Inle Lake, Southern Shan State, Myanmar
There are about 60,000 inhabitants on Inle Lake. Many of whom are farmers and day laborers. Over 50 percent of the local population lives below the national poverty line of less than $ 1 (US) per day. Frequent yearly heavy rains and flooding cause severe damage to the houses that are traditionally constructed with a thatch roof and bamboo walls. Many poor families are often displaced or left living in squalid homes after the yearly rains. They are unable to afford repairs or to construct a new house. This leads to children dropping out of school because their families need them to work so there are more wages coming in to help fix their houses.
The project provides new, locally constructed houses for families suffering from dire poverty and who are unable to provide their children with proper living condition and education. Newly constructed houses can stay in good condition for at least eight years.
To date, this project has built over 100 safe and sanitary single family homes, each with two main rooms, outdoor kitchen, lavatory, metal roof, wood floor and bamboo mat walls. In addition, the project funds additional needs such as providing families access to clean water by supplying water filters and training programs on their proper use and care, food, rice, and scholarships.
- Directly benefits poor families on Inle Lake who do not have the financial ability to renovate or rebuild their damaged houses.
- Indirectly benefits the communities on Inle Lake with improved education for the children and jobs for construction workers.