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Jimmy Carter praised over homes for poor

Update: November, 18/2009 - 00:00

Jimmy Carter praised over homes for poor

(19-11-2009)

President Nguyen Minh Triet receives former US president Jimmy Carter. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

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 hygiene.

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

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