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  • Writer's picturePaul T. Rubens

Building Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the Mekong

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

I'm joining the board of evidence-based non-profit Thrive Networks/East Meets West (, which has a decades-long history operating throughout the Greater Mekong sub-region in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene solutions (WASH), along with education and women empowerment programs.

The East Meets West Foundation first became a force for good in Vietnam over 30 years ago, focused on bringing clean water and toilet systems to rural communities. Since then, EMW as overseen the installation of thousands of clean water stations in schools and public areas and over 300,000 toilet systems throughout the country, improving the lives of over 3 million people.

East Meets West has evolved into Thrive Networks and is continuing the good work in Vietnam, with generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Dubai Cares and many others.

Today, Thrive Networks operates on the ground in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in the interest of under-served populations. It leverages public and private resources to engage with evidence-based programs proven to work at the local level, to organically and permanently elevate communities out of poverty.

Hope you can join one of Thrive's informative updates next year. Their work to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene as well as education and other initiatives to the Greater Mekong Sub-region, an area with so much long-term potential, is vital.

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