The impacts of climate change on our world are becoming increasingly visible. Ranging from biodiversity loss, rising seas to more frequent extreme weather, they are devastating the natural world we cherish and threatening our very livelihoods. In support of efforts to raise global awareness of environmental issues, World Environment Day is celebrated annually on June 5 to help attract public attention and stimulate action towards environmental preservation.

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On April 8, 2014, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam (HFH Vietnam) in partnership with Siam Cement Group (SCG) officially handed over a new home to Mr Nguyen Van Thuong and his family in seasonal floods-affected Cai Be district, Tien Giang province. Initiative partners Tien Giang Union of Friendship Organization (TUFO), Cai Be District Fatherland Front, District People’s Committee and Commune People’s Committee also attended the festivities.

 

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Tran Van Nhan, 55, and his family live in Dong Minh commune, Tien Hai district, in a Northern province with some of the highest rates of poverty throughout Vietnam: Thai Binh. As a seasonal farmer and contract mason,both unstable occupations, Nhan has managed to earn enough income for basic necessities such as food, electricity and water and sometimes medication. Thus, saving for housing repairs has not been a priority in spite of having to live in inadequate housing.

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Ms Phan Thi Sim and her family welcomed the delegation from Habitat for Humanity Vietnam (HFH Vietnam) to their new home with pride still radiating  from their eyes.We were fortunate to meet all the members of the family including Sim’s children and grandchildren. Everyone had travelled to, and gathered in, the home to celebrate the death anniversary of her husband, who passed away 5 years ago, according to Vietnamese tradition whereby the passing of loved ones is honored with ancestral worship and food prepared and shared together.

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Truong Viet Quang, 1973 works as a seasonal farmer and contract mason. His wife, Le Thi Hoa, 1973 also works as a farmer. She suffers from a health problem. They have 3 children,

- (Son) Dong, grade 11

- (Daughter) Hoa, grade 7

- (Daughter) Phuong, grade 5

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Homeowner Story

 

Typhoon Ketsana caused damage to many houses in Quang Nam province in 2009, including the family of Ms. Thi Thi Hoa (66). By partnering with Habitat for Humanity Vietnam (HFH Vietnam), Ms Hoa has helped build a new and safer house for herself and family members. All are looking forward to this new and brighter chapter of their life.

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