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if I could stay forever then I think I would…

Dear Tung and Hiep and Thom,

Thank you so much for an amazing four days and for welcoming us into your home just like friends would do.

I can’t even begin to tell you how sad I am to leave – if I could stay forever then I think I would. From Hiep’s AMAZING cooking, to our peaceful and successful fishing trips with Tung, to our afternoons sat on a beach (Cham island) with no-one else around except a couple of cows, every moment on the island has been like magic and will be a memory that will stay with me forever. You are such a wonderful family and such lovely and friendly people and I feel so lucky to have met you and shared in a few days of your lives. I leave you with sad face but with wishes for so much luck and happiness for the future of your family.

Lots and lots of love and massive THANK YOU – CAM ON!

 

Rachel and Omer from UK

(we came for 2 nights and 3 days and ended up staying an extra day… if only we could stay more

Our amazing time on Cham island

Our amazing time on Cham island

Warm smiles, beautiful people, breathtaking scenery

We went to Cham island, trying to escape the crowds and looking for some silence and nature. We didn’t know what to expect, but from the moment Nhi picked us up at Bai Luong to take us to Bai Huong, we knew we made the right decision. She immediately adopted us as two of her own children.

we could not have asked for anything more. We stayed at Nhi and Lo’s homestay, a wonderfull place, Nhi did the cooking, Lo took us fishing and snorkeling. Every evening the Buddhist chanting from the pagoda made us drift away in this little paradise. We wanted to stay much longer! Mama’s cooking is delicious, there was so much food! It was the best time we’ve had in Vietnam after being here for 1 month. They are the warmest, friendliest, most gentle hearted people we have met. It was sad to say goodbye and we couldn’t find words or gestures to thank ‘mama and papa’ enough. Bai Huong is beautiful, the beaches are the best we have seen in Vietnam. If you are looking for interaction with very intersting local people who don’t speak English, silence and beautiful surroundings, this is the place. Don’t expect luxury, staying up late partying or sleeping in, please be very respectfull towards these wonderful people and have a great time!

Mirte & Carolien

Sunset on Cham island

Sunset on Cham island

Bai Huong annual Report 2014

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.

Schoolbooks
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

All happy Bai Huong students

Cham islands charity projectDSCF5392 Student on Cham island happy to get school books

College student Ngo Quang Canh

College student Ngo Quang Canh

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.

  1. Tran Huynh Minh Oanh, Bai LangDSCF5500
  2. Duong Thi My Hoa, Bai Lang
  3. Mai Thi Dong, Bai Lang
  4. Huynh Thi Thanh Diep, Bai Lang
  5. Trang Thi Thanh, Bai Huong
  6. Le Thi Kim Ngan, Bai Huong
  7. Nguyen Thi Thu Thao, Bai Huong
  8. Nguyen Thi Thom, Bai Huong
  9. 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.

  1. Trang Thi HangDSCF5502
  2. Nguyen Thi Thanh Van
  3. Nguyen Thi Thanh Quyen
  4. Tran Thi Ngan

 

 

Gratification
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.

  1. Pham Thi Ngoc (Bai Lang)          5. MyPham Thuy Nga (Bai Huong)
  2. Nguyen Van Thong (Bai Lang)    6. Nguyen Thi Xuan Lieu (Bai Huong)
  3. Tran Minh Tuan(Bai Lang)           7. Bui Thi Tu Trinh (Bai Huong)
  4. Huynh Thi H
  5. a Phuong (Bai Lang)

 

Child Sponsorship

  1. 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.

  1. 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

 

Summer Camp
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.

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Home stay bai huong project on Cham island

Kids play game on the beach – Cham island

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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!

 

Welcome home Cody !

Hi everyone;

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 amazing sunset in Bai Huongand 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 CODY!