Clean Water for Better Health in Rural Thailand

by Family Connection Foundation
Clean Water for Better Health in Rural Thailand
Clean Water for Better Health in Rural Thailand
Clean Water for Better Health in Rural Thailand
Clean Water for Better Health in Rural Thailand
Clean Water for Better Health in Rural Thailand
Clean Water for Better Health in Rural Thailand
Clean Water for Better Health in Rural Thailand
Clean Water for Better Health in Rural Thailand
Lahu Learning Center in Mae Pun Luang
Lahu Learning Center in Mae Pun Luang

Northeast of Chiang Mai, Thailand about a 5 hour drive is the Lahu village of Mae Pun Luang.  Recently some generous families in the village donated some prime realestate overlooking the village for the construction of a village Learning Center.  

This new Learning Center will provide a place in which people from surrounding villages can gather to learn English as a second language, receive basic first aid medical training, or learn about the latest innovations in agricultural production among the hill tribes.  The community Learning Center will provide a variety of seminars and classes at no cost to help equip the people to build stronger local economies and educational opportunities.

Famiily Connection Foundation was able to assist in the construction of a dedicated water supply for the Learning Center.  The water supply will meet the water needs of those staying in the Learning Center cabins and using the on-site cafeteria.  With a steady supply of clean water for the Learning Center, all the participants can focus on gaining useful knowledge and developing new skills to grow their communities academically and economically.

Water basin
Water basin
Water basin protection
Water basin protection
Cabins for visitors to the Learning Center
Cabins for visitors to the Learning Center
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Making plans to get cool, clean water to villages
Making plans to get cool, clean water to villages

Did you turn on your water faucet this morning and get cool, clean water?

That would be close to a miracle in some parts of the world!

We take many things for granted and don't realize how blessed we are - and how difficult the basics of life are for many people of the world.

In northern Thailand, many rural, mountain villages do not have a clean, realiable water supply.  Trying to maintain a clean, reliable water supply can consume many hours of the day in some communities, taking away from time that could be spent on education and business development.  We are seeking to help solve that problem, one village at a time.

Our team continues to respond to requests for assistance in renovating, replacing or new construction of water supply systems in rural mountain villages of northern Thailand.  We are assessing each need and creating a list of priority projects that we will begin when adequate funds are collected.

Thank you for being a part of the solution of bringing cool, clean water to many who don't have it now, so they can turn their attention growing strong, productive communities.

Old water tank systems need to be replaced
Old water tank systems need to be replaced
Filter systems help provide clean water
Filter systems help provide clean water
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Village of Saw Baa needs clean water system
Village of Saw Baa needs clean water system

When you think of Thailand, most people picture lush jungle foliage and elephants running through the rivers with monkeys swinging from the trees.  This description of Thailand can be seen in rainy season when the rivers are flowing high and the trees are all green.  However, many people do not realize there is a dry season in northern Thailand when the rivers are only trickling and much of the jungle turns brown.  This is when strategic water systems are needed most in the northern villages of Thailand.

Our team continues to assess the needs of many villages and to make plans to meet the greatest water needs.  Several villages have old water systems that do not meet the needs of the expanding communities and need to have increased capacity to provide water, especially during the dry season running from October through April.

Other villages do not have any central water systems and rely on water deliveries to fill individual storage tanks.  As resources are available, we will be installing clean water systems to meet the demands of the whole village.

Our team exploring water supply sources
Our team exploring water supply sources
Challenge:  route clean water to nearby villages
Challenge: route clean water to nearby villages
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Leaders want to replace plastic tanks with steel.
Leaders want to replace plastic tanks with steel.

Due to the Covid19 restrictions, our team was only able to visit a few villages in the last several months to assess the water needs and bring some much needed food and cooking supplies.  We visit villages located north of Mae Hang Son, starting with Baan Mai Sang Naam where we were able to provide food packs for 50 families.  This village had a dozen 5000 liter plastic storage containers, however the source of water had dried up and they needed to connect to a spring another 8 kilometers away.

We then went north to Baan Saw Baat where delivered another 25 food packs and assessed the water needs at the village.  The village leader was reqesting a new water system as the current one was in need of numerous repairs and did not meet the needs of the village when it was functioning.

In the village of Baan Bawkrai we examined several old concrete water tanks that need replacement and re-piping.  We then continued north passed Baan WatNaLuang to the remote village of Baan Ehla, where we distributed 30 more food packs to families and discussed water system locations and details with the village leaders.

There is not enough storage room to meet demand.
There is not enough storage room to meet demand.
Two old storage tanks near Baan Ehla
Two old storage tanks near Baan Ehla
Plastic storage tanks at Baan Mai Sang Naam
Plastic storage tanks at Baan Mai Sang Naam
Leaders want to replace plastic tanks with steel.
Leaders want to replace plastic tanks with steel.
There is not enough storage room to meet demand.
There is not enough storage room to meet demand.
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Family Connection Foundation

Location: Muang, Chiang Mai - Thailand
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Project Leader:
Timothy Dunham
Muang, Chiang Mai Thailand
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