Habitat for Humanity Vietnam
Habitat's work in Vietnam
Vietnam News and Stories
Habitat for Humanity began working in Vietnam in January 2001 with its first project in Danang City in the central coastal region. As of June 2014, Habitat has enabled more than 13,300 low income Vietnamese families to improve their living conditions through decent homes, clean water and safe sanitation. HFH Vietnam has also provided training in areas such as disaster preparedness, financial education, and hygiene practices to more than 56,000 individuals.
Housing needs in Vietnam
Vietnam has lifted more than 35 million people out of poverty since the early 1990s due to rapid economic growth and reforms. However, nearly 11 percent of Vietnam’s 90-million population is still living below the national poverty line of 400,000 Vietnamese dong (about US$20) per month in rural areas. Low-income families living in poorly built housing are trapped in annual cycles of repairs. More than half of rural dwellers lack adequate sanitation while more than one third do not have access to clean water. Every seven in 10 persons also face the risk of typhoons, torrential storms and flooding which hit Vietnam annually.
How Habitat addresses the need in Vietnam
HFH Vietnam partners with low-income families to build, repair or upgrade their homes with families contributing “sweat equity” or their own labor, and typically repaying the costs through microfinance loans. International volunteers provide a hand-up by building alongside the families. Habitat also enables families to build facilities for clean water and safe sanitation according to their needs. The partner organizations that Habitat works with include the local government and communities. The training that Habitat offers to its partners include appropriate construction technology, financial management, awareness and practice of proper hygiene, community-based disaster risk management.
Strengthening vulnerable households
In Hoa Binh province, northern Vietnam, Habitat is providing safe shelter along with water and sanitation facilities to improve health and productivity of more than 80 low-income ethnic minority households. Living in a disaster-prone area, the families will also receive training to protect their lives and property from calamities.
Improving resilience of disaster-hit communities
Quang Nam province, located in the central coastal region of Vietnam, is among the poorest regions and often affected by disasters. HFH Vietnam aims to build resilience to natural disasters and climate change through housing solutions and community-based disaster mitigation training. Habitat also helps families to improve their health through clean water and safe sanitation
Population: 93.4 million (July 2014 est.)
Urbanization: 31 percent lives in cities (2011)
Life expectancy: 73 years
Unemployment rate: 1.3 percent (2013 est.)
Population Living on US$1.25 a Day: 13% (2009)
Access to Improved Water Sources: 94% (2009)
Access to Improved Sanitation Facilities: 75% (2009)
*Sources: World Factbook