PHAM VAN BON
Tan Trung Commune, Go Cong Town, Tien Giang Province
57-year-old Bon lived in a degraded house for many years alongside his wife, Lien, and their two children, 26-year-old Quang and 4-year-old Tam, Go Cong Town, Tien Giang Province, Vietnam.
Earning a small monthly income of VND 6 million (about US$ 250), the family struggled to meet their daily needs and improve living conditions. Their house was made of leaves, mixed wood boards and degraded iron frame. The roof had frequent leaks, and was made of fibro cement sheet containing asbestos, which is unsafe and harmful for health. During heavy rains or storms the house got flooded and the family was constantly afraid that their home would collapse during the cyclone season. Despite the challenging living conditions and difficulties, Bon and Lien tried very hard to send their children to school.
Their hopes for a better future were clearly reflected in their wide smiles when they received the good news that they had been selected to partner with Habitat for Humanity and TTI for the construction of a brand-new house. The idea of living in a sturdy home with a foundation, pillars, brick walls, cement floor and a tiled roof, along with a hygienic latrine, was exactly the stepping stone they needed for a healthier and more stable life.
Bon was eager to show how happy they were when moving to the new house: “my family and I are so happy to have a new house. It is beautiful, clean, safe and comfortable. Thank you for helping us have a decent home for our whole family to live in. We will not suffer from the hot and rainy weather as before – the floor is bright, spacious and flat, so my little baby has a safer environment to play every day.” Their home has one bedroom and one living room, which can comfortably accommodate the four-member family, in addition to a new toilet.
The family thought having a simple, safe and decent home was only a dream. But thanks to Habitat for Humanity and Techtronic Industries, their dream of a new house, a new chapter and a brighter future came true. Lien shared her hopes for the future: “I pray every day that my children are healthy, that my little child can go to school like his friends and hope that I and my husband are healthy too, in order to work to earn money for the whole family.”
Mr. Pham Van Bon’s house construction is part of the project “Safer and cleaner communities for a healthier life” implemented by Habitat for Humanity Vietnam under sponsorship of Techtronic Industries (TTI).
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