[Job Vacancy – Thai Nguyen Province] Field Construction Supervisor

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
FIELD CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR
WORKING FROM MAY 2021 – MARCH 2022

This job announcement will be open until we find suitable candidates

Habitat for Humanity International founded in United States in 1976. Habitat now works in 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries and has helped 6.8 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.

HFH Vietnam has been working in Vietnam since 2001. As of December 2018, HFH Vietnam has enabled more than 15,000 low-income Vietnamese families to improve their living conditions through decent homes, clean water and safe sanitation and post-disaster reconstruction and repairs. In addition, HFH Vietnam has provided training in disaster preparedness, financial education, hygiene practices, and construction skills, among others, to more than 132,000 individuals.

For more details, please visit us: http://www.habitat.org/ https://habitatvietnam.org/

Our vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope

Should you have an interest in this position, kindly send your resume (including your personal information, qualifications and experience) to application@habitatvietnam.org

Should you have any further concerns, please feel free to contact us at +84 (28) 35265005 – ext 106

Note: We pay high attention to the safeguarding of stakeholders We recruit people based on their suitability compared to job requirements and candidates’ commitment to share Habitat’s values. Employment opportunities are fair for all candidates regardless of gender, age, origin, race, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental impairments.

All potential candidates are welcomed. However, your application form will be screened and only suitable candidates will be contacted.

RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCEMENT (Vietnamese)

Job Details
Organisation Name:
Habitat
Location:
Thai Nguyen
Application Deadline:
Fri, 2021-04-30

UN youth envoy to open volunteer conference supporting Habitat for Humanity’s COVID-19 response

Habitat Young Leaders Build celebrates 10 years and 17 million supporters

HO CHI MINH CITY (April 23, 2021) – The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy for Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, will deliver the opening remarks during the “Youth from Home for Homes” virtual conference, the peak of the 2021 Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build campaign. Over a hundred youth from the Asia-Pacific region have registered for the event, which also marks a decade of youth volunteerism for the cause of safe, affordable housing.

“Young people are the backbone of society, and our only hope in creating a better world and a better future for all. But youth cannot do it alone. It is pivotal that young people be included as full-fledged partners in all decision and policy-making that affects their lives and futures, including SDG 11, target 1 on access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services,” said Wickramanayake.

Joining the UN youth envoy for the conference on April 24 are young leaders who will present highlights from their community-based projects in support of Habitat’s work during the pandemic. These include raising funds to build core houses in Sri Lanka and advocating for affordable housing among local government officials in the Philippines.

Almost seventy volunteers from ten countries have started to implement multi-month projects under the Young Leaders Build campaign. The volunteers comprise of university students, young professionals and youth with vocations.

“Young volunteers in Vietnam continue to step up to show leadership on COVID-19 response. From combatting the lack of knowledge towards COVID-19 prevention to ensuring undisrupted learning for the most vulnerable children during lockdowns – their work have been creating positive change. This year, we are pleased to facilitate Habitat Young Leaders Build as a platform to connect youth volunteers and empower them to drive the whole process – from identifying local needs to propose and deliver practical solutions. As young people transition into adulthood, platforms like these will help them engage, improve skills, and prepare for a meaningful future. This also manifests Habitat Vietnam’s attempt to uphold youth volunteerism in our efforts to address housing poverty,” said Bells Borja, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Vietnam.

Other volunteer-led projects include providing cash and in-kind assistance for families in need to repair or build safe, healthy homes and the construction of community facilities such as handwash stations, solar lighting and urban gardens. Volunteers also plan to train other youth and their families on ways to protect their household from the coronavirus, promote mental health, and facilitate learning from home.

Since 2012, more than 17 million Habitat Young Leaders Build supporters have raised almost US$9 million to help more than 33,000 families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. While the 2021 campaign peaks in April, the momentum will continue as youth groups and volunteers will continue their projects until 2022.

About Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build

Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build brings together youth from across the Asia Pacific region to support people and families in need of decent housing. Every young person volunteering, fundraising, raising awareness and adding their voices in support of affordable housing can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. The movement encourages youth to take the lead and motivate their peers to create societal changes by building homes and communities, on a Habitat build site and/or online through their social networks.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In the Asia-Pacific region since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported millions of people to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org/ap.

SC Johnson Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Provide Access to Housing, Clean Water and Sanitation across Asia Pacific Countries

RACINE, Wis., January 28, 2021 – In response to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on underserved communities, SC Johnson is teaming with Habitat for Humanity to provide access to housing and proper water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities for hundreds of families across Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

“This partnership is an opportunity for us to create pathways to greater economic and social mobility for underserved communities where we operate through Habitat for Humanity’s vast network and expertise,” said Alan VanderMolen, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at SC Johnson. “Clean drinking water and having a healthy place to call home are essential needs for every family, and we are honored to be able to support Habitat for Humanity’s efforts.”

SC Johnson will be contributing $498,000 to the following Habitat for Humanity projects:

  • Thailand: Building two-row houses with proper WASH facilities for 20 underserved families including approximately 100 people who have no land ownership in the Suphan Buri province.
  • Indonesia: Building homes with proper WASH facilities for 15 underserved families to improve their quality of life and overall health.
  • Philippines: Building 25 disaster-resilient homes and 10 home improvement projects for a total of 175 underserved individuals in the Cebu and Laguna provinces.
  • Vietnam: Providing WASH facilities and education for 5,660 underserved children, teachers, parents and community members, as well as home renovations for 10 families in the Dong Thap province.
  • Singapore: Mobilizing volunteers to improve the safety and sanitization for 52 low-income households.
  • Hong Kong: Mobilizing volunteers including SC Johnson employees to revitalize three underserved schools impacting 1,500 students.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened existing housing challenges in the Asia Pacific region, where one-half of the world’s poorest live and ‘staying at home’ is not a privilege that many have,” explained Luis Noda, Vice-President of Habitat for Humanity Asia and the Pacific. “Having a decent home is often the first line of defense for families to stay safe and healthy. By working with SC Johnson in these five countries, we can help more families build safer and healthier homes, paving the way to a more resilient future.”

The support of SC Johnson will enable vulnerable populations, especially the elderly, people with disabilities, women and children, to gain access to proper housing and WASH infrastructure so that families have a safe place to call home.

About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF! ®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 135-year-old company employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort and has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In the Asia Pacific region since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported millions of people to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org/asiapacific

[Job Vacancy – HCMC] Communications Officer

Job Announcement of Communications Officer

Our announcement will be closed by February 26th, 2021

Habitat for Humanity International founded in United States in 1976. Habitat now works in 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries and has helped 6.8 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.

Habitat Vietnam has been working in Vietnam since 2001. As of 2019, Habitat Vietnam has enabled more than 16,700 low-income Vietnamese families to improve their living conditions through decent homes, clean water and safe sanitation and post-disaster reconstruction and repairs. In addition, Habitat Vietnam has provided training in disaster preparedness, financial education, hygiene practices, and construction skills, among others, to more than 158,800 individuals.  

Our vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Candidates who are interested in Habitat’s Vision & Mission and qualified for the job are welcome to send us your comprehensive English CV & Cover Letter in English highlighting your interest and capabilities to application@habitatvietnam.org. Please also mention in the CV/Cover Letter the contact details (including telephone number and email) of 3 referees including the most recent direct supervisors.

According to strict regulations on work permit for foreigners, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam gives equal employment opportunities to qualified Vietnamese candidates. 

Habitat for Humanity International is committed to safeguarding. Successful candidate has to go through background screening before commencement with us.

We welcome all candidates to apply. We are sorry that we will screen and contact shortlisted candidates only.

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Position: Communications Officer
Report to: Resource Development and Communication Manager
Work Location: Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam (with some travels required to project areas)
Supervise: Nil
JOB SUMMARY

The Communications Officer is responsible for developing communication tools for internal and external communication system to raise Habitat Vietnam’s brand and mission

Core function:

1.    Contribute to the development and implementation of the Habitat Vietnam’s 3 years resource development and communications strategies

2.    Responsible for facilitating/coordinating communication campaigns to mobilize support from local organization/institution/corporate/schools

3.    Deliver high quality communication materials to various audience ensuring deepened relationships with donors and partners, including enhanced and effective media outreach

4.    Ensure that established procedures and guidelines are well maintained and followed

5.    Collaborate in the implementation of Habitat Young Leaders Build campaign of Habitat Vietnam

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

1. INTERNAL COMMUNICATION:

  • Be responsible for supporting relevant departments in conducting internal communication activities such as annual staff conference, family day, staff meeting, communication training for staff, etc
  • Be responsible for reviewing, updating and sharing internal communication guideline such as Branding guideline, Photo video ethics guideline etc
  • Supporting relevant department such as Volunteer program and Finance department in inventory of the stock.

2. EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION:

  • Identifying prospect and opportunities to mobilized support for Habitat Vietnam
  • Develop contacts and cultivate relationships among current and prospective donors
  • Manage the online fundraising initiatives (GiveAsia)
  • Manage campaigns and special events together with Volunteer Program (Habitat Young Leaders Build, World Habitat Day, etc)
  • Coordinate and work closely with schools in Vietnam to establish Habitat Club
  • Support the coordination of the Schools Programs and outreach
  • Write success stories from home-owner and upload it to website
  • Provide general support, as needed, for donors/partners visit that will strongly engage prospect donors/partners
  • Develop and maintain a variety of creative external communications materials and lead the management distribution
    • Banner, flyers, briefs, program profiles, country profiles
    • Press release for media
    • Video and photomotions
    • E-newsletter
    • Website and social media
    • Annual report
    • Special campaign materials
  • In charge of merchandising/collaterals design and production process
  • Procure samples and finished products for RD&C merchandising and PR activities
  • Monitoring branding application including logo usage
  • Responsible for managing Habitat Vietnam’s website and social network page (Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram & Twitter)
  • Monitor and translate as needed VN language media coverage
  • Be responsible for providing translation for key event such as Opening ceremony, House dedication or internal workshop within HFHV
  • Compiling, filing, and monitoring photo/video materials
  • Supporting and participate in external networking and communication events
  • Supporting RD&C Manager to search and update local and international potential donors
  • Coordinate regularly with Asia Pacific Communication team for upcoming campaign and events
  • Be responsible for social relationship activities such as developing Christmas and New Year card, gift preparation
  • Responsible for other duties as assigned by Senior Manager RD&C and National Director HFHV
CRITICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Qualifications: Bachelor Degree of Marketing, Communication, English Literature,  and/or related field
  • Experience: Minimum 2 years of experience in the Communication, Fund-raising, Sales and Marketing, Business Development, either profit and non-profit industry
  • Required Skills:
    • Fluency in spoken and written English. Native skills in Vietnamese
    • Good public speaking skills and presentation skills in Vietnamese and English languages
    • Self-motivated, result-driven, possesses a positive and proactive outlook, flexible and able to work independently and without close supervision and when under pressure
    • Excellent computer skills, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Graphics design (InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, etc); photography expertise a plus
    • Knowledge in Movie Makers and web programs is a plus
    • Proven experience using social media tools (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) to energize donor audiences, and mobilizing increased presence and following
    • Highly creative with excellent people skills with an upbeat and enthusiastic attitude
    • Flexible crisis management
    • Fully client- and service-oriented
    • Alignment with Habitat for Humanity Vision, Mission Statement
  • Required abilities:
    • Ability to take initiative, at times work independently, be pro-active and meet deadlines
    • Ability to multi-task with conflicting priorities in multicultural environments
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication
    • Demonstrate and practice respect to others; honesty and integrity
    • Committed to continued learning and self-development
  • Working Conditions: Frequently required to travel domestically or internationally
AT HABITAT WE COMMIT TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH FOLLOWING VALUES:

  1. Competitive salary and benefits comparing with other iNGOs in Vietnam 
  2. Open, collaborative and supportive working environment
  3. Experiencing meaning of community development through Habitat’s projects
Location: Ho Chi Minh
Application Deadline:  Fri, 2021-02-26

[Habitat Young Leaders Build] Volunteer Conference: Youth for Homes from Homes

Habitat for Humanity is calling on passionate volunteers like you to respond to the dual health and housing crises in the Asia-Pacific region amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

We invite you to the very first Habitat Young Leaders Build (HYLB) Volunteer Conference: Youth for Homes from Homes,  where you can connect and collaborate with other passionate young leaders dedicated to raising awareness and mobilizing others to act for decent, affordable housing.

The event aims to provide insights into the youth of Asia-Pacific and Habitat’s work in region. It will provide a venue for you and fellow young leaders to brainstorm possible action plans to contribute to Habitat’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in your country.

Through a 3-part series taken from February to April, you will:
✅ Learn about Habitat for Humanity’s regional work in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and ways that young leaders might contribute;
✅ Gather with fellow young leaders from 16 countries and 1 SAR in Asia-Pacific region, and learn about their sentiments towards the cause of housing, and their patterns of volunteering; and
✅ Propose solutions and draft action plans that will contribute to Habitat national office’s work in response to the pandemic during the 2021 Habitat Young Leaders Build campaign and beyond.
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*Applicants must be over 18 years of age.

The conference is on Friday, February 5, at 11:30 a.m.to 1:45 p.m. (Philippine Time).
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Habitat Young Leaders Build (HYLB) is a largest youth movement of Habitat for Humanity across Asia-Pacific region, which brings together youth to volunteer, fundraise, advocate and raise awareness, supporting people and families in need of decent housing. Since 2012, over 17 million Habitat Young Leaders Build supporters have raised close to US$9 million in funds to help build houses and supported more than 33,300 families to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

Housing Support for Informal Worker’s Family Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

The family of Minh and Dam smiles happily in front of their Habitat house.

Ho Chi Minh City, 2021 – Despite being globally appraised for successful Covid-19 containment measures, Vietnam still faces devastating economic and social challenges caused by the pandemic. Particularly, the economic disruption precipitated by national social distancing campaign has imposed sweeping impacts on the informal sector, include women, migrant and unskilled laborer. Ticking all the boxes aforementioned, the family of Truong Van Minh, 42, and his wife Pham Thi Dam, 32, is among those hit hardest.

Minh and Dam come from an impoverished household in Thạnh Lợi commune, an arid rural area in Mekong Delta, Southern Vietnam. Without proper education and good health, they are trapped in poverty as the family struggle to make ends meet. Determined to break this deadlock, they moved to Ho Chi Minh city four years ago, leaving behind their small children Ngoc, then 10, and Danh, 4. Minh luckily secured a security guard job for a local bank, while his wife worked as domestic maid for a foreigner. The couple rented a small shanty room, not too far from where they work, and saving most of their income to send home. Their $300 remittance monthly has kept the kids at school and provide them 3 square meals per day.

“We only get to meet our children several times a year. This year, I thought we would just come home a few days to celebrate Tet with them. When we were about to leave, the pandemic outbroke severely in Ho Chi Minh city. I lost my job as my employer returned to his country, and it is difficult to find another one against the pandemic background. My husband and I discussed carefully and we decided to move back home to live with our children.” – shares Dam.

The young couple does not have the labor skill for factory jobs, nor enough saving to setup a home-based business. Thereby, they resort to casual, temporary jobs such as porter and selling lottery ticket. Overcoming casual fatigue triggered by congenital heart diseases, Dam pedals around the village all day on her bike, with a bundle of lottery tickets tucked in her pocket. She treads the streets and tries to sell her tickets quickly before rushing home to cook for her children. On a good day, she makes around VND 150,000, enough to keep the family of four survive just above the breadline.

When we visited them in July, they were living in a patchy shack

The situation got worse in March, as Vietnam went into 15-day nationwide social distancing to curb Covid-19. “I stayed home and stopped selling lottery for one and a half month. We were so scared, so even after the ban was lifted, I dared not fare far from home. It was a very hard time,” shares Dam. Since the door to earning a living closed, Minh and Dam struggle to tend for their families. They grapple with even basic charges such as food or electricity, and being dragged deeper into poverty. Ngoc, the couple’s daughter, recalls: “My mom did not say anything to us, but I saw her crying at nights. There was nothing to eat at home sometimes.” Dam’s health deteriorated quickly over these months as they could no longer afford her VND 1-million medical treatment bill each month.

The family hit the rock bottom in May when their weathered house got collapsed after a heavy rain. They were forced to live in a small shack next to their old house. The shack was very small and made of asbestos sheets patched together, dripping every time it rains. They did not have a latrine so they had to use one in an abandoned school building nearby. By all means, this shack where they lived could hardly be called homes. For Minh and Dam’s family, whose decent meals would include plain rice and salt, an adequate home is just a far-flung dream.

Dam reminds her son, Danh, to wear a facemask when talking with guests.

In July, 2020, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam visited the family for the first time. After several rounds of assessment, the family was named a Habitat home-partner. At first, they refused to participate as they could not afford the counterpart fund. Regardless, Habitat Vietnam’s officers and local authorities insisted in supporting the family and nudge them toward reaching their dream. Six months later, the family finally moved into the first, decent house.

“I cried when I set the first step into this beautiful house, but those were happy tears. It was just like a dream. I thought to myself, my wife children will be sleeping in a safe house now. I am forever grateful for that,” shares Minh.

Being asked what she loves most about her new house, Ngoc timidly grins: “I love it that now our family could stay together under the same roof. When mom and dad were away working, my brother and I missed them so much each day. I love my new house and I always help mom take care of it after school.” Ngoc and Danh are bright students. Ngoc even won golden medal at her school’s Mini-Olympic. The new house will keep them stay healthy and focused on the education that will unlock doors in their future.

Danh looks when his mother, Dam, cooks for the family in their new kitchen.

 

Dam guides Danh to wash his hands under safe, running water.

Housing has always been a matter of life and death. Having a home is central for shelter against rain, storm, cold or heat. It is also the first line of defense against extreme events and crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Habitat for Humanity Vietnam will continue our efforts to facilitate programs that contribute to the realisation of the right to housing for everyone.

Habitat Vietnam joins forces to tackle inequalities for PWDs through “Accessible Design Competition”

Improving accessibilities for Persons with Disabilities integrated in Habitat Vietnam’s strategic plan

A recent statistics based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) framework, known as the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), shows that persons with disability (PWDs) accounted for 15.3 percent of Vietnam’s population -that’s an estimation of 13 million people. The vast majority – 75% – of persons with disabilities live in rural areas. 16.4 percent of the population with disability lives in poverty (.85 million people).

They are some of the most vulnerable members of society, facing significant challenges and barriers in their daily lives. There are many programs and projects have been designed towards the goal for disability inclusion, but having an affordable and accessible house which can enable independent living for PWDs remains to have significant gap that either government sectors or organization of PWDs or for PWDs have not been able to address; this is with the primary consideration of the housing intervention being capital intensive. Many PWDs have been discharged after a good rehabilitation process in the rehabilitation centers, but they are unable to easily adapted and be more productive at home due to inaccessible and inadequate housing. Some PWDs realize the needs of improving their house but they are challenged by finding renovators familiar with accessible design issues.

This gap is well recognized. That is why Habitat Vietnam has been working to provide housing solutions for PWDs, including pilot projects that focuses on renovating or modifying houses for people with mobility disability. Through this project, Habitat Vietnam also intends to demonstrate that a less significant housing improvement fund can improve the quality of life of PWDs and help make them more productive members of their households and of the society.

Habitat Vietnam joins forces to tackle inequalities for PWDs at the workplace

To further our efforts that take the edge off long-lasting challenges encountered by PWDs, both in their daily activities, community engagement and in social mobility, we have collaborated with RMIT University in Vietnam to bring about “Accessibility Design Competition 2020“. Through the work of 60 students and 20 industry partners, we seek innovative, inclusive design and ideas to enable people with physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities to access, function and excel in the working environment. 

We believe initiates like this will help change the ongoing public perception about people with disabilities, acknowledging their capabilities and potentials as well as giving them a fair chance to succeed in the workplace.

On Thursday 5 November, we officially commenced the Accessibility Design Competition 2020. The Opening Ceremony welcomed prestigious partners, mentors and judges of the Competition, along with nearly 100 RMIT students. We hope the inspiring speeches and sharing from these guests have been a source of motivation for the youths, to become a part of this meaningful movement in support of people with disabilities.
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Home Means Education Opportunities for Children in Mekong Delta

Education is the route out of poverty for many children. It gives them a chance to gain the knowledge and skills needed to improve their lives. Children miss out on school because their families need them to earn money. But by sacrificing their education, they become trapped in a cycle of poverty. In many communities we work in, children are at least three times more likely to be out of school. Habitat Vietnam believes that a safe and decent home can reduce economic pressures on families, allowing children time to attend school rather than being forced into work at a young age.

Dung, 56, his wife Kinh, 50, and two sons Toan, 24, and Tien, 22, used to live in a dilapidated house for as long as they remember. The family was amongst the poorest households in Dong Thap province, Vietnam. They had to squeeze into a small one-room house, and sharing a old, smelly, unhygienic toilet.

Dung recalls their challenging living conditions: “The simple house consisted of wooden boards, iron sheets in the roof and walls and a brick floor. It was decaying quickly, and was not a safe place to live, especially during the storm season”.

Dung and his wife Kinh in front of their dilapidated house

The family primarily depends on a humble income of Ms. Kinh – Dung’s wife, from raising fish and pigs. However, she just had surgery for ovarian cancer, adding further stress to their already difficult financial situation. Dung earned less than $120 a month as an informal temporary worker.

Their dream of a bright future for their children seemed almost impossible.

Ms Kinh hand-peeling lotus seeds for some extra income

In 2018, everything changed.

Through the support of Habitat Vietnam, Dung, Kinh and their sons built their new dream home alongside a team of volunteers. Immediately, their thoughts turned to the education that was now within reach for their sons and would end the cycle of poverty they had been destined for.

This now meant the small income they earned needn’t be spent on essential and urgent house repairs. It would be enough to pay school fees and buy education materials such as books and pencils. Even the long-term investment of a university education and a brighter future.

Just a year after moving into their Habitat home, Dung’s dream of a stable and prosperous life for his family has gradually been fulfilled. Tien has completed his Diploma in Automobile Engineering and is now serving an apprenticeship in an established car garage in Ho Chi Minh City. Then late last year, Toan graduated college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography.

“It was a good thing that we were able to move to a new, safe shelters. With no worries on housing, we now focus on livelihood, job opportunities and daily care of the family” Dung said joyfully.

Tien and Toan are the first generation in their family to graduate from college. The potential that a new home can unlock for families and future generations is truly an amazing and powerful thing.

We believe that with a decent home, parents no longer need to worry about spending money on constant repairs, paying expensive rent or be burdened with the threat of forcible eviction. Instead, they can focus on giving their children an education and a world of new possibilities. A safe home means a clean, dry and well-lit place for children to do their homework, and less illness so fewer school days are missed and they are provided a clear path to a brighter future.

Tien on his graduation day in 2019.

 

Children video for Toan and Tien’s inspiring journey: