In the context that many provinces and cities in Vietnam are still "calling for help" due to the lack of clean water, poor households, and low women's economic capacity, many social enterprises have been established and are investing in the activities carrying out the mission to bring many practical benefits to the community, and contributing to solving these pressing problems, thereby gradually improving the lives of the locals.
In Cua Lo Town, Nghe An Province, pure water is the top concern of the people. Mr. Vuong Dinh Thang, living in Nghi Hai Ward said: “Apart from those who have a sense of cleanliness and do not litter, there are still quite a lot of people who are not conscious and do not dispose of garbage properly at the prescribed places, thereby negatively affecting the urban landscape and community water resources.”
Agreeing with this opinion, Mr. Mai Van Chung, Truong Can (Nghe An) Party Cell Secretary, shared that at present, the clean water program has been more popular but the problem of communicating about clean water solutions has not been fully resolved. “The water source must be clear and clean at the same time. Littering is in a state of alert which makes clean water even more scarce,” said Mr. Chung.
As Mr. Chung explained, Cua Lo is located in a special area where the upstream and downstream are the two rivers. In rainy seasons, this place becomes a "gathering point" of floodwater and waste from the watershed, polluting the water source and seriously degrading the beauty of Cua Lo beach. Facing a situation that attracted the attention of the society, the Executive Board of the Cua Lo Town Tourism Association and a beverage company joined hands to bring good news to the locals by establishing EKOCENTER, a community activity center that will serve the people of Cua Lo town. At the same time, Society 19/5 Co., Ltd. was also established to run EKOCENTER Cua Lo, maximizing the effectiveness of this model.
Mr. Vo Manh Chung (Director of the social enterprise 19/5, running EKOCENTER Nghe An) shared that the goal of 19/5 Co. Ltd is to bring utilities to the community, including a clean water source. “The EKOCENTER model with the management of local social enterprises and the Cua Lo Town Tourism Association will contribute to promoting more practical activities to improve people’s quality of life, and enhancing the local strengths to bolster economic development and build a sustainable community," Mr. Vo Manh Chung added.
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One of the main operational goals of EKOCENTER is to provide adequate clean water to serve the needs of local people so that poor households will not be in shortage of clean water. On average, each EKOCENTER can provide 6,000 liters of pure water per day to 3,000 residents - a significant amount contributing to "refreshment" with clean drinking water for the locals. Many people could not hide their joy in gaining access to the long-awaited clean water.
Moving from clean water to improved health is not a very long journey. In parallel with the implementation of the clean water plant, EKOCENTER also makes efforts to solve health problems and improve the health of the community with many regular medical examinations and treatment activities. According to Mr. Vuong Dinh Thang, Nghi Hai Ward’s resident, people here are very supportive of EKOCENTER's activities: “The free medical examination and treatment program of EKOCENTER helps people live healthier and prevent many diseases. There are up to 80% of the local people participating in meaningful and practical activities organized by EKOCENTER.”
Head back down to the western region to explore Community Activity Centers here. Water quality in the Mekong Delta region has been significantly degraded in recent years due to the impacts of drought and saline intrusion caused by climate change, in addition to other factors such as wastewater pollution, solid waste, and pesticides. Therefore, the establishment of EKOCENTER in Dong Thap is considered to be extremely timely and positive. With a 3-in-1 design, EKOCENTER Dong Thap's new social enterprise model is equipped with a department store, a community center with a library, computers, and an entertainment area.
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