Habitat for Humanity

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT 2019

Project Name: Sponsorship of 1 house and volunteer engagement

Location: Tien Giang Province

Project Beneficiaries: 1 low-income household, 15 volunteers (students & teachers)

Project summary: House sponsorship and staff engagement through volunteer build activities: 2 days of February 28 and March 1

PROJECT OVERVIEW

With funding from The American School (TAS), Habitat for Humanity Vietnam has supported a low-income family to build new home with water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in order to increase their shelter and socioeconomic security. 15 students and teachers from TAS engaged as volunteers to contribute to building a new house over the course of two days.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

It is always our students and teachers’ honor to join forces with Habitat for Humanity Vietnam to provide decent housing to people with substandard living conditions and give back to the community. TAS students and teachers really appreciated the experience they had with such a meaningful and important charity cause. With their support, another Habitat house was being built to become the new home for people with substandard living conditions.

Here are what our teacher and students shared about this trip:

“The build is a fun project and I enjoyed visiting the community and joining the build as I like getting outside, engaging in physical work, and the best thing of joining the build is that I could give back to the community.” – Ms. Tatum Kashap.

“I want to say it by just one word: “spectacular”! It was something that I have never tried or done before in my life. Now I knew how houses are built and I experienced myself mixing cement with sand as well as laying bricks, which are really interesting.” – Shannon, grade 10.

“I was fairly tired because construction is not an easy task, but I think you can find something else rewarding like being helpful through this program, through building a house because you know you can help other people.” – Seoyeon (grade 12).

TAS STUDENT BUILD – FINAL REPORT

Project Date: May 2018

Project Name: Sponsorship of – 1 house and volunteer engagement

Reporting Period: Feb 2018 – May 2018

Location: Binh Hoa Village, My Hoi Commune, Cao Lanh District, Dong Thap Province

Project Beneficiaries: 1 low-income household, 17 volunteers (students & teachers)

Project summary: House sponsorship and staff engagement through volunteer build activities: 3 days of March 26, 27 & 28

PROJECT OVERVIEW

With funding from The American School (TAS), Habitat Vietnam has supported a low-income family to build new home with water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to increase their shelter and socioeconomic security. 17 students and teachers from TAS engaged as volunteers to contribute to build a new house.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Selected a household for sponsorship
  • Provided grant to the home-owner to build a decent home with adequate water, sanitation and hygiene facilities
  • Finalized housing design in consultation with the home-owner
  • Submitted build application to local authority for approval
  • Provided the home-owner with training in volunteer hosting
  • Prepared construction for volunteer build
  • Communicated with TAS for logistics preparation
  • Successfully hosted 17 students and teachers to build a house on 26-28 March in Dong Thap Province, Southern Vietnam. The volunteers donated 42 hours to build alongside the family
  • Home dedication organized with the participation of the home-owner, Habitat-Vietnam’s representative and local government partners

Annex I: Volunteer Build

Within our mission to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live, it has been an honor and privilege for Habitat for Humanity Vietnam to partner with youth and local schools, particularly during the Habitat Young Leaders Build campaign from December 2017-April 2018.

The American School has recently partnered with Habitat Vietnam to support underprivileged Vietnamese families in need of safe shelter. In March 2018, a team of 17 TAS students and teachers travelled to My Hoi Commune, Cao Lanh District to build a new house for a low-income family. With the generous donation and volunteer contribution from TAS, a vulnerable family obtained not just decent, an affordable home but also improved health, greater life opportunities and a far brighter future.

The new house contains one bedroom, one guestroom and a kitchen, a concrete foundation and frame, new roofing and a new toilet.

Marko– a student of TAS – said that he thought this event was just a fun experience, but he felt rewarding and said it was time to get close to the family and their life.

Flora Ho– a student of TAS – said that the little boy in this family wants to be a policeman in future, so I hope he can focus on his studies to come true his dream through this house and do what he wants.

The young volunteers experienced firsthand the impact they had made in the life of family in need of a simple, decent and affordable home. Habitat for Humanity Vietnam alone cannot end poverty housing. It will take the efforts of business, governments, volunteers and other nonprofits. With generous support from schools like TAS, we can improve lives and communities at home and around the globe.

Annex II: Family Story

Family of Mr. Le Hung Dung

Address: Binh Hoa Village, My Hoi Commune, Cao Lanh District

Mr. Dung and his family with the old house before

Dung family has 6 members: he and his wife and 4 children. Their monthly income is roughly 100 USD, barely enough for him to provide for his family and the children. His old house was sub-standard and about to collapse. The wooden frames were badly decayed, the floor was made of soil & old brick, and the wall and roof were rusted iron sheets. Their new home is a massive improvement from their old one as it contains safe rooms for the girls and the wife for lady’s privacy, as well as access to clean water and sanitation.

A completed new house with brighter future for Dung and his family

A completed new house with brighter future for Dung and his family

The family in front of the new house, at hand-over day

Annex III: Photo of TAS Students

TAS students were working to build the house foundation

TAS students were working to build the house wall

The story of the family also has been told through a very touching video clip “Definition of Happiness” made by TAS students. You can click on the link as below to access this wonderful story and experience.

TAS Habitat for humanity build 2016