Dow and Habitat for Humanity China launch 2011 Shanghai Age-friendly Housing Project Partnership
14th May, 2011
25 low-income elderly families in Shanghai to benefit from improved safety and living conditions
SHANGHAI, May 14, 2011 – The Dow Chemical Company has joined with Habitat for Humanity China to bring safe, decent housing to families in need in China. During a ‘Spring Community Build’ volunteer event held today, the two partners announced Dow’s exclusive corporate partnership of the Shanghai Age-friendly Housing Project.
The sponsorship, which will run through to September 2011, aims to renovate 25 homes for elderly residents in the Yangpu, Zhabei, and Huangpu districts of Shanghai.
As the exclusive sponsor, Dow Chemical is providing monetary support to fund the project, as well as encouraging its employees to volunteer their knowledge and time to assist in the renovation effort. More than 50 Dow employees participated in today’s Spring Community Build. Another Community Build will be held in the summer.
“Dow is not only committed to contributing to human progress through science and innovation, but also to being a partner for change through collaboration with government and non-government organizations and communities,” said Peter Sykes, President of Dow Greater China. “This project, in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity China, and its partners Shanghai Senior Citizens Foundation and the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, is further evidence of our efforts to support community success and benefit local residents.”
Kester Yim, Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity China, added, “We are honored to team up with Dow Chemical – our valued global partner – and its volunteers to address the needs of the growing number of senior citizens in Shanghai. Over the many years of our partnership, we have shared a strong commitment to providing valuable support to the community – in this case, to help create safe and comfortable housing for senior citizens in need.”
Shanghai has become the first “aging city” in China. By the end of 2010, there were more than 3.31 million residents in Shanghai above 60 years of age, many living in houses not designed for the special needs of senior citizens. Habitat’s Shanghai Age-Friendly Housing Project will provide renovations and address urgent safety priorities, such as fire and accident prevention while ensuring barrier-free access for residents.
Dow Chemical and Habitat for Humanity International have been global community partners since the early 1980s, and have built and renovated homes for thousands of families in communities around the globe. In China, the Dow-Habitat collaboration has helped rehabilitate houses for many victims of natural disasters. In 2007, Dow donated money to build homes for 39 families in Shaoguan, Guangdong, who were heavily affected by tropical storm Bilis. In November 2009, a team of 40 Dow employees joined Habitat for Humanity China in Qionglai, Sichuan, to build homes and provide affordable housing for local residents.
About Habitat for Humanity China
Habitat for Humanity China began its operation in 2000 and now has offices in Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Sichuan, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Habitat for Humanity China has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 1,700 homes. It has assisted more than 7,100 people to meet their shelter needs, including families from minority communities and families affected by disability or disasters. The Shanghai Project Office was established in 2010 with the mission of addressing affordable housing needs in eastern China, and supporting poverty housing alleviation efforts in the southwest parts of the country. For more information about HFH China and its life-changing programs, please visit www.habitatchina.org
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