HANOI, 9th January 2014 ? Nissan Vietnam Co. Ltd. (NVL) sent a volunteer team of 21 staff to Tuy Loc Commune, Cam Khe District, Phu Tho Province, on a two-day trip to support Habitat for Humanity Vietnam in building two houses for the needy.

The trip is part of a joint project titled “Healthy Homes ? Strong Communities” for Nissan Vietnam and Habitat for Humanity Vietnam to help and support 45 low-income families living in Phu Tho Province where houses are often damaged by the frequent natural disasters in the area.
 
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Nissan Vietnam and Habitat for Humanity Vietnam are into their third year of partnership for the project with the current year of partnership commencing in July 2014 and lasting until April 2015. Funding for the project comes from Nissan Vietnam while Habitat for Humanity Vietnam provides construction advice and expertise to families wanting to build new houses, repair or renovate existing houses, or improve water and sanitation systems. Habitat for Humanity Vietnam will also support community development by providing training in financial literacy, water, sanitation and hygiene, disaster resilient construction skills and community-based disaster risk management.

Mr. Choo Hong Chow, Nissan Vietnam’s General Director said, “This is the third consecutive occasion that Nissan and Habitat are working together on this project, and as Nissan’s regional company in Vietnam, we are very pleased to be able to continuously contribute to the development of a stable and sustainable society here through this joint project with Habitat for Humanity. This meaningful project upholds the vision of Nissan Motor’s Blue Citizenship initiative ? enriching people’s lives.”

“Habitat for Humanity Vietnam views corporate social responsibility not only as an investment in the future of corporate businesses, but also in the societies in which we work. We are delighted that Nissan Vietnam supports our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live in. Their generous donation will give low-income families a chance to live in safe, decent and affordable homes,” said Kelly Koch, Country Director of Habitat for Humanity Vietnam.

Located in the disaster-prone area of Vietnam, Phu Tho Province has some of the highest rates of poverty in Vietnam, with the poorest households earning below US$2.50 per person per day, and 15% of the population living below the poverty line. With only meager earnings, many of these low-income families have little left to invest in the improvement or maintenance of the safety and sanitation of their homes. These issues are further exacerbated by limited access to clean water and sanitation in the area.

To make things worse, Phu Tho Province is highly susceptible to disasters such as severe storms, typhoons and floods. However, Phu Tho province is located within the Red River floodplain approximately 50 miles north of Hanoi. This floodplain is useful as it acts as a "safety valve" to mitigate floods and protect Hanoi from severe flooding. Thus, the project aims to address not only the urgent need of housing plus water and sanitation facilities in the province, but also to increase the resilience of the community as a whole.

Having lived in dilapidated shelters under an old and rotten roof for years, the families of Do Van Duc, 39 and Ta Xuan Thu, 34, were overjoyed with better housing through the support of Nissan volunteers. Likewise, the volunteers who had spent their two days moving construction materials, mixing mortar and laying bricks, were grateful for the opportunity to work alongside their local partners, learn about the challenges of their hard lives and contribute to the development of the Phu Tho community.

“More than four walls and a roof, adequate housing has a proven, positive impact on the individual. Experience has demonstrated the broader implications that good housing has on the well-being of individuals, the economy and a neighborhood’s ability to develop into a strong and vibrant community. Adequate shelter is a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.” ? Kelly Koch.

For further information or interview and photography requests, please contact:

Nissan Vietnam Co. Ltd.
Ms. Chu Thi Phuong Nhung
Tel: +84 (4) 7301 1333
Email: nhung.chu@nissan.com.vn
Habitat for Humanity Vietnam
Ms. Truong Thi Ngoc Anh
Tel: +84 8 3526 5005
Email: ngocanh.truong@habitatvietnam.org
About Habitat for Humanity Vietnam
Habitat for Humanity Vietnam is a branch office of Habitat for Humanity International and began operations in 2001 in Danang, in the central coastal region of the country. HFH Vietnam’s projects typically include a mixture of new houses and water and sanitation facilities, repairs/upgrades, assistance with obtaining secure tenure and technical support.
As of June 2014, HFH Vietnam had supported more than 13,300 low-income families. HFH Vietnam currently has projects in Hoa Binh and Thai Binh provinces in the north, Quang Nam province in the center, and Long An, Tien Giang and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces in the south of Vietnam.

For information, please visit habitatvietnam.org.
Nissan and Habitat for Humanity Partnership History
Nissan’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity International began in 2006 when Nissan North America supported Habitat’s humanitarian efforts in areas affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Since then, Nissan North America has donated a total of US$8 million (JPY 640 million). Three years ago, the partnership went global with the launch of projects in Australia.

On 27 September 2012, Nissan and Habitat announced a US$1 million global partnership to launch joint projects in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Nissan also collaborated with Habitat for Humanity Japan, a regional branch of Habitat for Humanity International, to support areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

 

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