Ladies and Gentlemen,
Started with Nha Chong Lu Program, which was launched online at the end of November 2013, the Foundation for Supporting and Development of Sustainable Living Community Sống Foundation) was established and has been operating in 10 provinces and cities across Vietnam in the nearly 7 years. Sống Foundation has 3 Development Programs including: 1) Sustainable Community – “Nha Chong Lu” Program, 2) Sustainable Environment – “Hạnh Phúc Xanh” Program and 3) Sustainable Humans – Internal program on training, events, festivals, research to equip knowledge and skills with sustainable life and promote creative activities for the community.
By the end of 2019, our organization has built 702 houses to help nearly 4,000 people from being affected by disasters. We also have been developing 3 happy villages, building 48 toilets, contributing 124 clean water tanks and planting 6,870 urban trees as well as 10,000 mangrove trees. From the “safe” story, Sống Foundation has boosted its activities towards “sustainability” with three main goals: (1) Support poor people living in areas affected by natural disasters and climate change in having a sustainable life; (2) Rehabilitate and afforest in essential areas such as watershed areas or along rivers and coastal areas; and (3) Raise awareness and enhance skills in sustainable living, preserve nature for the community, especially urban residents.
The year 2019 is an important pivotal year for the Sống Foundation which was marked by the event that the Foundation was officially licensed by the Ministry of Home Affairs to operate and raise funds in the fields that we registered. It is a greatly significant milestone for the Foundation’s development in both projects’ expansion and implementation in the Environment and Human Development Program, which requires the cooperation of the authorities whom the Foundation works with. In addition, as a legal entity, Sống Foundation could cooperate and receive funding from domestic & international organizations and enterprises in parallel with crowdfunding and annual fundraising events.
With our development orientation, 2020 is going to be a challenging year for the Foundation as well as projects towards our Sustainable Development goals. Therefore, in parallel with the completion of resilient housing models that have been proven to be effective and the releas of the Resilient Housing Handbook, we will focus on improving the qualification of our staff to ensure the ability to implement our programs. Sống Foundation, thus, is looking forward to all the support from the governments, organizations, enterprises, experts, and companions to help the communities for the aim of Sustainable Development.
I sincerely thank you for all your sharing, joining hands and support for Sống Foundation!
Pham Thi Huong Giang
Chairperson of The Board of Founders, Sống Foundation