Vietnam Initiative

Overview

In 2017, Gravity Water launched the Vietnam Initiative to expand it’s water relief efforts to communities in Vietnam. Gravity Water worked with local companies and communities to create an impact that could be managed, maintained, and sustained by the local communities throughout the future. With Vietnam receiving a large amount for rainfall each year, and with rainwater harvesting being a common cultural practice for communities throughout Vietnam, Gravity Water had a natural and welcomed approach to providing clean drinking water to communities in need.

Since Fall 2017, Gravity Water has worked with nine schools and communities, providing a daily source of safe drinking water to over 4,000 children and community members.

Bat Xat Elementary School

Bat Xat Elementary School is located in the rural Lao Cai District of northern Vietnam and is composed of 486 students, ranging from ages 6 to 12. The project was completed in May of 2019 and was constructed to utilize rainwater harvesting on-site.

Before Gravity Water’s arrival, the students of Bat Xat Elementary School were facing many health issues related to drinking the water they had on site, with the most recognizable issue being bacteria and agricultural pollutants. Due to Bat Xat Elementary School’s rural and isolated location, the school lacked access to common resources, such as reliable electricity and filtered water, making Gravity Water’s system a transformational project for the school and community. The Gravity Water system is currently providing 1,000+ liters of safe drinking water per day to the students, staff, and community, completely energy free.

This project was made possible through the support of our monthly members and donors.

Ban Pho Elementary School

Ban Pho Elementary School is located in the rural Bac Ha District of northern Vietnam and is composed of 234 students, ranging from ages 6 to 12. The project was completed in May of 2019 and was constructed to utilize rainwater harvesting on-site.

Due to Ban Pho Elementary School’s rural and isolated location, the school lacked access to common resources, such as reliable electricity and filtered water, making Gravity Water’s system a transformational project for the school and community. The Gravity Water system is currently providing 1,000+ liters of safe drinking water per day to the students, staff, and community, completely energy free.

This project was made possible through the Gravity Water Youth Initiative fundraiser campaign by Scotts Valley High School in Scotts Valley, California, United States, and through the support of our monthly members and donors.

Coc Ly Elementary School

Coc Ly Elementary School is located in the rural Bac Ha District of northern Vietnam and is composed of 248 students, ranging from ages 6 to 12. The project was completed in May of 2019 and was constructed to utilize rainwater harvesting on-site.

Due to Coc Ly Elementary School’s rural and isolated location, the school lacked access to common resources, such as reliable electricity and filtered water, making Gravity Water’s system a transformational project for the school and community. The Gravity Water system is currently providing 1,000+ liters of safe drinking water per day to the students, staff, and community, completely energy free.

This project was made possible through the Gravity Water Youth Initiative fundraiser campaign by Arroyo Grande High School in Arroyo Grande, California, United States, and through the support of our monthly members and donors.

La Gi Thang Kindergarten School

La Gi Thang Kindergarten is located in the rural Bac Ha District of northern Vietnam and is composed of 40 students, ranging from ages 2 to 6. The project was completed in May of 2019 and was constructed to utilize rainwater harvesting on-site.

Due to La Gi Thang Kindgarten’s rural and isolated location, the school lacked access to common resources, such as reliable electricity and filtered water, making Gravity Water’s system a transformational project for the school and community. The Gravity Water system is currently providing 500+ liters of safe drinking water per day to the students, staff, and community, completely energy free.

This project was made possible through the support of our monthly members and donors.

Su Man Khang Elementary School and Kindergarten

Su Man Khang Elementary and Kindergarten is located in the rural Bac Ha District of northern Vietnam and is composed of 60 students, ranging from ages 2 to 12. The project was completed in May of 2019 and was constructed to utilize rainwater harvesting on-site.

Su Man Khang Elementary and Kindergarten is located on the top of a hill, making access to fresh water on-site unavailable. This Gravity Water system was installed to provide the school with an on-site source of fresh water, and is currently providing the 200 surrounding community members with access to gravity-fed fresh water for the entire community to use. Due to Su Man Khang’s rural and isolated location, the school lacked access to common resources, such as reliable electricity and filtered water, making Gravity Water’s system a transformational project for the school and community. The Gravity Water system is currently providing 1,000+ liters of safe drinking water per day to the students, staff, and community, completely energy free.

This project was made possible through the Gravity Water Youth Initiative fundraiser campaign by Nipomo High School, located in Nipomo, California, United States, and through the support of our monthly members and donors.

Nhieu Cu Van Primary School and Kindergarten

Nhieu Cu Van Primary School and Kindergarten is located in the rural Bac Ha District of northern Vietnam and is composed of 140 students, ranging from ages 2 to 12. The project was completed in November 2018 and was constructed to utilize both gravity-fed ground water and rainwater alike.

Due to Nhieu Cu Van’s rural and isolated location, the school lacked access to common resources, such as reliable electricity and filtered water, making Gravity Water’s system a transformational project for the school. The Gravity Water system is currently providing 500+ liters of safe drinking water per day to the students and staff, completely energy free.

Ta Van Chu Primary School

Ta Van Chu Primary School is located in the rural Bac Ha District of northern Vietnam and is composed of 330 students, ranging from ages 4 to 12. The project was completed in November 2018 and was constructed in conjunction with the school’s pre-existing 10,000-liter water storage tank.

Ta Van Chu Primary School used gravity-fed stream water, which is commonly polluted by agricultural chemicals. Gravity Water set up a 3,500-liter rainwater harvesting and filtration system that allowed the school to have a new source of water that was unpolluted and safe to drink year-round. This system provides the school and community with 500+ liters per day of safe drinking water, completely energy free.

MCCC Kindergarten

MCCC Kindergarten* is located in the northern region of Vietnam and is composed of 245 students, ranging from ages 2 to 6. The project was completed in November 2018 and was constructed in conjunction with the school’s pre-existing 10,000-liter water storage tank.

MCCC Kindergarten utilized gravity-fed stream water as its primary water source. Since this water source was located 10 meters from a local road, pollution in the water was common. To create a filtration system, Gravity Water installed a 3,000-liter elevated tank with an optional pumping system, which provides the school with 500+ liters of weekly safe drinking water, energy-free.

*Due to Non-Disclosure Agreements between Gravity Water and supporting partners, the name and location of this school aren’t publicly available.

MCDB Kindergarten

MCDB Kindergarten School* is located in the northern region of Vietnam and is composed of 130 students, ranging from ages 2 to 6. The project was completed in November 2018 and was constructed in conjunction with the school’s pre-existing 10,000-liter rainwater storage tank.

MCDB Kindergarten School utilized gravity-fed stream water as its primary water source. Since this water source was located 10 meters from a local road, pollution in the water was common. Gravity Water installed a 3,000-liter rainwater storage tank and filtration system, which was hard-lined to a 500-liter tank in the school’s kitchen for direct access.

*Due to Non-Disclosure Agreements between Gravity Water and supporting partners, the name and location of this school aren’t publicly available.

MCDB Primary School

MCDB Primary School* is located in the northern region of Vietnam and is composed of 185 students, ranging from ages 5 to 12. The project was completed in November 2018 and was constructed in conjunction with the school’s pre-existing 15,000-liter rainwater storage tank.

MCDB Primary School utilized gravity-fed stream water as its primary water source. Since this water source was located 10 meters from a local road, pollution in the water was common. To create a filtration system, Gravity Water installed a 3,000-liter elevated tank with an optional pumping system, which provides the school with 500+ liters of weekly safe drinking water, energy-free. This project was made possible through a Gravity Water Youth Initiative fundraiser hosted by Cumberland Elementary School in Sunnyvale, California and support from Drink Hope Water and Not Just Bamboo.

*Due to Non-Disclosure Agreements between Gravity Water and supporting partners, the name and location of this school aren’t publicly available.

HNHD Primary School

HNHD Primary School* is located in the northern region of Vietnam and is composed of 735 students, ranging from ages 5 to 12. The project was completed in November 2018 and was constructed in conjunction with the school’s pre-existing 30,000-liter rainwater storage tank.

Like many schools in Vietnam, HNHD Primary School utilized rainwater harvesting, yet the water was stored at ground level, reducing the ability for the water to be filtered. Gravity Water installed a 3,000-liter elevated tank with an optional pumping system, which provides the school with 1,000+ liters of weekly safe drinking water, energy-free. This project was made possible through a Gravity Water Youth Initiative fundraiser by the students of Le Jardin Academy in Kilauea, Hawaii, and support from Drink Hope Water and Not Just Bamboo.

*Due to Non-Disclosure Agreements between Gravity Water and supporting partners, the name and location of this school aren’t publicly available.

The Bamboo Factory

The first Gravity Water System was installed at one of the factories that produced Not Just Bamboo products, which is a company that supported some of Gravity Water’s projects in Vietnam. This factory had access to groundwater and rainwater, yet it was stored in a large cement tank on the ground, limiting their ability to filter it. With no source of safe drinking water on site, Gravity Water and Not Just Bamboo created a centralized Gravity Water System, which harvested rain off of one of the buildings and stored it adjacent to their cement reserve water tank. Creating a safe drinking water source for the approximate 250 employees of the factory gave them a future of health and happiness at their workplace.

Bamboo Factory - Community Public School

The second Gravity Water System was installed at the local school where the Bamboo Factory was located. This school was composed of approximately 250 students from preschool to middle school, many of them being children of the employees that worked in the local bamboo factory in the community. The school had no access to safe drinking water and were dependent on boiling water if they wanted to sterilize it, which was very energy, time-consuming, and not reliable throughout the year. The school principals and employees expressed the need and concern they had in regards to not having clean water for the children and worked with Gravity Water and Not Just Bamboo to help build the system for their students.

Hanoi Village Preschool and Kindergarten

Another bamboo factory that develops products for Not Just Bamboo is located in a village in Northern Vietnam. Fortunately, this bamboo factory was previously retrofitted with a water filtration system, so Gravity Water and Not Just Bamboo decided to develop the third clean drinking water system for the village’s Preschool/Kindergarten, which was located only blocks away. This school lacked access to any onsite clean drinking water and were dependent on purchasing safe drinking water whenever they had enough money to prevent the young children from getting sick. Though the school was already harvesting rainwater and storing it in a 30,000-liter cement tank, they had no way of filtering the water to make it safe for drinking. Gravity Water and Not Just Bamboo worked with the local school to build a Gravity Water System adjacent to the rainwater storage tank, allowing the school to have a free source of on-demand safe drinking water for the approximate 700 2- to 6-year old students that attended the school.

In 2019, Gravity Water will be working to reach the areas of Vietnam that are in the greatest need of clean drinking water, increasing the collaborative initiative from the local villages to communities across the nation.

Please support our work in Vietnam by sponsoring a child and help us bring clean drinking water to communities in need.