Building products maker Boral is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to bolster communities in southeast Asia against extreme weather.
Boral will give $100,000 a year to the Habitat for Humanity charity to build homes in Vietnam and Indonesia that can better withstand cyclones, floods and landslides.
The project, expected to take more than two years, includes the construction or upgrade of 47 homes, plus water infrastructure, in Vietnam’s coastal Quang Nam province.
It will also build or repair shelters in slums in the Indonesian city of Jogyakarta.
The project is about more than providing improved shelter, Boral chief executive officer Mike Kane said.
“It reduces disease, increases the chance of education and provides the foundation for a much healthier and more productive life,” he said.
Boral’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, a not-for-profit provider of housing for the poor, began in 2013 when it gave $25,000 to rebuild homes in a typhoon ravaged city in the Philippines.