Lao Rehabilitation Foundation
FABBAs help bring clean water to rural villagers
Mokchak village, accessible only by four wheel drive is located in rural Houn District in Oudomxay province, Lao PDR. The village is home to 507 Khamou ethnic people. It houses 102 families in 82 houses. There are a few septic systems in place, usually these are shared by 3 or 4 families. Prior to building of the well and pipline these ‘toilets’ were mainly unusable as there is no water available at proximity. There is no electricity in the village. There is an elementary school with 103 students although a septic system was installed near the school it had no access to water. The economy is essentially farming, 70% of it dry farming corn on the hill slopes (slash and burn) and 30% rice farming in the valley around the village. The main income comes from selling corn; it averages $200 per family per year.
Through FABBAs donations a well and pipeline were built allowing for clean water to be brought to the village. This project provided clean drinking and cooking water to more than 500 people living in this village. The primary school now has clean drinking water at proximity. Access to clean drinking water has decreased the burden of women and children to bring water to the village. Cases of diarrhea and typhoid fever has significantly decreased. Overall living conditions in the village have significantly improved, especially for children.