INSEE Vietnam on July 15 joined forces with Tuoi Tre News and Kien Giang Youth Union to organize a ceremony marking the inauguration of a 1.6km-long water pipeline in Ba Nui Hamlet in Binh An Commune of Kien Giang Province’s Kien Luong District with a sponsorship of around VND250 million.
This project is part of the program “Bring freshwater to the Mekong Delta” launched by Tuoi Tre News with the financial support from Siam City Cement Vietnam Co., Ltd. (INSEE Vietnam).
In the past few years, people in this area had to fetch water from small rivers and lakes, and store rainwater for daily use. However, this year has seen the water level in lakes seriously dwindling due to prolonged drought and saline intrusion.
Sharing the difficulties of freshwater shortage that the local people have to face, the program “Bring freshwater to the Mekong Delta” has implemented a project to install the main water pipeline from the pumping station to the residential area stretching 1.6km long. An Binh water supply station supported the installation of water meters and pipelines from the main pipeline to each household.
This project has a special significance to the locals as it helps improve the health and quality of life for 250 people living around Son Tra Mount as well as contributes to the development of infrastructure there. Especially, the project also benefits more than 100 children currently living in this area who will have the opportunity to develop comprehensively in a sustainable environment.
At the inauguration ceremony, INSEE Hon Chong Plant also donated 20 gifts to disadvantaged households of Ba Nui Hamlet. “These days, the water is contaminated with high salinity content, so we cannot use it, and daily activities prove very difficult. Fortunately, there is a water pipeline to help us,” said Ms. Ly Thi Sam, a 66-year-old local.
The program “Bring freshwater to the Mekong Delta” is deployed with the collaboration of INSEE Vietnam, which offers a cash grant of VND500 million to donate water tanks for people in Long An and Vinh Long provinces and water pipelines for Ba Nui Hamlet in Binh An Commune of Kien Luong District, together with 500 tons of cement to support the locals in order to overcome drought and salinity intrusion.
Mr. Andy White, Director of INSEE Hon Chong Plant, said: “INSEE Vietnam always aims to bring sustainable and long-term values to contribute to the community and society. Through the project with Tuoi Tre News and Kien Giang Youth Union, INSEE Vietnam as well as the company’s volunteers are proud of contributing our efforts support local communities, especially in Kien Giang Province, where our INSEE Hon Chong Plant operates.”
As a long-term investor in Vietnam, INSEE has placed sustainable development as part of its core values. This is partly reflected on the company’s social responsibility programs focusing on three key areas of education development, local infrastructure and community building.