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SGI supports poor families in Hoa Binh

Released at: 14:11, 01/04/2019

SGI supports poor families in Hoa Binh

Photo: Habitat Vietnam

Fifty volunteers contribute to house building campaign in northern province.

by Khanh Chi

Fifty volunteers from South Korea’s Seoul Guarantee Insurance (SGI) in South Korea joined a team building housing construction project of Habitat for Humanity Vietnam (Habitat Vietnam) in northern Hoa Binh province between March 25 and 27.

Over the course of three days, volunteers built homes alongside homeowners and concluded the event with a dedication ceremony to open the houses in the presence of key government officials, SGI’s CEO Mr. Sang-Teak Kim, and Habitat Vietnam’s National Director Ms. Bells Regino-Borja.

People are still living in poverty with monthly incomes below the national poverty line of $30 per month and make ends meet through agriculture and other types of hired work. SGI committed to supporting Habitat Vietnam’s community project in Hoa Binh to help more families have a decent place to live. This build, as part of the project, focused on completing four houses with the participation of SGI volunteers and homeowners. Families who received funding are all living in sub-standard conditions where their shelters threaten their safety and security every day.

In addition to securing families with decent houses, the wider community will also have improved facilities. In total, this project will support 50 families directly with eight new houses, 22 renovated houses, and 20 WATSAN (water and sanitation) facilities. Cuoi Ha Secondary School, with 450 teachers and children, will also benefit from WATSAN facilities for better hygiene practice and a WASH (Water-Sanitation-Hygiene) campaign for raising awareness on these issues.

“Our partnership with different supporters like SGI deepens Habitat Vietnam’s purpose of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelters,” said Ms. Regino-Borja. “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 well-being.”

SGI and Habitat Vietnam have partnered since 2017 to implement the community development project. For the third year in a row, the partnership continues to help low-income households improve their degraded and sub-standard housing conditions to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat for Humanity International is driven by a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

“It is a pleasure to participate in this home building project for two consecutive years,” said Mr. Sang. “We have a deep sense of attachment to Vietnam because we became the first foreign non-life insurer to operate a branch here. We will continue our volunteer activities for co-prosperity with the Vietnamese.”

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