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Korean volunteers build houses for the poor in Thai Nguyen
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Korean volunteers build houses for the poor in Thai Nguyen

South Korean volunteers from Seoul Guarantee Insurance are building a house for a poor family in Thai Nguyen - PHOTO: COURTESY OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY VIETNAM

Forty-one South Korean volunteers from Seoul Guarantee Insurance (SGI) have joined forces with Habitat for Humanity Vietnam national director Kelly Koch, SGI VIPs, director of KOCHAM Hanoi Young Chul Kim, and government officials on the occasion of a dedication ceremony to open new houses for four poor families in Khoi Ky Commune, Dai Tu District, Thai Nguyen Province.

With SGI funding, Habitat Vietnam’s community project supports families to have a decent place to live. In total, this project directly supports 10 families with four new houses, two renovated houses, and four household water and sanitation facilities, while about 250 primary school children will benefit from one latrine for better hygiene practice and one water-sanitation-hygiene campaign for raising awareness on these issues.

“For Koreans, the meaning of house is special. A house is not just a place for meals and sleep, but a place of hope, good memories and security,” said Se Joon Huh, SGI managing director.

At the ceremony, construction on one house was completed and handed over to a family while three other houses are still under construction for completion in May.

During her speech, Kelly Koch, national director of Habitat for Humanity Vietnam, shared deep gratitude toward the SGI team: “Your commitment and dedication to work alongside the families is helping to build up this beautiful community. I believe that each of you will be returning home with such special memories of these days together just as your homeowner families will also cherish their memories with you.”

This year, SGI and Habitat Vietnam have partnered to implement the community development project from January 2018 to June 2018. For the second year in a row, the partnership between SGI and Habitat Vietnam aims to help low-income households improve their degraded and substandard housing conditions.

Currently, Habitat Vietnam is present in Hoa Binh, Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Thai Binh provinces in the north, Quang Nam and Ha Tinh provinces in the central region, and Dong Thap, Long An, Tien Giang provinces in the south. It has also launched disaster response projects in Phu Tho, Dong Thap and Quang Nam provinces.

As of December 2017, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam has supported more than 14,000 low-income families to access housing support services. In addition, it has trained more than 110,000 individuals in financial education, disaster preparedness and hygiene practices.

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