Since 1999, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Ben Tre.
When taking into account factors such as the social inclusion and protection of children, water and sanitation infrastructure, education and housing situation, and child labour rates, the Mekong Delta has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country. Many families have moved to other provinces.
In the region, sanitation is poorer than at the national average. The incidence of people contracting E. coli in household drinking water is as high as 49.1%. Unsafe drinking water causes a number of infectious diseases – to which children are most vulnerable.
Women’s experiences are directly impacted by water insecurity and poverty in the Mekong River Delta.
When livelihoods are threatened, families are displaced or they relocate. Women are often responsible for procuring water and managing the household budget. Caring obligations also tend to fall disproportionately on women.
When people are forced to move, there is an increased risk of domestic violence: 1 in 5 women suffer sexual or physical abuse since age 15 in Vietnam.