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Christmas is here and it is the time to support others. Therefore I have decided to create a new short-term project and sincerely hope for your sympathy.
One of my neighbor in Hoi An lives in very poor condition. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Dung, born in 1964 and his wife Vo Thi Bon born in 1974 live with their 4 children in a self-mad lodge. The family has land, but there is no paperwork for it and therefore the land belongs to the government. Without the paperwork they were not allowed to build a house, nor could the family afford it. Mr. Dung’s father died when he was a kid and in order to support the mother, he stopped school after the 9th grade and worked ever since as a labor for construction. However the income is unstable and with a low education paid poorly. His wife, coming as well from a poor family background, works long days by taking care of the children and raising pigs, chickens and growing flowers in order to support the family’s income. She sells the gained goods in the neighborhood and on the market.
Finally the local government has offered help, they have given the family permission to build a small house on the land. Furthermore the government supports the family with building material.
My husband and I have decided to donate two wooden windows to the family and our neither and carpenter will provide the main door for free. Mr. Dung is taking care by himself of the construction, together with friends and family and some labor workers who offered to help for free.
However the family still lacks of founds to build a proper toilet and as Bai Huong Homestay has received in 2015, so many generous donations from all of you, I have taken the decision to support the family with VND 6,500,000 (US$ 290.-) and buy a toilet and shower to create a healthy living environment for the family.
I thank you all for your support and trust and wish you and your loved ones a Marry Christmas and aHappy New Year.
The year 2014 has been a very successful year for Homestay Bai Huong, not only the donations have been generous but every year the homestay customers increase and still we can proudly say, that the tourism we are bringing to the village is sustainable.
The library is still used and working well, we have bought some new books this year . Furthermore, Cham Island is suppose have electricity supply from next year and we have a donors, who promises to donate 2 old computers. It will help the kids to use standard programs and to learn to use a keyboard.
We continue to sponsor schoolbooks for the whole village, in order to maintain a happy community life and that every family benefits from our work. This year we have spent for school books VND 5’650’000 (VND 265.-). The kids recycle the books, which are still the same, but often the school material changes so the old books cannot be used again. Furthermore we want all the kids to have new exercise books, so that they can learn and complete the study work as require
College Scholar Ship
After successfully completing his second year, Canh is attempting his last school year at college. His English knowledge has immensely improved and we are very proud of his results. This year he will decide what he is going to do after the collage but one of the options would be a becoming a tour guide. Canh will receive t
his year monthly 1’500’000 ($ 75.-) for accommodation, food and school fees.
High School Scolar Ship
In 2014 we decided to sponsor 9 students attending High School on the main land, 4 students from Bai Lang and 5 from Bai Huong. The students receive VND 3’000’000 ($ 150) per school year to cover school fees, uniforms and books. They will have to reach a minimum average mark of 6 at the end of the semester. (10 is the maximum mark in Vietnam, 6 is satisfactory.
- Tran Huynh Minh Oanh, Bai Lang
- Duong Thi My Hoa, Bai Lang
- Mai Thi Dong, Bai Lang
- Huynh Thi Thanh Diep, Bai Lang
- Trang Thi Thanh, Bai Huong
- Le Thi Kim Ngan, Bai Huong
- Nguyen Thi Thu Thao, Bai Huong
- Nguyen Thi Thom, Bai Huong
- Tran Thi Thuy Diem, Bai Huong
Seconday School Scholar Ship
The secondary school on Cham Island is located in Bai Lang, therefore the children from Bai Huong have to stay during the school week in Bai Lang and need accommodation. Not all the families have relatives in the main village and for some it is financially difficult to sent the children to school, therefore we support for families with the amount of VND 2’000’000 ($ 100) per year.
Studying is important it opens the doors to the world, therefore we keep giving the best students a gratification of VND 500’000 ($ 25.-) to keep them motivated. to the best students of the year. In fact 4 children in Bai Lang and 5 children in Bai Huong have been awarded.
- Pham Thi Ngoc (Bai Lang) 5. MyPham Thuy Nga (Bai Huong)
- Nguyen Van Thong (Bai Lang) 6. Nguyen Thi Xuan Lieu (Bai Huong)
- Tran Minh Tuan(Bai Lang) 7. Bui Thi Tu Trinh (Bai Huong)
- Huynh Thi H
- a Phuong (Bai Lang)
- Nguyen Thin Thanh Binh
Binh is working not only hard at school to reach the top marks of the class but also during summer holidays she and her siblings are always active and helping us in the library or wherever needed. Therefore we are very happy that Binh still has got her two donors. As the costs are slowly increasing in Vietnam, we have decided that Binh receives in this school year the monthly amount of VND 800’000 ($ 40.-) for food, living and schooling.
- Pham Anh Khao, Pham Tu Khao, Pham Dang Kaho
The triplets are getting as well during the next year support of VND 1’000’000 ($ 50.-) per month for the schooling. The family is working hard to and trying the best to support the 5 children but still need a little hel
To hand over the scholar ships we have arranged together with the government a Summer Camp for the kids, with games, fun and the official part. After a long and funny day everybody slept in the camp in tents at the beach.
Once again I thank you for your trust and support. Also if we cannot change the world, we change the world from somebody. With your help we can make dreams come true and create a better future. In particular I would like to thank Ms. Tu for her dedication and spending a month during summer in Bai Huong to make it all become possible. Also a big thanks to all our homestay customers!
In April 2014, Cody Hevner came to Cham islands by himself and stayed for a few days. He immediately fell in love with Bai Huong and had a very strong bond with Hiep and Tung (our home stay family). 3 months latter, Cody decided to take his wife to Bai Huong to introduce her to his new home and the islanders. They plan to stay for 2 weeks in Hiep and Tung house this time…
Off course we are very happy to have you back on the island.
WELCOME HOME (CHAM ISLANDS) CODY!
Click here for to know how to go to Bai Huong homestay from Hoi An.
Cham islands 3 days 2 nights full package – The other side of Vietnam! 880,000VND (42USD) / PAX – RECOMMENDED
Cham Islands – Experience 2 nights home stay on an almost undiscovered island, experience real local life, exploring a beautiful coral garden on a snorkeling tour, be a fisherman for a day and catch your own lunch, trek up the hills to watch the sunset, enjoy a cup of coffee right on the beach, eat fresh sea food, and enjoy the quite peaceful starry nights.
Staying in cham islands for 3 days 2 nights with only 42 USD
This seems too good to be true just for only 42 USD. Furthermore remember that by booking this tour you help the local families improving their life style, as all the benefit goes directly to the homestay families.
Day 1: Tropical summer
10:00 AM: The host family picks you up at Cham island harbor(Bai Lang), transfer to a small boat to Bai Huong
10: 15 AM: Arrive Bai Huong, check in home stay, the family welcome you with herb and tea.
Free leisure in Bai Huong visiting the fresh fish market where you have the chance to try crabs, lobster and many kind of fishes (All caught by the villagers)
Take a walk to the beach and relax
12: AM: Lunch with the host family – try local Vietnamese food from Cham Island.
After lunch free time relax and swimming
3: 00 PM: The host family takes you to Hon Tai for snorkeling
5:00 PM: Back to the village, free time relax, playing with the kids in Bai Huong
6:30PM: Dinner with host family
After dinner free time take a walk around the village, meeting and chatting with the local people. Enjoy a starry night on the beach.
Overnight at home stay
Day 2: The Cham island man
8:00 AM: Early morning go net fishing with the host family catching your own fish, watching the bird nest cave on the way back and experiece the day being a fisherman on the the island.
10:30 AM: Back to the village – have breakfast at the homestay with coffee
– Free at leisure, relax and swimming
12:00: Lunch with host family
4:00 PM: Treking along the island trails, go up 300 steps to explore a artificial lake up on the mountain, enjoin the full view over the island and the village from the very top and watching the beautiful sunset (optional)
6:30: Dinner with the host family.
Overnight at Homestay Bai Huong
Day 3: Back to the main land
– Breakfast at homestay
– Take ferry boat in Bai Lang at 11.00-11.00 to the mainland and arrive in Hoi An around 13.30
– Pickup from Cham island habour to Bai Huong with the local boat.(The host family will come to pick you up at the habour, they will pay for their own boat ticket to Bai Huong, you will pay for yours)
– 6 meals (2 Lunches, 2 Dinners, 2 Breakfasts incl. 1 coffee) (drinks are not included)
– 2 nights home stay
– 1 snorkeling tour.
– 1 fishing tour–
– free tea
– Ferry ticket and local boat ticket from habour to Bai Huong
Check the full itinerary here for the detail
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Cham islands – Room rate/ meal and activities:
- Accommodation/Room: VND 120’000 per person/night
- Lunch/dinner: VND 70’000 per person per meal (drinks are not included)
- Breakfast: VND 30’000 (with coffee)
- Snorkeling/Fishing: 150’000 VND per person
The families will be pleased to take you for a trekking tour or snorkeling to Hon Tai
He always hoped to come back to Bai Huong one day and help his islanders. Unfortunatly, he got in to a terible accident and pass away last weekend…
Jelle and his girl friend Phoebe from Holland came to Bai Huong last summer and immediately fell in love with the island and had a strong bond with people there. They came as a tourist but left as our friends and family members… I was on the island the same time and was lucky to meet them. When it’s time to said good bye, I called him brother, and he called the host family (homestay) papa and mama.
For us, Jelle and Phoebe just became apart of Bai Huong, of the family…
Jelle was a great guy, with a great love for nature and we always hoped to see him again…
His cremation will be held today- Saturday. His friends and family in Holland decided to aske all attendants to donate (like he did himself) to Cham Island to Baihuong helping with the reconstruction of the homes of everyone that have suffered due to the hurricanes…and people in need
A great gift from a great man…even after he passed away…
From Vietnam, we just want to say thank you Jelle with all the love from Bai Huong …
Rest in peace brother!
You will aways be there, in our hearts!