15 Feb Walmart Donations Helps Hurricane Harvey Survivors in Rosharon, TX
Good360 and Walmart have long been partners in doing good. Walmart has always embraced its corporate citizenship role, delivering on its responsibility to its employees and its customers to help neighborhoods in need and, Walmart has a very strong commitment to sustainability efforts. Building supplies from Walmart have been especially helpful in disaster-impacted zones. Recently, a shipment of paint from the retail giant was a key commodity in the recovery of a small community in southeast Texas.
The “Little Cambodia” neighborhood of Rosharon, TX suffered massive destruction in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The small community is comprised mainly of immigrants from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, and relies heavily on farming as its economic mainstay. Residents have sustained their livelihoods for generations by growing traditional Asian vegetables in their backyard greenhouses, and then selling them at farmers’ markets throughout the region. Therefore, when their homes and fields were destroyed by Harvey, their livelihoods were destroyed as well. The language difference and the relative isolation of the neighborhood have served to lengthen the recovery process; many homeowners still have mold damage a year and a half after the hurricane.
Sewa International has been helping Little Cambodia rebuild. It has not been an easy road for the organization. A lack of attention to the small neighborhood has led to a dearth in donations and funding for rebuilding. However, Good360 has been Sewa’s constant partner through their projects.
Along with other rebuilding supplies, the paint donated from Walmart is helping accelerate Sewa’s work. For the many residents of Little Cambodia, some of whom have been living underneath their stilted homes in plywood shelters, each home completed is another step towards recovery. Good360 looks forward to continuing to help organizations like Sewa International rebuild, and our partnership with Walmart is absolutely vital to our ability to do that.