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Mid Year Appeal 2019

When dengue fever took the life of her son, it seemed that things could not possibly become more difficult for Yên.  But a horrific accident changed everything, leaving her with a significant head injury and without a safe place to call home.

After the accident, Yên was hospitalised for some time before returning home. She had been living with her mother and brother in rural Vietnam, along with her two remaining children. Despite her own challenges, she also cared for a young boy whose parents couldn’t afford to look after him.

The ongoing rehabilitation and medical attention, including an expensive operation to her injured hand, had become a huge financial burden to her and her family.

It soon became apparent that her mother’s house would not be a safe place to stay. Yet, without help, Yên would have had no choice but to continue living there.

Something as simple as a toilet, clean water and a stable shelter can help restore dignity and change lives, particularly for people living with a disability.

That’s what happened to Yên.

With the help of generous supporters like you, she is now living in her sister’s vacant house in the village with a new roof and a repaired floor. The newly installed toilet inside her home does not only provide convenience, but also dignity and safety to her.

The lack of decent sanitation remains a major challenge in many remote and poor communities worldwide. Only one third of the rural population in Vietnam has access to toilets. For people living with a disability like Yên, life without a toilet of their own can be particularly difficult.

When there is no toilet, people are forced to defecate in the open. This puts their health at risk as their drinking water and food can be contaminated by harmful bacteria in faeces. It is also a matter of personal safety and dignity, particularly for women and girls, who can become the target of attacks and harassment.

Globally, 2.3 billion people do not have access to decent toilets. Having sanitation within reach is not only a necessity. It’s also a human right for every person. It is even more important for people with a disability.

Together we can make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities. Your Gift can help people like Yên restore their dignity and keep them safe.  

With the generosity of supporters like you, Yên has found a new outlook on life and hope for a better future, as well as a safe place to call home.

I am very happy. When I got this house, I cried for three days and three nights. My son is also very happy,” she said.

Now, as she sits inside her new home, her hair is pulled to one side and evidence of her head injury remains – but things have changed significantly in her life.

This only made possible with the help like yours. Please give a gift today to help change lives of people like Yên.

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