Meet China’s Water Gladiators

We’ve always made it a point to listen to the local community. We pay attention to their personal stories of hardship, like their experiences of going on long backbreaking treks to collect a single bucket of water from the nearest water source. We then include the local community’s voices to inform our decisions from the […]

Got H2O?

An estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide still lack access to proper sanitation, most of whom live in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2006, Lien AID has partnered with governments, international development agencies, non-governmental organisations as well as the local community to improve access to proper sanitation for poor rural communities in 6 countries across Asia […]

BASF and Lien AID implement social enterprise for floating village on Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia

BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, together with Lien AID, a non-profit organization with a strong track record in implementing sustainable water infrastructure projects for poor rural villages, celebrated the successful launch of a community-owned water treatment plant project in Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia. The project aims to improve the access to affordable clean water […]

First Community Water Enterprise pilot in Vietnam offers new hope for a community in one of poorest provinces in the Mekong Delta

The provinces of Tra Vinh remains one of the poorest in the Mekong Delta, with a high concentration of ethnic minority people (Kh’mer) residing in the area. Living conditions are made even more challenging with water sources in the coastal province severely affected by salinity and alkalinity problems, due to the rising sea levels. Unfortunately, […]

Have you washed your hands?

Every year on Oct 15th, the world marks Global Handwashing Day, a celebration that aims to foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap; shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country; and raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap. Taken from, handwashing with soap […]

Enabling local champions to tackle water woes at poor rural villages in China

“Most of the villagers have been manually transporting water for their entire lives. Some of them walk up to 5 kilometers per trip to collect water. To them, to be able to obtain water by just turning on the tap is a miracle. With access to a regular and permanent water source, the lives of […]

A record 12 Community Water Enterprises handed over to the communities, bringing clean affordable water to close to 30,000 people in rural Cambodia

“I am very happy because from now on, everyone is able to drink treated water. When we bought the water from the Community Water Enterprise, we demonstrated to the children that this water is safe for drinking. We also told them that they should only drink water from these bottles from now on. The children […]

Rural township home to dinosaur fossils now equipped with inaugural permanent water facilities

A township in mountainous rural China that became a major tourist attraction after archaeologists found dinosaur fossils there recently came into the international spotlight again but this time, not because of its archaeological past but instead its now promising future. Till last year, the community within the Chuxiong Prefecture in the Dinosaur Valley Township lived […]

Four rural villages in Chongqing Province have new lease of life

In the dead of winter or the height of summer, people from the rural villages of Chongqing Province walk long distances, traverse risky terrain and brave the natural elements everyday to collect and carry home fresh water on their backs. During the annual drought season, these difficulties are made worse with the number of fresh […]

Water supply contaminated with saltwater intrusion made safe for drinking for communities across two Vietnamese provinces on the Mekong Delta

During the dry season from January to June every year, contaminating saltwater seeps into the communities’ drinking water supply in the coastal provinces of Ben Tre and Tra Vinh in Vietnam. With municipal water treatment systems unable to remove this high saline content effectively, rural communities are forced to buy water from other sources. Villagers […]