|Daewoo E&C CEO Baek Jung-wan, right, paints the gate of an old house in Gwangjin District, Seoul, June 16. Courtesy of Daewoo E&C|
By Kim Jae-heun
Daewoo Engineering & Construction has been working with Habitat for Humanity Korea to improve the residential environment for descendants of independence fighters, the company said on June 17.
The voluntary campaign organized by the non-profit organization aims to renovate the old homes of meritorious persons' children or grandchildren, many of whom live in poor housing conditions.
On June 16, Daewoo E&C CEO Baek Jung-wan and the company's new employees visited the house of Hong Seol-ji, an independence fighter's descendant, and replaced old windows and floorboards.
Hong's late grandfather Hong Ga-reuk was a member of the Korean Heroic Corps, a Korean independence organization based in China. He was arrested and jailed by Japanese colonial forces in Onyang, South Chungcheong Province, in May 1934. In 2009, he was posthumously awarded the Order of Merit for National Foundation.
The construction firm also donated 200 million won ($154,178) to Habitat for Humanity Korea.
Daewoo E&C has been repairing decrepit residences of people living in poverty since 2001.
In 2018, the company expanded its community service to collaborate with Habitat for Humanity Korea to help descendants of independence fighters and Vietnamese residents living in Korea.
"We will continue working with Habitat for Humanity Korea to improve the residential environment of independence activists' descendants. We hope they enjoy a comfortable life in a new cozy home," a Daewoo E&C official said.
Established in 1995, Habitat for Humanity Korea is an international non-governmental organization approved by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. It aims to support low-income earners by building new homes and fixing old homes for those in need.