p.o. box 29292
oakland, ca 94604
tel: 1 800 561 3378
32 pasteur st.
tel: 84 511 3 829 110
ho chi minh city
57f tu xuong st.
tel: 84 8 290 7374
no. 1 lane 40
linh lang st. , ba dinh
tel: 84 4 834 7790
about the program
for more info
East Meets West’s Compassion Home program builds new houses
for impoverished rural families to replace rundown, poorly con-
structed dwellings. The families the program helps live in homes
that are built with walls made from flimsy materials like bamboo
and plastic; the doors, windows and roofs are insecure and do not
keep the wind and rain out. Damp floors lead to mold and an unhy-
gienic environment. The houses usually do not have latrines. The
families spend most of their income on their children’s school fees,
daily meals and medical treatments, leaving them unable to repair
or build a new home.
EMW staff and local authorities select the families based on the fol-
lowing criteria: They are an officially poor household with at least
four members; the main provider is incapacitated due to illness;
they do not make enough to pay for their basic needs; and, their
houses are unsafe and may not withstand harsh weather conditions.
These families often live in lowlands and flood-prone areas in cen-
tral Vietnam in Quang Nam Province, one of the most impoverished
in the central region.
East Meets West Compassion Homes meet high-quality construction
standards. The houses include bedrooms, a living room, a veranda,
electricity and a bathroom with a toilet. In flood-prone regions, a
half-story is incorporated for dry storage of grain and clothes during
the rainy season.
The homes are built at a reasonable cost, maximizing donor funding.
Families may also contribute their labor to the house construction,
lowering the costs and using their wages to build additional compo-
nents. The recipient families also sign an agreement stating that the
house will never be sold,