SC Johnson Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Provide Access to Housing, Clean Water and Sanitation across Asia Pacific Countries
RACINE, Wis., January 28, 2021 – In response to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on underserved communities, SC Johnson is teaming with Habitat for Humanity to provide access to housing and proper water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities for hundreds of families across Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
“This partnership is an opportunity for us to create pathways to greater economic and social mobility for underserved communities where we operate through Habitat for Humanity’s vast network and expertise,” said Alan VanderMolen, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at SC Johnson. “Clean drinking water and having a healthy place to call home are essential needs for every family, and we are honored to be able to support Habitat for Humanity’s efforts.”
SC Johnson will be contributing $498,000 to the following Habitat for Humanity projects:
- Thailand: Building two-row houses with proper WASH facilities for 20 underserved families including approximately 100 people who have no land ownership in the Suphan Buri province.
- Indonesia: Building homes with proper WASH facilities for 15 underserved families to improve their quality of life and overall health.
- Philippines: Building 25 disaster-resilient homes and 10 home improvement projects for a total of 175 underserved individuals in the Cebu and Laguna provinces.
- Vietnam: Providing WASH facilities and education for 5,660 underserved children, teachers, parents and community members, as well as home renovations for 10 families in the Dong Thap province.
- Singapore: Mobilizing volunteers to improve the safety and sanitization for 52 low-income households.
- Hong Kong: Mobilizing volunteers including SC Johnson employees to revitalize three underserved schools impacting 1,500 students.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened existing housing challenges in the Asia Pacific region, where one-half of the world’s poorest live and ‘staying at home’ is not a privilege that many have,” explained Luis Noda, Vice-President of Habitat for Humanity Asia and the Pacific. “Having a decent home is often the first line of defense for families to stay safe and healthy. By working with SC Johnson in these five countries, we can help more families build safer and healthier homes, paving the way to a more resilient future.”
The support of SC Johnson will enable vulnerable populations, especially the elderly, people with disabilities, women and children, to gain access to proper housing and WASH infrastructure so that families have a safe place to call home.
About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort and has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In the Asia Pacific region since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported millions of people to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org/asiapacific