to rebuild the water supply system. I can’t wait till it’s finished.”
Mr. Fue, local staff of AAR JAPAN Xieng Khouang Office, interviews a woman from the village.
Villagers’ Cooperation Essential in Rebuilding Water Supply System
“Clean water will be supplied to our village!” Water pipes are about to be connected.
In Ban Kornyui, the only water tank had been washed away by the typhoon. As an emergency measure, the villagers installed a pipeline from the closest river. This river was smaller in capacity and was contaminated by sewage from other villages located upstream, but the villagers of Ban Kornyui had no choice but to use the polluted water. In response, AAR JAPAN set up a new water tank and installed water pipes which now supply safe and clean water to Ban Kornyui.
A newly installed water tank supplies clean water to the village.
Mr.Bounsom of Ban Kornyui bathes in clean water.
‘’We are so delighted to have clean water now!’’ From left, Mr.THAI, local staff of AAR JAPAN Xieng Khouang office, Mr.NOYMANY and Mrs.SIDA of Ban Kornyui, and Yoko HAYASHI of AAR JAPAN.
“We had no clean water for four months after the June typhoon,” explained Mr NOYMANY, a 47-year-old living in Ban Hainieng. “We were using well water and river water, but it was so dirty. We couldn’t even wash ourselves after coming back from the field, but not having water to drink was the biggest problem. We are all very delighted to have access to clean water now. Using clean water prevents the spread of diseases, and we are very grateful to AAR JAPAN.” Throughout the project, villagers from all four villages actively participated by helping with the construction work and the transportation of materials. At the completion ceremony, the village mayors said, “We will take on the task of protecting these newly constructed water tanks and pipes from here on.”