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Project to provide safe water for more people in Yangon

After moving to her squat seven years ago, Daw Than Mya soon regretted never digging a hole for the tube well at the back of her house. As a result, she buy
a tank of water everyday, costing K600.

Daw Than Mya lives in Dagon Seikkan with her two children.During the summer and winter months, she experiences water shortages.
“Sometimes, we try to make a tank of water last for two days to save money,” said Daw Than Mya, who sells fried gourd, beans, onions and pennywort at the markets.
After a year of moving in to the squat, when the surrounding plots of land were being converted into housing projects, Daw Than Myarealised it was too late to dig-up the ground for the tube well.She was, however, lucky enough to dig a toilet as most of her neighbors never had the luxury. They had moved from the delta region in search of work in the city, and didn’t think to build toilets on the land.

“When I moved here seven years ago, there were only three or four squats. So, I had enough space to dig the toilet. Now there are so many more squatters, and most of them lack toilets,” Daw Than Mya said.Diageo Southeast Asia, a global leader in alcoholic beverages, today announced a new partnership with WaterAid, an international non-govermental organisation that helps provide clean water and toilets to communities around the world. The partnership will provide access to clean water in townships of Yangon, Myanmar.

The project aims to give 10,000 people access to clean water in households and healthcare facilities through women’s social projects. An education programme
teaching locals about the importance of clean water and waterborne diseases may also help a further 30,000 people.
Starting in June, the assistance will be targeted at large numbers of women migrant workers from rural communities who reside in Yangon due to the employment
opportunities in garment factories. However, a large cohort of this population still struggles to access clean drinking water and sanitary toilets.
Responding to these, the women will be encouraged to sell clean water produced by newly-built water treatment systems, enabling them to improve their livelihoods so they can provide clean water to their communities.

Workshops will also teach women about menstrual health and personal hygiene, as well as the importance of hand-washing.
One in five people in Myanmar lack access to clean water. In rural communities, the lack of water treatment and delivery systems has proven detrimental to women,
children and those with disabilities.

The project will cost£200,000 in total, running over a 27-month period. WaterAid Myanmar will work in collaboration with the Yangon City Development Committee
(YCDC), relevant local government authorities and local communities to ensure that the water and services reach those in most need.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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