Help us make a difference

We are privileged to join forces with Habitat for Humanity again this year, as our leaders head to Vietnam to build disaster resilient homes for disadvantaged families.

We’ll be working together towards a common goal: to break the cycle of poverty for young families and their community.

In 2015 our Partners had an opportunity to make a tangible difference to a community in need; 135 leaders from Grant Thornton Australia travelled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to build homes for ten severely disadvantaged families. The experience itself was life-changing for many of our people.

It was a significant opportunity for our Partners to collaborate and bring to life our signature behaviours of being courageous, authentic and collaborative in order to achieve a common goal.

We are excited and privileged to be able to do this again this year working with Habitat for Humanity. This July, over 150 of our leaders will work together to build disaster resilient homes in Duy Xuyên, a district of Quang Nam Province in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam.

The province is regularly affected by natural disasters including typhoons, floods, whirlwinds, lightning and landslides. However, most of the houses have not been built to sustain the impact of  natural disasters, or are in poor condition, making them vulnerable to torrential rain or strong winds.

We will be making a difference on a large scale by breaking the cycle of poverty for young families and their community.

"I would highly recommend volunteering with Habitat. From a personal perspective it will stay with me forever. From a business perspective it brought 130 partners together to achieve a common goal and that relationship will last with me forever.”

Angela Spowart, Partner - Audit & Assurance

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Australia (HFHA) is a not-for-profit organisation that builds homes, communities and hope. Its vision is of a world where everyone has a safe and
decent place to live.

Its work extends beyond building and repairing houses – it also addresses land security, gives communities access to clean water and sanitation, provides education and training, and offers families in desperate need real hope for the future.

To ensure lasting, sustainable change and to break the cycle of poverty for good, HFHA also takes an approach that is holistic, community-based and focuses on empowering families.

HFHA works to alleviate global poverty by developing long term, sustainable solutions that provide a ‘hand up, not a hand out’. Its partner families help with the building process, by joining the volunteers and tradespeople to build their own home. We call this ‘sweat equity’. They also repay a low interest loan and
undertake financial literacy training.

Global Village (GV), our international volunteering program, offers an exciting opportunity for you to learn about another culture, travel to destinations that are off the tourist track and enhance the ongoing work of Habitat for Humanity. It also
gives an insight into certain areas of international community development. The Global Village Program is a vital part of Habitat for Humanity’s work.

Find out more on the Habitat for Humanity Australia website

About the country

Vietnam is a dynamic country that is developing at an astonishing pace.

In recent years Vietnam’s economic growth and reductions in poverty have impressed the international community, with the rate of poverty falling from 60 percent to around 20 percent in the last 20 years.

However, this decline in poverty has been disproportionate, with the need still great for vulnerable groups such as ethnic minorities, women, children and people living with disabilities. Vietnam is also highly vulnerable to natural disasters, with approximately 70% of the population at risk of typhoons, storms and flooding. Each year, between 1 and 1.2 million people are affected by natural disasters and require emergency assistance.

Natural disasters have a significant ongoing impact as they interrupt everyday life – children cannot go to school, parents cannot work, and often, time and money are needed to rebuild damaged or destroyed homes.

Duy Xuyên is a district of Quang Nam Province in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam, and particularly vulnerable to such environmental forces. The area is regularly affected by natural disasters including typhoons, floods, whirlwinds, lightning and landslides. However, most of the houses have not been built to sustain the impact of natural disasters or are in poor condition, making them vulnerable to torrential rain or strong winds.

That’s where, together with Habitat for Humanity, we are able to make a difference.

Support our leaders on their journey

In the lead up to the build in July, each of our leaders will be individually raising funds to go towards the materials and supplies for the homes we will be building.

To support our team, visit the Grant Thornton fundraising page.

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