HFH Vietnam serves low-income families who never dreamed home ownership would be possible. These homes are provided at no cost. Will you help make their dream come true?
In May, I'll be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Vietnam for the second time. Your support makes a HUGE difference in the lives of families.
Hoa Binh province is one of the poorest mountainous provinces in northwest Viet Nam. Eighty-five percent of the population is ethnic Muong, living mostly on agriculture and animal husbandry. They suffer from frequent landslides and severe cold weather, which causes deaths of animals and destroys crops.
The Hoa Binh People Committee's confirms the need for shelter and water & sanitation support. According to a survey conducted by the provincial Department of Labor, Invalid and Social Affairs in the province in December 2010, there were 27,419 temporary houses. They are little more than shelters constructed of iron sheets and straw or thatch for roofing, with bamboo or shoddy wood for walls. Many have no flooring inside, only hard-packed dirt. These homes deteriorate rapidly and require ongoing repairs that most households cannot afford. Most households do not have a hygienic latrine or access to clean water and typically use water from a mountain source for cooking and drinking. The unhygienic conditions contribute to poor health; reduced safety and security, particularly for women and children.
While poverty has fallen in Vietnam in recent years, many ethnic minorities and those living in rural areas remain poor. Urban poverty is also a challenge, as towns and cities swell with the influx of people drawn by economic opportunities.
Many homes in Vietnam were built informally and without adequate supporting infrastructure. About a quarter of the country’s housing stock is substandard or temporary.
Habitat for Humanity Vietnam, established in 2001, specializes in the implementation of sustainable, community-based shelter and water and sanitation solutions. It has experience in rehabilitating and repairing properties damaged by the severe weather that frequently strikes the country’s long coastline. Habitat also works with microfinance networks so families can save and access credit for home improvements, a speedy way to help thousands of families improve their sanitation and housing.
Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer program. Teams travel to over 40 countries to work alongside communities, build housing solutions, and experience local culture. Our goal is to change the lives of the people we serve, as well as the lives of the volunteers.
To join a team or learn more, visit www.habitat.org/gv.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
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