July 15, 2011
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Hyundai Motor Company sponsored 60 South Korean students who this month worked on three different water and sanitation projects at two communities and a school in Addis Ababa for Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia.
During the 10-day build, Hyundai also presented HFH Ethiopia with a $40,000 donation to build more water and sanitation facilities for low-income families.
The Korean students traveled from Seoul, Korea, along with Hyundai employees, to work alongside low-income Habitat partner families in the Ethiopian capital. The volunteer group began building toilets and septic tank trenches on July 5.
Hyundai has been partnering with Habitat for Humanity since 2009 and has helped build homes for those in need in different parts of the world. This year alone, Hyundai has supported students through its Happy Move Camps program to build in Brazil and China.
“Hyundai Motor Company sees this as a first step to building a long relationship with Ethiopia and we hope to support more students to build with Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia through the Happy Move Camps in the future,” said Jaemin Shin, manager of Hyundai’s Corporate Responsibility Team.
HFH Ethiopia representatives welcomed the volunteer students and thanked Hyundai for its support of the students and for the company’s generous donation.
HFH Ethiopia, which began operating in Ethiopia in 1993 to help assist low-income families in obtaining decent and affordable housing, expanded its services in 2009 to include much-needed water and sanitation services (WatSan) in Addis Ababa. Some 80 percent of the city’s 2.74 million residents live in substandard housing, often with extremely poor sanitation.
Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, Hyundai Motor Company is the world’s fastest-growing automaker and the world’s fourth-largest automaker since 2009. The company employs about 75,000 persons around the world. Its vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 6,000 dealerships worldwide. In 2010, Hyundai sold more than 1.7 million vehicles across the world.