Kien Giang, Vietnam
Check out this cool build to the Southern area of Vietnam. Kien Giang is on the Meknng Delta with about 200 km of coastline and 105 islands surrounding this beautiful area. There is a big need for housing help, as the goverment has determined about 25 percent of housing stock is substandard or temporary. Vietnam is also considered one of the most diaster prone countries in the world. Please join me for this fantastic build you will be glad you did!
Vietnam (“Viet Nam” in Vietnamese), officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, bordering China, Laos and Cambodia. It is a country of divine contrasts. The scene changes from the bustling and chaotic streets of Hanoi in the north, down 3,450 kilometers of coastline to the tranquil rice paddies and tropical islands in the south.
The country has experienced significant economic growth in the past two decades as the country shifted to a market style economy. A driving force for the future is Vietnam’s strongly motivated and educated population – the country boasts a 90 percent literacy rate. But while Vietnam has the second-fastest growing economy in Asia, it is still one of the poorest countries in the region. A 2004 census estimated 19.5 percent of Vietnamese lived below the national poverty line. Substandard housing in Vietnam ranges from overcrowded urban units to shacks constructed from scraps or natural materials that need frequent replacing.
About Habitat for Humanity Vietnam
Habitat’s work in Vietnam is undertaken through the Habitat for Humanity Vietnam national office that was established in October 2002. Currently, Habitat has projects in the southern provinces of Kien Giang, Tien Giang, Dong Nai as well as Ho Chi Minh City.
Kien Giang province is located in southwest Vietnam. It is bordered on the northeast by Dong Thap, by Can Tho and Bac Lieu on the southeast, by Ca Mau on the south, by 200 kilometers of Gulf of Thailand coastline on the west, and by 54 kilometers of border with Cambodia on the northwest. It also lays claim to 105 islands.
In March 2005, Habitat Vietnam started a pilot project to reduce poverty levels in four districts of Kien Giang. This initiative, with the help of the provincial authorities, extended existing microfinance networks so families could save and access credit for home improvements. The approach proved a speedy way to help hundreds of families.
In partnership with the Kien Giang Union of Friendship (KUFO) and Catalyst Foundation, HFH Vietnam is working to reposition a garbage dumpsite community in Rach Gia, Kien Giang Province. Ninety-two houses are to be built to incorporate house ownership and employing environmentally safe water and sanitation systems, vocational training, scholarships for basic education and life skills/health awareness programs.
Subsequently this project aims to reduce exploitation and minimize the risk of human trafficking particularly disposed to women and children. To learn more about HFH Vietnam, visit www.habitatvietnam.org.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers may work on existing home renovations and complete home construction. Volunteers may help with some, but not necessarily all, of these activities: transporting materials, filling foundations with dirt stone and sand, compacting floor, mixing mortar, laying bricks, cleaning and painting windows and doors.
Standard itinerary (subject to change)
Day 1 (Friday, November 8) Depart the United States.
Day 2 (Saturday, November 9) Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, November 10): Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City; free time; dinner; overnight in hotel.
Day 4 (Monday, November 11): Flight to Kien Giang; orientation with local staff member; visit project sites and families; welcome dinner.
Days 5-8 ( Tuesday, November 12-Friday, November 15): Work days: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner and time for team activities.
Days 9-10 (Saturday, November 16-Sunday, November 17): Free days: activities in local community.
Days 11-14 (Monday, November 18- Thursday, November 21): Work days: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner at house; time for team activities.
Thusday-farewell lunch with families.
Day 15 (Friday, November 22): Travel to Ho Chi Minh City; free time for local activities; dinner.
Day 16 (Saturday, November 23): Departure day.
Note: Special events throughout the week; cultural experiences with affiliate staff, such as market tours, museum visits, church, historical sites etc.
Teams typically stay in local hotel with AC, and participants sharing double-occupancy rooms with a private bath.
Breakfast at hotel. Lunch on-site prepared by local restaurants that are near the work sites. Dinners are eaten at area restaurants. Vegetarian is available on request but is not available in great variety; usually vegetables and tofu.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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