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Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2009: Ke Sat village, Vietnam

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House leader Tom Chap (right) helped to build Than Dao Van’s family’s new Habitat house. On the last day of a week-long build, homeowners performed at a traditional tea ceremony to thank the volunteers for all their hard work during the 2009 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Habitat for Humanity/Ezra Millstein

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Daily summaries and highlights

Daily summaries from Vietnam | Highlights from Vietnam
Compilations of daily summaries and highlights from the Ke Sat village build site.


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A view of the week in Vietnam
A full week of hard work by volunteers and partner families required precision and enthusiasm. The results: joy, new, simple and decent homes and a parade.

Rendering and rooftops
On the second day of building in Dong Xa, Vietnam, skilled workers, volunteers and homeowners began finishing walls and installing roofing.

Overview

While Vietnam has the second fastest-growing economy in Asia, it is still one of the poorest countries in the region. Substandard housing in Vietnam ranges from overcrowded urban units to shacks constructed from scraps or natural materials that need frequent replacing.

Carter Work Project volunteers in Vietnam helped build 40 homes in the Ke Sat fishing community southeast of the capital city of Hanoi. The new homeowners relocated from slums or cramped fishing boats on the banks of the Thai Binh River. The families served will not only benefit from new homes, but will have access to sanitation and electricity.