Safe Housing to Shelter the Poor
Poverty: A significant portion of the population in rural Cambodia lives in poverty, making it difficult for them to afford quality housing materials and construction.
MEETING POOR VILLAGERS BASIC NEED
OHF’s house building programme in Prey Veng, Cambodia is very much appreciated by the families. They know we do not use cheap zinc materials which makes the house hot during the day.. They like the “cooling” effect of wooden walls and bamboo floors!
The house building programme starts with detailed surveys to identify the poorest of the poor. Photos of their current house and details of their income are submitted to HQ for management approval. The beneficiaries selection is also approved by the village and commune chiefs. We have our own team of dedicated and honest house building staff on the ground to carry out the house building project.
When we receive a house donation from a generous sponsor, we will allocate from our survey list based on how dire the living conditions are. Priority of a house sponsorship is given to the family with the worst living conditions first. Every sponsorship of a house is allocated immediately, and the house building project is aimed to be completed within 6 months. Upon completion, a house sponsorship completion report is then written and sent to the respective donors.
One grandmother said that with the new house she received from a generous sponsor, her neighbours would come and visit her often and that she is not as lonely as before. One mother said her children were shy to show their classmates the ramshackle shack which is their house. Now they bring friends from school back to the new house! One villager shared how she wrapped herself and her children in plastic whenever it rained and often fell sick during the rainy season. Poor health leads to medical expenses which she can ill afford. As daily rated labourers, poor health leads to reduced income.
It is for these reasons that OHF started a house building programme in Cambodia. OHF’s house building programme has brought joy, hope and self-esteem to hundreds of poor villagers. You too can do your part to donate a house to a poor Cambodian family. Your generous sponsorship of a house will go to changing the lives of these families drastically.