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Posts with label 'Water'
Author: Sara Lehman  |  Posted on 8 March 2016
Empowering WOMEN through Improved Water Security (1/6)

On the International Women's Day (March 8th), USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) project wants to share women's stories, particularly in rural villages of Lao PDR's Khammouan Province, through compelling images.

Ken and Nee, Done Keo Villlagers, are waiting their turns to collect water. (Photo: Dr. Ingrid Suter/IUCN Lao PDR)

Noticing that I was alone, two women shyly approached me with tentative smiles. I’d seen them earlier that day supervising young children in what turned out to be a makeshift kindergarten. This is how I met 20 year old Ken and 18 year old Nee, although Nee was unsure of her exact age or even her last name. Such is life in the remote village of Ban Done Keo in Khammoun Province of the Lao People’s Democratic Republics (Lao PDR).

Hae Ko villagers install a water filtration system to increase resilience to climate-related threats to their water supply. (Photo: Ratkawee Boonmake/IUCN)

“Last year during the rainy season, the entire village got sick from the drinking water,” says Asa, a farmer in northern Thailand’s Hae Ko village, adding, “This has been a problem for us over the last few years.” Asa said the rainfall has become irregular and heavier during the rainy season. This has caused soils on the hill sides to erode and sediments to enter their water supply. He explains, “During the rainy season, our drinking water is a reddish color.” He and the other villagers typically boil their water only when making tea, but not for other consumption.

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