The vast majority of families in Long An and Tien Giang provinces in Southern Vietnam live at or below the poverty line in poorly built and unsafe homes. To make matters worse, the region is one of the most disaster-prone in the region.
These provinces sit within the Mekong Delta, and are at risk from seasonal floods, mudslides and typhoons, causing loss of life and injury, damaging essential infrastructure and destroying livelihoods.
Natural disasters have a significant ongoing impact on the community as they interrupt everyday life. When disasters strike, schools close and livelihoods are destroyed. Families must invest time and money to rebuild damaged or destroyed homes, depleting their meagre savings.
As part of our Nine Dragons project in Tien Giang and Long An provinces, we are working with poor families to build or repair homes to better withstand natural disasters.
Families that partner with Habitat for Humanity receive training on how to prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural disasters, like flooding and storms.
The Nine Dragons project focuses on improving families’ access to clean water and hygienic toilets. Health and hygiene, as well as disaster preparedness training have far reaching effects because participants pass on their knowledge to others and build greater awareness in their communities.
Our project in central Vietnam’s Quang Nam province, also focuses on disaster risk reduction and improving water and sanitation-related household health.
Facilitating community based training on risk management and construction technologies helps to build stronger, safer communities and saves more lives when natural disasters occur.