Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Unicef "Well"

Viet Nam has made rapid progress over the past decades. But many parts of the country have been left behind. It is estimated that nearly 17 milion children in Viet Nam (52%)have no access to save water. And the the figures are much higher in ethnic minority and remote areas. Unicef has been working with the Vietnamese goverment to provide rural communities with greater access to safe water. It also supports the goverment in developing childfriendly water facilities for kindergartens and schools. These ongoing aid efforts are part of UNICEF's contribution to the Millennium Development Goal for water and sanitation: to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation. UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary funds. Because it relies on thecontributions of individuals, businesses and goverments, they decided to help by creating a fund raising device that will reach out the well-heeled residents and tourists in Viet Nam. At first glance it may look like a regular donation container. Except, there's water in it. Designed to look like a cross-section of a well, the water level rises whenever a coin is donated into the container. At the top of the well is a boy symbolizing the children who need help getting access to safe water. These collecting "wells" will be used to gather donations from visitors to UNICEF's offices across Viet Nam, as well as locations where well-off locals and tourists gather such as boutique shops, restaurants, clubs and bars.

Agency: TBWA\ Singapore.

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