Water Systems Serving Thousands of Students
Until recently, students at the Nguyen Thi Dinh Secondary School were told to carry containers of water with them when they went to school each day, because the water there wasn’t safe to drink. So Dow stepped in to help and donated a water purification system that will serve the school’s nearly 900 students and teachers for years to come.
It’s part of a long-term campaign of support that has seen Dow donate more than 20 such systems to rural hospitals and schools in Vietnam every year since 2001. Each system has a capacity to purify up to 7,000 liters per day, a true life-saver in a country that is frequently besieged by typhoons and severe flooding.
“We are touched by Dow’s sensible and helpful program,” said Vo Kim Lien, principal of Phuoc Thien I Primary School, which also received a purification system. “The clean drinking water from Dow’s new water purification system will enable 1,500 pupils and teachers at our school to have good health and to focus on learning and teaching.”
Donation of water purification systems touches on both of the primary commitments of Dow’s Global Citizenship approach: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow and Innovating for Global Solutions. In many cases, the systems installed in schools also serve the broader community. Phuoc Thien I Primary School in Dong Nai province, for instance, is one of many schools that also serve as shelters during natural disasters or other emergencies. Dow has had a presence in Vietnam, a nation of 90 million people, since 1995. In 2014, Dow began working closely with the People’s Coordinating Committee to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of the water purification system donation campaign. The plan is to expand the campaign in the future.
“We have been actively engaged in corporate social responsibility programs since we established our representative office in 1995, and purified water is among our most critical and meaningful programs to support the Vietnamese community,” said Vietnam Country Manager Tomoyuki Sasama. “We expect the collaboration with the People’s Coordinating Committee and local authorities will help us to bring clean drinking water to a growing number of Vietnam’s people.”