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We recently shared with you the great success we’ve had in bringing safe water systems and education to rural villages in Vietnam. We were able to fully fund 31 LifeStraw safe water systems for rural communities in Thua Thien-Hue Province in Central Vietnam. The systems will be installed in water-1preschools, primary schools and health clinics to make them more accessible to the whole family, and reinforce healthy food and hygiene habits throughout the community.

Installation of the water systems were stalled, however, due to excessive flooding in Vietnam. Torrential rains and tropical storms have caused death and destruction, and the community leaders of the villages we committed to sponsor were unable to travel to Hue City to receive them. Flooding began in August water-3and still continues today, causing many other issues for health and infrastructure, especially in the rural areas we serve. Last week, community leaders were finally able to meet with the MEDRIX team to receive the systems and thank our donors, through MEDRIX, for their kind support.

Your support of our education and water projects in Central Vietnam truly does make a difference. Children and their families have access to safe water, free from bacteria that causes illnesses, in at least one area of their village. They learn the importance of food safety and safe water for cooking and handwashing. And our local partners are able to tailor their community outreach efforts based on things like the flooding we mentioned, to provide people with the knowledge that is relevant to their daily lives, right now.

Our supporters like you make a real difference in Central Vietnam, and your impact will continue far into the future. We sincerely thank you for partnering with MEDRIX to benefit kids and families in Vietnam!


All of the village leaders and MEDRIX team are represented!

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Summer is almost gone and it’s time for kids to head back to school! MEDRIX has committed to installing 31 LifeStraw safe water systems in preschools and clinics in rural Vietnam this year, and thanks to your generosity, the installation will begin NEXT WEEK! But we don’t stop at installing necessary equipment like drinking and […] Read more

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Thousands of children in Vietnam younger than five years of age suffer from heart disease. Children’s heart disease is the most common birth defect globally and 90% of the children born in developing countries have no access to the care they need. With labored breathing and lack of energy, these children are not able to attend school […] Read more

Summer is finally here! Kids are excited to have a break from school, but no school also means that they might not have easy access to something that we often take for granted: safe drinking water.  In rural Vietnam, there are many obstacles to accessing safe water to drink and cook with. It is time-consuming […] Read more

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Thanks to the support of MEDRIX donors and partners, another community health workshop has wrapped up and its participants are eager to share their new knowledge within their communities! Recently health workers from Phu Loc District participated in a workshop that demonstrated how to safely care for expecting mothers and their newborns, especially regarding immunization […] Read more

MEDRIX and the Center for Preventative Medicine in TT Hue Province provide community health training workshops for teachers and parents. These workshops have been ongoing for several years, and strive to share basic community health standards and techniques such as drowning or choking hazards, epidemic prevention or safe water usage. The goal of these workshops […] Read more

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Last week we shared the story of Hung, who was approved for heart surgery sponsorship. He also got a new name: his given name represented conflict and hatred. MEDIX Executive Director LaRelle Catherman suggested a new name for him to go with his new lease on life: it was decided to call him Hung, which means […] Read more

Here is a report “from the field” by our Safe Water Director Robert Catherman, who is currently in Vietnam with the MEDRIX team and participated first-hand in heart patient interviews. Please read his account below, and thank you to our supporters for changing lives in Vietnam in ways that MEDRIX never even imagined. Today was […] Read more


Why a World Water Day? World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. […] Read more