The Northeast of Thailand or so-called “Isarn” still belongs to the poorest parts of the country. Rainfall is erratic and often insufficient leading to serious drought in many areas. Occasionally, there are heavy thunderstorms with flooding of some areas, but people cannot take advantage of the water due to insufficient retention of soil capacity, as well as lack of water storage and know-how. The government has tried to solve the problem of water shortages for a long time, but it is still not capable of reaching all areas that are in need.
According to a recent survey, many communities in northeastern/southern regions still suffer from a lack of clean water for consumption, household use and income generation. If approved by the Coca-Cola Foundation, the next phase of the Clean Water for Communities will concentrate on Solar Powered Water Systems (SPWS) and provide three more villages in the northeastern Thailand.
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Training and Education
With PDA’s guidance and assistance, village representatives had a meeting at Ban Phai Centre, discussed the project maintenance and development. They all agreed that use of proceeds collected from electricity and water cost must be transparent and communal. 15,000Baht wasallocatedfor each community’s Village Water Fund, as seed money to mange community water system, dividend will be used for community development activities
Villagers have sufficient water for daily consumption
Income increased by utilizing water in agricultural activities
Community institutions such as women and youth groups were strengthened
Villagers were empowered and became self-reliant
Adopt new technology in communities to save energy and reduce global warming
Act as model project for government agency, especially Tambon Administration Organization (TAO) who bears the burden of electricity for villagers
In the past, villagers had been experiencing frequent water shortage caused by inadequate water resources and inefficient water management system. After the SPWS construction, villagers now have sufficient water supply and learned to manage the system by themselves. Villages develop agriculture activities such as trees and vegetables planting which bring extra income to the family. Part of the dividend from village water fund is used to support village school, health centre and village temples.
The project has significant impact on villagers’ life. Reliable and adequate water supply protects people’s health and wealth. Without the generous support and commitment of Coca-Cola Thailand, the project couldn’t have been successful.