PLAINFIELD, NJ — As a part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Vietnam Big Build a team of eleven will be representing Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County in Phu Tho, Vietnam.  Through the Vietnam Big Build, hundreds of volunteers will join together to shine a spotlight on the problem of substandard housing and demonstrate what can be accomplished when families, communities, and nations come together in an effort to build a future where everyone lives in a decent home.

“We are delighted to be coordinating a volunteer team for the 2016 Vietnam Big Build not only as a way to further support the mission of Habitat for Humanity, but as a way to offer varied and unique opportunities to our local community to engage with Habitat’s work of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter,” commented Jeremy Montgomery, President & CEO of Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex. Montgomery added, “Many volunteers with Habitat for Humanity arrive for a global village trip ready to give. By the end of the build week, they leave with the wonderful blessings of having received much more.”

The team from Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County will travel to Vietnam to build twenty-five homes with 300 other international volunteers during the week of October 1st-8th. Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex’s Vietnam Big Build team includes Habitat staff Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, Allie Whitefleet, and Tom Wescoe along with eight other participants - Faye Brown, Cynthia Crane, Christa DiLalo, Mike DiLalo, Jennifer Gregory, Kathleen McGowan, Valerie Ramsberger, and Peter Sexton. These individuals will support Habitat for Humanity Vietnam in efforts to eliminate poverty housing in the region.

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During this one week Big Build the impact will be long lasting for a community of low income families in the Phu Tho Province, approximately 80 km from the capitol city of Hanoi. The people of Phu Tho are among the poorest in the country, and the province is prone to flooding every year during the monsoon season. The majority of these families will not be able to own a secure, decent house in their life-time.

Many families live in thatched houses with corrugated tin roofs and simply cannot afford to make constant and costly home repairs. Vietnam Big Build aims to build 25 houses in one week. International and national volunteers will work alongside Habitat Vietnam home partners to construct the houses. This building project will help transform lives and a community. The homes will be built with environmental-friendly materials and disaster-resilient construction technology, such as raised foundations, as a preventative measure against flooding.

Each year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County donates 10% of its proceeds toward global efforts with Habitat for Humanity.  In addition to sending a team of volunteers, this year’s donation was given to this project in Vietnam.