Although Vietnam has reached lower Middle Income Country status, more than 33 million people still live on less than $2 per day. Around one in every ten Vietnamese lives in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 a day. Most of these poor people have missed the economic opportunities of recent years. Many are poorly educated, rely on agriculture and live in remote locations with few services. They include ethnic minorities at disproportionate levels.
From December 28th 2015 to January 14th 2016 a group of thirty nine young men made their way to Vietnam where they spent time in two villages: The Than My Village and K’long. Their work included: the building of three separate toilet blocks and three houses as well as the building of foundations. The volunteers worked hard but found it an enlivening experience.