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Local governments, volunteer organizations, universities and research institutions are cooperating to improve the poor housing conditions of neighbors in need.
Kim Sun-ho has more from Busan.
This is a shack in Seo-gu, Busan.
The house is leaking, and the ceiling is collapsed, so one quick glance shows that it is in very poor condition.
Jeong, who lives here, is a beneficiary of the national basic livelihood program and has never been able to fix the house.
Then, one day, college students came to reinforce the collapsing walls and install sashes.
Yellowing wallpapers are changed with new ones, and the floor is also repaired.
In one week, the collapsed roof was fixed and the shack was transformed into a new house.
<Choi Han-sol / University Volunteer> “The living conditions here were extremely bad, making me wonder how one would ever live here. So at first I felt helpless and worried, but after having worked together with others, I felt pride in seeing the results.”
Seo-gu has been receiving positive feedback about its project to fix the houses of neighbors living in poor conditions in cooperation with village offices, volunteer groups and supporter associations.
Universities and the Korea Research Institute of Eco-Environmental Architecture are adding on by providing eco-friendly building materials.
Electric wires, with risks of short circuits and of fires, were all changed as well.
<Heo Jong-min / Department of Creative City at Seo-gu Office, Busan> “So far, we are planning to do this about twice a month, and we have helped three houses. Our goal is to fix up 10 houses this year.”
This model of social welfare, where talent donations and volunteer work are used to enhance the living conditions of residents, is quite noteworthy.
Kim Sun-ho reporting for Yonhap News.
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