Nearly 40 years after the end of the last war fought in Vietnam, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam (HFH Vietnam) welcomed 31 Americans, including 16 war veterans to participate in Vietnam’s first-ever Veterans’ Build in Tien Giang province.
HFH Vietnam is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first-ever “Veterans’ Build” volunteer build in Vietnam which assisted three families in Tien Giang province to build homes, April 2 – 12, 2012.
These 31 dedicated United States citizens came from all walks of life, but shared one thing in common. All the participants were former war veterans or family members of war veterans. The team worked alongside Vietnamese families in Cho Gao district. Over the course of the 10-day build, the volunteers—alongside the Vietnamese families—built three full houses complete with water and sanitation facilities.
US veterans and volunteers mixing cement and gravel
“This has been the best build I have ever been a part of,” said 26-year Habitat employee, Mr Ken Bensen, who has led Habitat builds in countries around the world.
“This build not only provided homes to these deserving families,” said US Consulate Deputy Principal Officer, Mr Robert Ogburn, “but also strengthened ties between the United States and Vietnam. This is an event that everyone should feel proud to have been involved in.”
HFH Vietnam’s country director agreed. “This memorable build was a first for Habitat for Humanity Vietnam,” said Mr Robin Shell, “and a very special way to build hope in a community.”
Mr Robin Shell addressing the volunteers
The Veterans’ Build showcases why volunteering matters and highlights the work and contributions of volunteers to development at local, national and international levels. Habitat for Humanity transforms communities and uplifts families by building or repairing homes, and providing clean water and sanitation. HFH Vietnam salutes these American volunteers for building homes and building hope in our community.