Water Filtration in Tan Chau School

Water Filtration in Tan Chau School

    In August, The Sharing Kitchen finished a project to supply a clean water system for Tan Chau 2 Primary School

    In August, The Sharing Kitchen finished a project to supply a clean water system for Tan Chau 2 Primary School in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Previously, many of the families in the area were unable to afford the school fees of around 20USD per year. These fees account for access to simple things like access to clean water for children to drink while at school (previously bottled water) and the yearly sanitation collection charges, just in case they want to visit the toilet. However, with the new water system installed at the school, the fees per child have been reduced from 20USD to 5USD per year. Thus, making the fees accessible for all within the community and more importantly help a child out of the coffee fields and into the classroom.

    You might ask why this school? Well, 100% of the children enrolled are from one of the fifty-four ethnic groups found in Vietnam; the K'ho people. Essentially, student dropout is the biggest problem here. By the end of the school year, the number of students who leave school is very high, mostly because their hardworking parents are embarrassed because they cannot afford the school fees. The K’ho are not slackers by any means, they are a proud and hardworking people who toil every day in the coffee and tea fields of Lam Dong to provide for their families.

    The basic water system installed by The Sharing Kitchen will immeasurably help these children meet their fundamental daily hygiene requirements and prevent contagious diseases from spreading in the community. As an added bonus, any extra water produced will be given to the families in the community, many of whom don't have any clean water source or electricity. Even in this poverty are the smiles of the children, who with nothing, still manage to find happiness in the smallest things. It is great to see these young people have the best chance possible of changing their lives and those of their families through education.