Habitat for Humanity Vietnam and GE Foundation, an independent charitable organisation funded by US industrial giant GE, have just announced a collaboration to support a post-disaster recovery programme in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Ngai.
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 to renovate and rebuild facilities.
Accordingly, GE Foundation donated $73,000 to the programme. Over the past four months, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam and GE Foundation renovated 10 classrooms, installed better electricity system, and built up new and accessible latrines for school children.
|Latrine facility belonging to Binh Thanh 2 primary school being renovated through the programme |
The funding will provide better learning facilities for nearly 900 children and teachers in the two schools. Binh Son Department of Education and Training and the school management board members also participated in implementing these activities.
|The funding will provide better learning facilities for nearly 900 children and teachers in Binh Thanh 2 and Binh Nguyen primary schools in Quang Nam province's Binh Son district. |
"We believe good school infrastructure is crucial for students’ academic performance,” said Bells Regino-Borja, national director of Habitat for Humanity Vietnam. “Additionally, making schools conducive and ready to serve future needs of the 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.”
“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.
|Binh Thanh 2 primary school is being renovated with funding from the programme |
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, totalling a loss of over VND4 billion ($173,910). A year after, many schools in Quang Ngai still suffer from poor classroom conditions and sanitation.