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Donating for our projects on Cham islands, please send to:
Holder: Vanessa Weiss, 7500 St. Moritz
Bank: Graubündner Kantonalbank, St. Moritz
Account number. : 00 340.723.300
Subject: Donation for Bai Huong
Or contact us here for more information.
100% of your donation will go directly to the projects, no administration costs involved.
If you have a chance to go to Bai Huong (Cham islands) and want to donate some items for our library, this is the wish list:
– Foot ball (both leather and plastic ones)
– Volley ball (ball and net)
– Swimming goggles
– Pen and pencils
We may not be there when you come, so please ask for Mrs. Nhi (one of the home stay helping us taking care of the library).
The school items (pens and note books, etc…) will be saved to give to the students at the beginning of each semester.
Thank you for your support !
Dear friends of Bai Huong
The time has come. The new school year has started in September and we determined the scholar ships. The year 2012/2013 has been in all regards successful. Once more I could count on you and the amount of donations have overwhelmed me. Furthermore the Homestay Bai Huong project was very prosperous. In summer 2013 we had over 70 customers in Bai Huong.
Thanks to the numerous donations, we were able to extend our area and include the main village in Cham Island, Bai Lang, into our scholar ship project. We keep providing the schoolbooks for Bai Huong in order that everybody in the community benefits from our work.
The library is always well attended and during the winter we want to buy new books and toys.
College Scholar Ship
- Ngo Quang Canh
Canh has successfully finished his first college year and we are happy to support him during the next year. As the costs in Vietnam are rising, Canh will receive this year monthly 1’200’000 ($ 60.-) for accommodation, food and school fees.
High School Scholar Ships
- Tran Van Hiep
- Tran Huynh Thi Minh Oanh
- Nguyen Thi Minh Nhut
- Huynh Thi Kim Hong
The students receive VND 2’000’000 ($ 100) per semester for the school fees and books. They will have to reach a minimum point average of 6 at the end of the semester to receive the second part of the scholar ship.
Secondary Scholar Ships:
- Tran Thi Ngan
- Tran Thi Thuy Diem
- Nguyen Thanh Long
- Dinh Viet Tin
- Nguyen Thi Quynh Qua
- Nguyen Cong Hau
- Tran Van Nhanh
- Dang Thanh Cuong
- Tran Thi Thanh
The family of these children is going through difficult times and life low-income backgrounds. We donate VND 2’000’000 ($ 100) per child for the yearly school fee of the children.
Tran Thi Thu Thu
- Ha Thi Yen Linh
- Nguyen Van Thong
- Huynh Thi Ha Phuong
- Tran Huynh Thi Hoai Nhi
- Bui Thi Xuan Lieu
- Ngo Thi Ngoc Anh
- Nguyen Thi Hien My
- Nguyen Thi Phuong
To motivate the kids we granted a gratification of the amount of VND 500’000 ($ 25.-) to the best students of the year. In fact 4 children in Bai Lang and 5 children in Bai Huong have been awarded.
1.Nguyen Thin Thanh Binh
Once more I’m very proud of Binh, she finished the last school year as best student. She is living with her aunt in Hoi An where she attends
secondary school. During the summer holidays she visited her parents in Bai Huong and helped them with their work. Thanks to her two donors
Binh’s family receives monthly the amount of VND 600’000 ($ 30.-) for food and schooling.
2. Pham Anh Khao, Pham Tu Khao, Pham Dang Khoa
When this family expected another child in 2009 and was blessed instead with triplets, the family situation started to get difficult. The family’s income is not enough to feet and school five children. The triplets are attending the kinder garden this year as both parents are working. With their low income it’s difficult to come up with the monthly school fee of VND 1’000’000 for the three boys. Therefore we support this hard working family from Bai Lang with the amount of VND 1’000’000 ($ 50.-) per month.
Check our scholarship program 2012: Click here
Our scholarship 2011: Click here
On 19th December 2011 Vanessa got an official award from the Committee of Quang Nam Province for the help of Bai Huong, Cham islands. This
award is for all of you too, then without you it would not have been possible!
Cham islands – Currently we work with homestay families in Bai Huong on Cham islands.
All rooms have with mosquito net, fans, westerner toilet facilities and cold water shower.
The homestay families speak very little English but try their best with books, hands and feet to communicate with foreigners.
Most of the food is from sea food and fresh vegetables. The women are great cooks and the food is very delicious.
Accommodation/Room: VND 120’000 per person
Lunch/dinner: VND 70’000 per person per meal (drinks are not included)
Breakfast: VND 30’000 (with coffee)
The homestays have fixed prices.
Snorkeling/Fishing: 150’000 VND per person
Trekking tour: 100,000 VND per person
The families will be pleased to take you for a trekking tour or snorkeling to Hon Tai
Please note well: The local authority does NOT allow Chinese and Hong Kong passport holder to overnight on the island.
(Notice: There’s no ATM on this island, everything you pay by cash so make sure having enough cash before you come. Because a lot of our customers, after visiting the island wanted to extend their stay but found out there’s no ATM for them… So, if you don’t have a fixed plan to come back, you can bring a little extra money in case you want to stay longer)
Some more information about Bai Huong:
About Bai Huong: It is a small fisher village of about 450 people. However, you can still experience real Vietnam, nobody tries to sell you something but people are friendly, because they are happy that you are visiting their village. Moreover, they don’t speak English, some do a little bit, but they will try to communicate with hand and feet with you.
If you go swimming in the village, the girls should wear shorts and t-shirts as the people are not used to bikinis, it would be uncomfortable for both side.
The homestay families can organize tours to the waterfall, snorkeling tours and fishing tours for you, just ask them.
Best time of year to go to Bai Huong:
The best time is between March and September as the weather is stable and the sea not too rough. However, during winter/raining season (October to February) it’s difficult and often impossible to go to Cham Islands. Because, the sea is too rough and the weather changes very quickly. Watch out, if you go you might be stuck for a few day on the island!!!
Please note well:
The weather can change very quickly in South East Asia and depending on the weather and sea conditions the boats sometimes can not go to the island. Therefore, there is always the chance to get stuck on the island. We are not taking any responsibility in these cases. However, the homestay families offer 50% discount on the room night for who is stuck on the island.
How to book the homestay in Cham islands?
If you want to book in advance send me an e-mail. I would like to remember you, that I’m neither a tour operator nor a tour guide, I have a full time job and help organizing this trip to help my friends in Bai Huong, therefore, we will check your emails only once or twice a day.
Check the rooms and host families: Click here
Photos about life style in Bai huong, Cham islands: Click here
Book a homestay:
We are neither a foundation nor a tour operator, we are just two friends who fell in love with Bai Huong (A small fishing village on Cham islands, Hoian, Vietnam). Our goal is it now to help people in Bai Huong get more independent and therefore we created this website. It will give you the opportunity to learn about this special place and book a sustainable tour at the main time.
Of course we are not able to support all this on our own, therefore we have friends and people willing to help us…
For further information please contact us at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note well that we are not a travel agent, we help you for free to find your way to the island to support the locals. Therefore please respect the fact that we can not always reply you quickly as we have a full time job and family live. Read the information carefully on the website and contact us for the booking. Thanks for your understanding and sympathy.
Vanessa & Tu