Safe Housing

Proper housing is a basic need but yet, in Cambodia, hundreds of thousands of villagers cannot afford a proper house. These poor villagers live in shacks that most of us would not call a house! Made from thatch as bricks and wood are expensive, they need constant repair and offers little shelter from the rain. Besides the physical discomfort, it is degrading and shameful to be seen in such a shack. Lonely grandmothers are shunned by their neighbours and children avoid letting their schoolmates see where they live. OHF selects the poorest of the poor and builds a nice wooden house for them.

House Building Programme

OHF’s house building programme in Prey Veng, Cambodia is well accepted by the community. The villagers appreciate that we do not use the cheaper zinc materials for the walls and roof. They also like the “cooling” wooden floors and walls.

The programme starts with detailed surveys to identify the poorest of the poor. Photos of their current house and details of their income are recorded and submitted for management approval. The house building selection is also approved by the village and commune chiefs. We have our own team of dedicated and honest staff on the ground to carry out the project.

One grandmother said that with the new houses, her neighbours would come and visit her more and that she is not as lonely as before. No longer ashamed that their friends would see their decrepit shack, one mother also said that her children stopped skipping school.

One villager shared how she wrapped herself 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 also leads to a reduced income. Her children were shy to show their classmates the ramshackle shack which is their house. It is for these reasons that OHF started a house building programme in Cambodia.

OHF house building programme has brought joy, hope and self-esteem to hundreds of poor villagers.

Beneficiaries Impacted

2011 - 2017
No. of households 289
Houses built by location within Prey Veng province in 2017
District No. of wells
Kampong Trabek 1
Preah Sdach 39
Po Reang 1
Svay Antor 2
Total 43

Be a Sponsor to poor and needy families!

For $4,200, you can give one wooden house to provide proper shelter