For many years, water arrived at HouiPhord village (a remote Akha village of Phongsaly province) from a spring located at nearly two kilometers from the village through old pipes the villagers had salvaged from a previous failed water project. Water was delivered at a central location where all people used it for drinking, cooking bathing and washing clothes. Women and children worked hard to bring water from that central location to their homes. Water was very cloudy during the rainy season and limited in the dry season because there was no concrete catchment with settling tanks at the spring location and no concrete tank to store the water. Help did not reach them for a long time as organizations were unaware of their remote existence and dismal living conditions.
In February 2015, Lao Foundation installed a sustainable gravity-fed water system with easy access to all in the village.