House Building

House building.


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.

Quote symbol.From GCSF, we got a house and water filter. Thanks to the donor, we got a proper place to live in and it is grateful for our children. I sent my twins to NTLC Preschool and I can work more during day time. Our family’s business is more okay and now have 1 sewing machine and 1 Honda Canoe. We’re honored to get such good care from you and we’ll keep on trying for our family.
Ma Zarni Htay, a daily labourer, lives in Naung Taw Lai Chay village.

Quote symbol.We got house donated in year 2014. Before we had to worry to fix the house as our previous house condition was very bad. But then we don’t need to worry of the house and we can save more money. Thanks to the donors and GCSF.
U Tin Htun, a fisherman, lives in Naung Taw Lae Chay Village.