CONSTRUCTION WATER DRAINAGE - Narrow The Gap Community Program

1. Organization overview:
- Name: Research Center for Social Work & Community Development (SDRC)
- Established year: 22/11/2001
- Address: 273/52 Nguyen Van Dau, Ward 11, Binh Thanh District, HCMC
- Representative: Phan Thi My Nhung
- Title: Deputy director
2. Project scopes:
- Location: At 44, 45, Quater 6, Ward 15, Go Vap District
- Time: 01/03/2017 - 01/05/2017

3. Target community / beneficiaries :
Households at 44, 45, Quarter 6, Ward 15, Go Vap District
4. Target communities / beneficiaries challenges:
The majority of households have never been flooded or blocked due to using spontaneous culverts/ditches. In case of trouble, households collect money together to hire someone to dredge sewers. Residents are keen to build a planned sewer system but there are some difficulties such as lack of motivation as an organization, a project leader and money. The sewer system requires too much funding, so it is difficult for people to fulfill their wishes.
There is a lack of drains, so some families have directly discharged wastewater from the toilets to the spontaneous sewers/ditches, affecting the surrounding environment such as causing odors, stagnant water, flooding, creating conditions for microorganisms to grow. This seriously affects the health of households.
Residents added that the lack of drains is highly unpleasant, with some neighbors discharging water from car washing, clothes and floors directly onto the street. This creates pools of stangnant water and affects travel and activities of people surrounding.

1. Initiative proposal:
Quarter 6 is one of 8 neighborhoods of Ward 15, Go Vap District, City. Ho Chi Minh. Although it is an urban area, it is suburban compared to the city center (Ho Chi Minh City) and still contains active agriculture. In Quarter 6, most of the residential groups have completed drainage sewers, but only two groups 44 and 45 have no drainage system. Therefore, people here have to build spontaneous secondary sewers or back-house ditches. The spontaneous formation of secondary sewers was built before 1954. Since then, people in groups 44, 45 still have to use this degraded spontaneous secondary sewer.
Due to the spontaneous nature and use over the years, the sewer condition has been severely degraded, causing frequent sewage blockages. Many households have to overcome this situation simple methods such as dredging sewers, regularly picking up garbage to make the sewer clear. This is a short-term and unsustainable solution. The lack of a complete drainage sewer seriously affects the daily life of the people and the surrounding environment. Since then, it will have a significant impact on their health and the environment in the long run
When the sewer construction project is implemented, not only are 35 households directly benefiting from residential groups 44 and 45, but also households belonging to population group 46, people outside of the three groups. residents but often have to work around these 3 groups and this is the way they often move to churches, markets ... all indirectly benefit from this project.
Therefore, it is urgent to build a complete water supply and drainage system to ensure the long and sustainable life of the people.
2: Long-term goals:
Improving the daily life and health of the people.
Improve relationships between neighbors.
3. Short - term goals:
Complete the drainage system so that there are no clogged drains, bad odors, and water stagnation.
4. Expectation outcomes/changes:
1. After 2 months, 35 households of residential groups 44, 45, quarter 6, ward 15, Go Vap district are allowed to use the complete drainage system.
2. After 2 months, this area no longer has sewer congestion, bad smell, stagnant water.
Phan Thi My Nhung
Position: Deputy Director of Research Center - Social Work Advisory & Community Development (SDRC);
Specialization: Bachelor of Social Work
Experience: Trainer of Ho Chi Minh City Open University; Head of Center for Social Work & Community Development at Phuong 15, Teacher (2011 - 2013); Project coordinator "Promoting and protecting the rights of workers from other localities in HCMC".
Mr. Mai Thanh Luu
Position: Cadastral and construction officer of Ward 15, Go Vap
Specialty: Construction Engineer
Experience: participated in a number of local construction projects
Mr. Trinh Khac Thanh
Position: Leader of Group 44, Quarter 6, Ward 15, Go Vap District.
Specialty: industrial chemistry, production of fine art wood.
Experience: participated in several sewer construction projects in Quarter 6, Phung 15, Go Vap District; family house construction.
Mr. Nguyen Van Chay
Position: Group 45, Quarter 6, Ward 15, Go Vap District.
Specialty: Management and supervision of construction works.
Experience: participating in the construction and repair of constructions such as auxiliary sewers, drainage ditches, house construction, house supervision for children
Mr. Ha Van Tam
Position: Secretary of KP 5 Party and Head of Quarter 5, Ward 15, Go Vap District.
Former Deputy Director of My A Construction Investment Company Limited.
Specialty: Road and bridge engineer.
Experience: design of road construction drawings; sewerage, participating in sewer construction projects in Quarter 5, Ward 15, Go Vap.

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