Project No. 32 – Construction of a new boarding house with sanitary facilities in Minh Son, Bac Me District( Ha Giang province ) in the north of Vietnam.

Status October 1st, 2019Bac Me district is 53 kilometers far from Ha Giang city. It is next to Yen Minh district in the north, Lam Binh and Na Hang districts in Tuyen Quang province in the south, Ha Giang city and Vi Xuyen district in the west and Bao Lam district in Cao Bang province in the east.

The district has 1 town and 12 communes. Bac Me has a surface of 85606,45 ha (10,77 % of the surface of the province) and is the center connecting Ha Giang and Cao Bang provinces. The population amounts 46879 people (9299 households) coming from 14 different ethnic minotities. The biggest ethnic minorities are: Dao (37%), Tay (22,34%) and H´Mong (22,21%). Other ethnic minorities as Kinh, Hoa, Pu Peo, Giay and Nung are also represented. The rate of poverty amounts 36,5% (3792 households or 10375 people).ölker_Vietnams

The commune of Minh Son is a difficult commune of Bac Me district. It is 40 kilometers far from the center of the district and 45 kilometers far from Ha Giang city. The commune has a surface of  14,774 ha and counts 6678 people. There are 529 poor households. There are 6 ethnic minorities living together, including Dao, Tay, H´Mong (50&), Nung and Kinh.

In total 914 children go to the different schools that are employing 81 teachers. In the primary school of Minh Son there are 8 classes (225 children, including 217 children of ethnic minorities). This school year (2019-2020) 141 children in total stay at the boarding house. Next year there will be additional 139 to 159 boarding students. The school will not be able to shelter all students appropriately, and if yes only under unbearable conditions for the children. Until now, the school only has 2 rooms at disposal (70 children per room with 40 square meters).

The school doesn’t have a “real” kitchen. The meals are cooked in a barrack outside under each weather situation. The children must eat in the classrooms because there is no canteen. Furthermore, there are only 2 small toilets for all.

Looking towards the future, Minh Son commune is in need of the following:

  • 1 x building with 10 bedrooms for 160 children
  • sanitary facilities
  • 80 bunk beds and 30 steel cabinets with 6 compartments (USD 9.500,00 or € 8.800,00)

Overall funds needed: approx. USD 74,172,00 (or approx. € 68.680,00)

As a turnover foundation, the LO-ANH Foundation (LOAN Stiftung) can provide help directly. We would like to carry out this project, but are dependent on every financial donation. We remain optimistic that we will be able to collect the necessary funds.

In cooperation and in continuous contact with our Vietnamese partners, we will as always supervise and guide this project personally and on site. We will report on the progress regularly.

We would be delighted if you were to provide us with moral and financial support in this endeavor. Thank you very much!

Status November, 2019: On November 5th, 2019, the team of the LO-ANH Foundation (LOAN Stiftung), (Isabelle Müller, Corinna Buchholz, Bui Thu Huong and Tran Quang Phu) visited – on own expenses and not on the expenses of the foundation – the commune of Minh Son. The school is directed in a good and lovely way. The proposed site for the construction is appropriate. Directly on the site, we recognize the urgency and necessity of this project. We hope to find soon the adequate sponsor!:)
Status March 1st, 2020: We consider to aggrandize this project, as a second option. Our first cost calculation did not include any kitchen with canteen, that are urgently needed as well. But where should this new building be placed? The construction site is limited. Our local architect has found a good solution. The boarding house could be built with two floors, so that enough space would be available for the kitchen with canteen and the sanitary facilities. The construction of a two-floor-building with kitchen, canteen and sanitary facilities would cost as follow:
  • Boarding House (2-floor-building) with 5 rooms per floor for 160 children (16 children per room)
  • 1 sanitary facilities
  • 1 kitchen with canteen
  • 80 bunk beds and 30 steel cabinets with 6 compartments (USD 9.500,00 or € 8.800,00)

Overall funds needed: approx. USD 119.505,00 (or approx. € 110.650,00)

Status April, 2020: At the end of April, 2020, we receive wonderful news: Sternstunden e.V. announces its support of LOAN Stiftung amounting € 83.000,00!:) We are very happy about it, together with the children, the teachers and the commune of Minh Son!:) We say a deep THANK YOU to this devoted Sponsor and we will give our best, as usual!:)

Status May, 2020: The contracts are signed. The exact budget amounts USD 120.205,00 (or approx. €111.300,00). Now this important project can start. Our goal is to realize successfully this project before the end of this year. This time, our Vietnamese team (Mrs. Bui Thu Huong and Mr. Tran Quang Phu) will represent us on the spot, because of travel restrictions due to Covid 19. Both will regularly keep us informed with pictures and videos.

Status June, 2020: We have received all necessary permissions for the construction of this large project. Together with the rainy season, the construction works have begun. The workers are hard-working and the first fundaments are visible. Our architect is confident that this project will be realized on schedule.

Status July, 2020: On July 7th and 20th, 2020 we received new reports from our Vietnamese Team visiting the site. In the middle of the rainy season, the construction works are kept up. The new building planned has received deep, strong fundaments. The bottom plate for the next floor has been poured concrete. Many male and female workers of the surroundings are employed for this project. We are on schedule. All participants are very happy about the progression of the construction works.

Status August, 2020: On August 6th, 2020 we received the new report from Minh Son. Sometimes, because of the rainfalls, the construction works have to stand still. But we are on schedule. All strong buildings are growing daily, as well as the joy of all contributors. On August 23rd, 2020, we get new pictures and videos from Minh Son. The adjoining buildings stand, while the inner walls of the boarding house are getting plastered.
Status September, 2020: On September 8th, 2020 we received new pictures and videos of Minh Son from our Vietnamese Team (Mrs.Bui Thu Huong and Mr. Tran Quang Phu). Several walls have been plastered. The roof of the boarding house as well as the stair case are in the making. The kitchen, the canteen and the sanitary facilities are in good progress. We are very satisfied with the development and will continue reporting. On September 22nd, 2020 we received new pictures and videos from Minh Son with the status of progress from September 14th until 22nd, 2020. Many inside and outside walls are still getting plastered. Some parts of the roofs have been fixed. We are good on schedule.

Status October, 2020: On October 6th, 2020 we receive new pictures and videos from Minh Son. Everything is progressing well and we are on schedule. The workers and all people involved in this project are still working hard. The kitchen and the canteen slowly take shape. Many walls are still getting plastered. Soon the painting works will begin.