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 December 2015, Habitat has enabled more than 13,100 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 around 65,000 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
on less than 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.
Community housing development
Habitat for Humanity Vietnam empowers families and communities by working directly with them to increase their access to decent housing and improve their living conditions through WASH training and housing microfinance services, among others. Key program drivers include the improvement of water and sanitation facilities as well as the provision of housing support services by HFH Vietnam or its implementing partners.
Building disaster-resilient communities
Housing support services is a means by which HFH Vietnam raises awareness and builds the capacity and resilience of disaster-prone communities. Through training in appropriate construction technology as well as in disaster preparedness, Habitat enables families, provincial governments, community leaders, teachers and masons to protect their lives and assets in times of disasters.
Housing market development
Hoa and her husband Dang Van Ngang, 58, and their only son, Dang Tan Tai, 12, live in Tan Thanh district, Ba Ria Vung Tau province. Built on public land, their old house was made of corrugated metallic sheets for its roof and walls with untreated wood for its floor boards. Every two or three years, Hoa would have to spend between three to five million Vietnamese dong (between US$130 and US$220) to repair their house. Hoa and her family lived for 6 years without running water and a proper bathroom. With their old house built over the river, their toilet was a “fish pond latrine”.
Thankful for Habitat for Humanity’s help, Hoa said: “Without this new home, I can’t imagine what our life would be. My husband and I will continue to work hard to raise our only son and to provide him with adequate education.”
Population: 94.3 million (July 2015 est.)
Urbanization: 33.6 percent lives in cities (2015)
Life expectancy: 73 years (2015 est.)
Unemployment rate: 3 percent (2015 est.)
*Sources: World Factbook