WHY WE BUILD?
According 2009 Population and Housing Census, nearly 6.7 million Vietnamese ─ 7.8 percent of the population ─ are living in temporary or sub-standard housing. 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.
Adequate housing creates a base of safety from which to foster social inclusion and community. It empowers women who are often the head of the household. It improves people’s livelihood as the home can be used as a base for small business. When wage-earners return to a safe and comfortable home, they are likely to be healthier both mentally and physically, which boosts their labor productivity. Improvements in housing are also associated with improved educational outcomes for children.