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RoK volunteers build houses for 50 poor families in Hoa Binh

April 03, 2019 | 13:32

Last week, 50 volunteers from Seoul Guarantee Insurance (SGI) in the Republic of Korea (RoK) joined a teambuilding housing construction project of Habitat for Humanity Vietnam (Habitat Vietnam) in Cuoi Ha commune, Kim Boi district, Hoa Binh province.

RoK volunteers build houses for 50 poor families in Hoa Binh

Volunteers pose for a photo with the local people. Source: Habitat Vietnam

For 3 days from March 25-27, the volunteers built homes alongside homeowners and conclude the event with a dedication ceremony to open the houses in the presence of SGI CEO Sang-Teak Kim, and Habitat for Humanity Vietnam (Habitat Vietnam) National Director Bells Regino-Borja.

This build, as part of the project, will focus on completing 4 houses with the participation of RoK’s SGI volunteers and homeowners. The families, who receive the funding, are all living in substandard conditions where their shelters threaten their safety and security every day.

In total, this project will support directly 50 families with 8 new houses, 22 renovated houses, 20 WATSAN (water and sanitation) facilities. One secondary school with 450 teachers and children also will benefit from WATSAN facilities for better hygiene practice and one WASH (Water-Sanitation-Hygiene) campaign for raising awareness on these issues.

Ke, 34, one of the project homeowners, shared: “The roof and wall of our stilt house are very weak and vulnerable, so when it rains it enters the house and water leaks from the roof. One day, the hail came and fell heavily, so it pierced the flimsy roof and consequentially, left a big hole adding to our expense for fixing. Fortunately, no one was injured because we were outside at that time”. For Ke and his family, home depicts stability as his family can relieve from security threats and start improving household income.

“Our partnership with different supporters like Seoul Guarantee Insurance deepens Habitat Vietnam’s purpose of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. We are grateful to SGI for their support and for sharing with us the value of building sustainable communities through the provision of safe, affordable, quality housing as a catalyst for improved health, income generation, safety, and overall wellbeing,” National Director of Habitat Vietnam Bells Regino-Borja said.

Accordingly, over the years since 2017, SGI and Habitat Vietnam have partnered to implement the community development project. For the third year in a row, the partnership between SGI and Habitat Vietnam continues to help low-income households improve their degraded and substandard housing conditions to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Speaking at the closing event, SGI Chief Executive Officer Sang-Teak Kim, shared: It is a pleasure to participate in this home building project for two consecutive years. We have a deep sense of attachment to Vietnam because we became the first foreign non-life insurer to operate a branch there. We will continue our volunteer activities for co-prosperity with the Vietnamese”.

Habitat Vietnam