UpWater is being implemented in three remote communities in Sangkhlaburi district of Kanchanaburi province in Thailand. Situated close to the Thailand-Myanmar border, the communities are home to underprivileged people, most of whom are displaced Mons and Karens, who constantly struggle with economic and health burdens.
Fung Na is a community of Karen-ethnic people, who typically earn their income as dayworkers at nearby rubber plantations. The people in the community rely on water from a small spring for bathing, drinking, and household use.
Settled on a piece of public land by a river in Ban Mai is a community of Mons. The people in this community use water from the river for household use and drinking. They earn their incomes by working in nearby rubber plantations and gathering and selling non-timber forest products.