Myanmar Impact Report Q3-Q4
W|W Myanmar Program Report
February 2019 - April 2019
Thank you for supporting Wine To Water’s Program in Myanmar!
Wine To Water’s program in Myanmar is focused in the communities of Ka Det Chaung and Gone Nyin Tan, located in the Irrawaddy Delta region. Here, the people struggle from lack of clean water and sanitation. In the rainy season, they are reliant on rainwater, which comes in a limited supply. If they are not able to collect enough rainwater to last them through the dry season, they must walk far distances to get water, which can still be highly contaminated. Both communities are in dire need of a proper water source, filtration, and education.
The relationships with both communities started because of our relationship with Nobel Htoo, Project Manager for W|W. Nobel was born in Ka Det Chaung, but immigrated to Thailand as a refugee for the majority of her childhood. After immigrating to the U.S. at eighteen, she was a student at Hartwick College in New York where she first met Doc. Noble has spent years developing her relationship with W|W. Her passion and desire to work for her community sparked the birth of W|W’s program in Myanmar. She had her first scouting trip with W|W in 2018. She now is living in Ka Det Chaung where she is committed to serving her people.
Our work first began in Myanmar in the summer of 2018. Nobel was able to distribute 23 filters in Gone Nyin Tan benefitting 262 people. In Ka Det Chaung, she was able to distribute 25 filters befitting on local school with 250 students and 80 community members. Through Nobel, this trip built the foundation for the program we have today.
The program we are planning to implement in Ka Det Chaung and Gon Nyan Tan consists of filter distribution, education, and water source development. In Ka Det Chaung, we will be developing two current water sources. The sources will be combined to form one big reservoir (large collection pool for water) with 8 hand pumps for all 721 community members. In both communities, filters will be distributed along with education on maintenance and importance of the filter.
Myanmar Program Overview:
Since February, Nobel has been able to distribute 175 Sawyer filters in both communities and she even expanded the filter distribution to third community called Taung Ka Lay. The impact of the filters already distributed has helped 673 people in these three communities. Based on our recent 1-month follow-ups, all community members have shown a usage rating of 92.5%. This means that the training Nobel implemented has been effective and the community members realize the importance of the filter. There is still a need for more filters, and we will work to get those to the people who need them.
Our Field Technician, Mr. Nixon, has been responsible for overseeing the major construction activities, and training the Water Use Committee on details for taking care of the system after construction is completed. The Water Use Committee is responsible for assembling the community for work, organizing locations for trainings, and other key activities to ensure the new reservoir and pumps will be taken care of. Construction activities began with pumping water out of the two reservoir tanks. A tractor was hired to come and expand the existing reservoirs and connect the two.
Our upcoming tasks include installing the 8 pumps, so that community members can easily collect water from the reservoir, adding stairs so that community members can access the pumps, and constructing a new fence around the structure to keep out livestock. The construction process will be completed at the end of June, with the start of the rainy season. At this time, the reservoir will begin to collect rainwater, and will provide enough water for the community throughout the year. This water, paired with the use of Sawyer filters, will ensure people have a clean drink inside their homes.
For all filter distributions we require that community members have some type of buy-in. This provides ownership of the filter and helps ensure that the filter will be taken care of over time. In Ka Det Chaung, the money raised for the filters went back into the construction costs for the water system. They turned that money into a contribution for a better water source in their community. However, the financial contributions of Taung Ka Lay and Gone Nyin Tan could not be used to support a water system, for W|W would not be constructing one during the distribution of filters. With this in mind, Nobel took a different approach. She asked the community members if they would be willing to use the money to help an individual by the name of Saw Eh Shee. Saw Eh Shee, a man from Taung Ka Lay, was hit by a motorcycle while walking on the sidewalk three years ago. He broke his jaw, left arm, and right leg. His jaw and arm healed, but he had a metal plate inserted into his right thigh, as it couldn't heal on its own. The metal was supposed to be removed last year but Saw Eh Shee could not afford the surgery.
Today, He has an infection in his leg as a result of the old metal, and it debilitates his ability to work. The leaders in Gone Nyin Tan and Taung Ka Lay agreed with Nobel’s plan to help him with his medical bills. Within a week, Saw Eh Shee went to the orthopedist and was able to purchase antibiotics. He also has a surgery scheduled for July 1st. The impact of clean water is profound. It brings people together. The communities of Taung Ka Lay and Gone Nyin Tan not only gained access to clean water, but worked together to help someone regain their health. Truly, the power of community can be seen through what is happening in Myanmar.
Since the beginning of April, the community of Ka Det Chaung have been without water. Right now, it is the dry season in Myanmar, and water sources are extremely scarce. This is very common in these communities, and it highlights the need for them to have a proper water reservoir. Nobel and the community of Ka Det Chaung need additional support. With the reconstruction of their major water reservoir still underway, the village is without water access until the rainy season begins in late June. They have an urgent need to bring water into the community. The overall project costs $70,000 dollars, and we are in need of your continued support. Thanks to your contributions, the of people of Ka Det Chaung will no longer have to face this problem.