|Number of people below the poverty line|
|% of the population|
|Number of households|
|Average income of people below the poverty line|
330,000 VND (US$15 or 13.5EUR)
The high level of poverty has a negative influence on the health and education in these communes. Households do not have access to running water and only 36.9% of families have toilet facilities. Water is contaminated and the sanitation standard is very poor. An initial survey indicated that 90% of the population was infected by helminths (parasitic worms) but following an eradication and education program implemented by Thien Chi and the district Health Department, the rate of infection has now significantly reduced to 16%. Other successful initiatives have resulted in a major reduction in the number of malaria and dengue fever cases.
Approx. 25% of children give up their rights to a higher education even though their parents are very enthusiastic for them to continue. Families often cannot afford the school resources, or the children are required to work to help supplement the monthly income.
Thien Chi has been working in Đức Linh for many years and has established excellent working partnerships with the local People's Committee, Women's Union, Health and Education authorities. As a result, programs implemented by Thien Chi here are well regarded and officially recognized by local communities and relevant authorities.