- 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 11, 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.