Learn more about how a flood-prone community in Vietnam is preparing for the future in partnership with the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving.
A tropical storm hits a flood-prone community
Typhoon Damrey was the strongest tropical storm to hit Vietnam in 2017, causing massive flooding, damaging water systems, and impeding access to clean water. This region is affected by floods multiple times each year. As residents were starting to recover, the situation was further compounded when officials decided to release the recent water surge in the nearby dam, which caused additional flooding and set back recovery efforts.
A community-led nonprofit meets immediate and long-term needs
Founded in 2010, Viet Dreams has a longstanding history of collaboration with communities in Central Vietnam. With a grant from Facebook and the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving, Viet Dreams was able to implement a Typhoon Damrey relief and recovery plan.
Viet Dreams delivered portable filtration systems and a generator to supply clean water to affected residents. Viet Dreams also distributed food assistance and school supplies to children in affected areas. The Viet Dreams team is still hard at work in the area, helping mitigate future flood-related risks.
Viet Dreams supports 150 schools in both Quang Nam and Quang Binh provinces. The Viet Dreams team routinely travels to these flood prone areas to perform maintenance on water filtration systems they previously installed to protect clean water sources.
THE LONG-TERM RESULT
Sustainable solutions for stormy seasons to come
The new water systems, in combination with ongoing staff support from Viet Dreams, means school children and nearby communities in Quang Nam and Quang Binh provinces will have access to clean drinking water during the stormy seasons to come.
The Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving has advanced a model of community-led relief and recovery since 2004.
Featured Photo: Clean Water for Ethnic Minority Children in Vietnam by Viet Dreams