Hadset is a small Akha village of Bountai district, Phongsaly province, Lao PDR. It is located in Bountai district at a distance of 24 km of dirt road from the district center. The access is difficult. For many years, the village of 71 families living in 51 houses did not have clean water access, no toilet, and not much hope for a better future. People washed themselves from a polluted stream that runs near the village.
Women and children worked hard to bring water from a small nearby spring to their homes. Water was limited in the dry season for lack of a concrete tank to store the water. The people practice open defecation, often near the water stream which create a major risk factor for spreading diarrhea and other water born diseases.
In June 2016, Lao Foundation installed a sustainable gravity-fed water system with easy access to water to all in the village.