The southern province of Ben Tre has been accelerating a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Output-Based Approach (WASHOBA) Programme funded by a social organisation, enabling thousands of locals to benefit from the work soon.

The East Meets West (EMW) has funnelled some 500,000 AUD (nearly 472,000 USD) provided by Australia to the province to construct nine clean water supply stations. Once finished, they will benefit more than 4,600 households in a number of districts.

To date, three out of the nine have been completed. Ben Tre’s Clean Water and Rural Environmental Sanitation Centre is mobilising necessary resources to soon finish the remaining works.

The EMW has also granted more than 3.6 billion VND (169,130 USD) in non-refundable assistance to help the province build 4,250 toilets for local households.

However, the progress of the project is quite slow due to the lack of effective collaboration between stakeholders.

Vice Chairman of the provincial Peoples’ Committee Tran Anh Tuan said the province will ask the stakeholders to quicken the progress of the project and seriously realise their commitments to the organisation.-VNA