As many as 105 disadvantaged households in eights wards and communes in central Da Nang city are to receive assistance to build storm-resistant shelters between 2014 and 2017, a local conference heard on October 11.

The programme, to be implemented by the Da Nang Women’s Union at a total cost of 3 billion VND (142,857 USD), is an expansion of the project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, an American philanthropic organisation.

Additionally, the Women’s Union will work together with the Institute for Socio-Economic Transition of America (ISET) in capacity-building activities related to climate change in communities in order to develop efficient adaptation and response measures.

At the conference, ISET coordinator in Vietnam, Ngo Thi Le Mai underlined the need to build such storm-proof houses in Da Nang, which is often hit by intense storms and frequent floods, to ensure safety for local residents and mitigate disaster damages.

The first phase of the project with total investment of more than 7 billion VND (333,300 USD) was implemented between 2011 and 2014, benefiting a total of 320 disadvantaged households in the city.

It has enabled each female representative of low-income households to access a loan of 20–30 million VND to construct a shelter using storm resistant techniques.

The coastal city is one of the first 33 cities to join the Rockefeller Foundation’s global “100 Resilient Cities Challenge” initiative.

The storm resistant shelter project is part of a range of activities launched in Da Nang by the charity.-     VNA