- The GE Foundation donated $73,000 in aid to Habitat for Humanity Vietnam in support of a post-disaster recovery program
- Two primary schools in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, are being renovated and rebuilt
- Nearly 900 children and teachers in both schools will benefit from this funding
Quang Ngai, Vietnam – August 13, 2021 – Habitat for Humanity Vietnam and the GE Foundation, an independent charitable organization funded by GE, have announced a collaboration to support a post-disaster recovery program in Quang Ngai province. Binh Thanh 2 and Binh Nguyen primary schools in Binh Son district, one of the worst victims of the historic floods and landslides in 2020, will benefit from this funding with renovated and rebuilt facilities.
GE Foundation donated $73,000 in aid to the program. Over the past four months, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam and GE Foundation renovated 10 existing classrooms, installed better electricity system, and built up new and accessible latrines for school children. The funding will provide better learning facilities for nearly 900 children and teachers in both schools. Binh Son Department of Education and Training and the school management board members also participated to implement these activities.
“We believe good-quality school infrastructure is a crucial factor for students’ academic performance. Additionally, making schools conducive and ready to serve future needs of community evacuation will help with community preparedness. Habitat Vietnam is thankful to the GE Foundation for its financial support in the disaster recovery effort in central Vietnam,” said Bells Regino-Borja, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Vietnam.
“At GE, we draw on our people, technology, and local partners to reduce suffering and hasten recovery caused by natural disasters. Thanks to support from Habitat for Humanity Vietnam, we hope the renovation will help students get back to the classroom quickly and make these schools more resilient well into the future,” said David Barash, Executive Director, GE Foundation.
After the 2020 flooding and landslides, Quang Ngai province was one of the worst-affected provinces with over 140,000 damaged houses, 450 unroofed schools, nearly 1,000 hectares of submerged crops, which cost a loss of over VND 4 billion. After one year, many schools in Quang Ngai still suffer from poor classroom conditions and sanitation.
About Habitat for Humanity Vietnam
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. Operating as a branch of Habitat for Humanity in Vietnam for 20 years, we have worked with over 13,800 people to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat Vietnam has been delivering a holistic approach to housing by supporting and empowering communities to take ownership in improving their living conditions and enabling them to build strength, stability, and self-reliance. To learn more, please visit https://habitatvietnam.org or follow https://www.facebook.com/HFHVietnam/.
About GE Foundation
The GE Foundation, an independent charitable organization funded by GE, is committed to transforming our communities and shaping the diverse workforce of tomorrow by leveraging the power of GE. Through Next Engineers, we are committed to increasing the diversity of young people in engineering. We are inspiring others to act by connecting GE people with communities through our Matching Gifts Program and Disaster Relief. The GE STAR awards provide financial support to children of eligible children of GE employees for their achievements. In Vietnam, GE Foundation focuses on equipping communities, especially students with the technology and capacity to improve access to better education and health. Learn more at www.ge.com/foundation and follow us on Twitter at @GE_Foundation.
GE was one of the first American companies established in Vietnam in 1993, with the mission of building for the future – finding solutions to tough problems, investing in people and programs that help improve infrastructure and lives. GE Vietnam offers a wide range of products and services in Oil & Gas, Power, Renewable Energy, Energy Connections, Healthcare and Aviation sectors. For more information, please visit https://www.ge.com/apac/our-company/vietnam or follow GE Vietnam on Facebook.