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A man builds houses to help migrant workers

Update: April, 08/2020 - 10:39


A row of rooms of the Beloved Motel always open for migrant workers to stay for free in Đăk Hà District in the central highlands province of Kon Tum. — Photos

KON TUM — Trần Quang Duy always wanted to do something to help poor and migrant labourers in his hometown in the central highlands province of Kon Tum.

Duy used to be a migrant worker. He had moved to many places and done many jobs to earn a living. He had experienced hardships a migrant had to deal with.

When he returned to his hometown in Đăk Hà Town in Đăk Hà District and built a successful career there, Duy decided to give a helping hand for those who were like him.

In 2007, Duy spent more than VNĐ3 billion (US$128,980) to build a motel of 12 rooms. Each room was more than 36 square metres. 

He named the dormitory area Beloved Motel. The motel was open free of charge for migrant workers in disadvantaged circumstances.

“I want to help those on a tight budget to get a place to stay. After a day of hard work, they no longer have to worry about the burden of rent. Their children have a decent place to live and study,” Duy told Kon Tum online newspaper.

Duy said he knew how life could be to live in a downgraded, tiny and humid room. 

He was lucky as he had met many good people who helped him a lot and made his life much better these days. 

Now he built the motel for those in need as a way of spreading the act of kindness to the community.  

Many migrant workers have come to get help. 

Đặng Văn Lưu, a migrant worker from central Bình Định Province, stays at the motel for years. 

Đặng Văn Lưu, a migrant worker from central Bình Định Province, said he had an unstable income as a builder in Kon Tum Province. 

He was a single dad with two children. One of them suffered from epilepsy. 

Lưu said he was so lucky to meet Duy at a desperate moment. He was encouraged to use the land in front of the house to plant vegetables to get more money.

Nguyễn Thị Phương, another migrant worker, said she used to pay VNĐ800,000 (US$32) for rent every month. It was such a large amount of money for her.

“I was among the first to come and ask to stay here. I didn’t believe I could stay for free,” she said.

“I hope I can save a small amount, so I can build my own house in the future,” she said.

Duy said he planned to build more motels to support those in need as they could have a better life thanks to a little help. — VNS

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