Since mid September 2021, drinking water is supplied to 1,600 people in the poorest community in Mandalay, Myanmar. The people of the Riverside community used to rely on day-jobs as unloading ships and chopping kindling. They just earned enough to buy food, but are not even able to rent a house. Since COVID the day-jobs slowly started disappearing and since the coup in February this year income completely dried up. This community never had access to safe drinking water and relied on river water and the occasional bottle of purified water. A local charity organization (The Waystation) has been supporting this community since 2 years by providing vocational training and communal food supply.
VEI combined forces with the Waystation and has set up a small community water system (by Reverse Osmosis) and now provides the 400 families of this community with adequate drinking water. This community system is realised by the WaterWorX team from VEI in Mandalay, Myanmar.
Vera Lagendijk (project manager): “It is amazing to see how the team has managed to realise this project, despite the challenging and dangerous situation in Myanmar.”