Recovery and resilience in Vietnam

24th April 2012

After serious flooding in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta in September 2011, 1,450 people now have the knowledge and resources to repair their homes and build resilience before the next disaster, through Habitat for Humanity.Recovery and resilience in Vietnam

The floods in September 2011 affected the lives of some 80,686 households, putting more than 200,000 children at risk and destroying up to 1,600 homes.

Families were desperate to return to their homes after the flooding, so that children could go back to school and adults could resume their livelihoods.

Six months on from the disaster, Habitat for Humanity has helped 290 families, or approximately 1,450 people, return to and repair their homes through the distribution of emergency cleaning kits and emergency shelter kits.

In addition to this, the households received training from construction supervisors on how to build resiliency to future disasters.

Manjeet Panesar, Programme Officer at Habitat for Humanity said,

“These households now have the knowledge to protect and repair their homes, therefore reducing their own vulnerability to future disasters. A project like this has positive impacts on whole communities as people share these new skills with their neighbours and family members who also live in disaster prone areas. It’s really important to build disaster resilience into people’s homes so that their homes continue to provide protection and security.”

This project, funded by the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, was completed on 30th March and focussed on the Dong Thap region of Vietnam where the flood damage was the most severe. Habitat for Humanity in Vietnam continues to help families with long-term repairs and resilience building.