Jimmy Carter praised over
homes for poor
|President Nguyen Minh
Triet receives former US president Jimmy Carter. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen
HA NOI — President Nguyen Minh Triet yesterday praised former
United States president Jimmy Carter and his wife for participation in a project
to build houses for the poor in Viet Nam.
At a meeting with Carter, Triet said Viet Nam created favourable
conditions for international organisations to carry out humanitarian activities
in the country.
Triet said the participation of former US presidents in such
activities had an important meaning, citing former president Bill Clinton’s
efforts to help the country with unexploded bomb and mine clearance.
Triet said he hoped Carter and the Barrak Obama’s administration
would support poor people and launch new approaches to world issues so the world
could develop in peace.
Carter said building houses for the poor was a way to show
friendship and co-operation between the people of the US and Viet Nam.
Earlier in the day, Carter and wife, Rosalynn, attended a
ceremony to launch a project to build 32 houses for poor families in Dong Xa
Village, Binh Giang District in Hai Duong Province.
Speaking at the ceremony, Carter said he was pleased to be able
to take part in the project run by NGO Habitat Humanities International.
Carter said he and his wife had participated in activities by
the organisation for 26 years, spending a week each year participating directly
at construction sites.
The project had built or restored nearly 300,000 homes across
the world, bringing safe, simple and cheap housing to nearly 1.5 million people.
The organisation expected to build 50,000 houses for poor people
in Mekong River areas.
It has been co-ordinating with Vietnamese partners to support
the building of houses and public works on clean water and environmental
Habitat for Humanity Viet Nam has launched projects in Hai
Duong, Vinh Phuc, Kien Giang, Tien Giang and Dong Nai provinces, as well as in
HCM City, and is expected to expand their operations to other localities. — VNS