The hand-over ceremony of 104 new steel-frame houses presented to low-income families in Tan Hoa commune, Tan Thanh district, southern Ba Ria – Vung Tau province. (Photo: Habitat for Humanity Vietnam)

Ba Ria - Vung Tau (VNA)
– More than 100 new steel-frame houses were presented to low-income families in Tan Hoa commune, Tan Thanh district, southern Ba Ria – Vung Tau province on June 13 as part of the project “Vietnam POSCO Steel Village”.

Construction on the new homes began in November 2014 in Phuoc Long and Phuoc Hiep hamlets, Tan Hoa commune for underprivileged local families.

The steel producer POSCO Vietnam, a member of the POSCO Group from the Republic of Korea (RoK), provided funding to build the houses while non-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity Vietnam oversaw the construction and provided advice on building techniques and clean water systems.

Employees of POSCO Group donated one percent of their monthly salary to the funding while about 1,500 volunteers from the RoK went to Vietnam to support the construction.

Habitat for Humanity Vietnam will also help the families through community development projects.

The project has total investment of about 11 billion VND (480,700 USD). Each new house, covering 53.6 sqm, was constructed at a cost of 95-150 million VND.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Trinh spoke highly of POSCO Vietnam’s contribution to the local social welfare efforts. The project has given local residents living under difficulties decent homes and encouraged them to earn a living for a better life, he said.

POSCO Vietnam previously built 42 charitable houses in Tan Thanh district where the company is located.-VNA