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Christmas is here and it is the time to support others. Therefore I have decided to create a new short-term project and sincerely hope for your sympathy.
One of my neighbor in Hoi An lives in very poor condition. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Dung, born in 1964 and his wife Vo Thi Bon born in 1974 live with their 4 children in a self-mad lodge. The family has land, but there is no paperwork for it and therefore the land belongs to the government. Without the paperwork they were not allowed to build a house, nor could the family afford it. Mr. Dung’s father died when he was a kid and in order to support the mother, he stopped school after the 9th grade and worked ever since as a labor for construction. However the income is unstable and with a low education paid poorly. His wife, coming as well from a poor family background, works long days by taking care of the children and raising pigs, chickens and growing flowers in order to support the family’s income. She sells the gained goods in the neighborhood and on the market.
Finally the local government has offered help, they have given the family permission to build a small house on the land. Furthermore the government supports the family with building material.
My husband and I have decided to donate two wooden windows to the family and our neither and carpenter will provide the main door for free. Mr. Dung is taking care by himself of the construction, together with friends and family and some labor workers who offered to help for free.
However the family still lacks of founds to build a proper toilet and as Bai Huong Homestay has received in 2015, so many generous donations from all of you, I have taken the decision to support the family with VND 6,500,000 (US$ 290.-) and buy a toilet and shower to create a healthy living environment for the family.
I thank you all for your support and trust and wish you and your loved ones a Marry Christmas and aHappy New Year.
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.
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
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.
- Tran Huynh Minh Oanh, Bai Lang
- Duong Thi My Hoa, Bai Lang
- Mai Thi Dong, Bai Lang
- Huynh Thi Thanh Diep, Bai Lang
- Trang Thi Thanh, Bai Huong
- Le Thi Kim Ngan, Bai Huong
- Nguyen Thi Thu Thao, Bai Huong
- Nguyen Thi Thom, Bai Huong
- 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.
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.
- Pham Thi Ngoc (Bai Lang) 5. MyPham Thuy Nga (Bai Huong)
- Nguyen Van Thong (Bai Lang) 6. Nguyen Thi Xuan Lieu (Bai Huong)
- Tran Minh Tuan(Bai Lang) 7. Bui Thi Tu Trinh (Bai Huong)
- Huynh Thi H
- a Phuong (Bai Lang)
- 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.
- 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
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.
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!
To have a hobby and practice sport is important for a balanced childhood. So, this year along with the scholarship program 2013 we also sponsored for the football tournament on the whole Cham islands (for children under 16). There were four teams presented for 4 villages on Cham islands : Bai Huong , Bai Lang 1 , Bai Lang 2, Bai Ong played in the tournament for one week. To make sure that the tournament would be successful we also sponsor Shirt for Bai Huong team, and our friend Robert came here volunteering to be the coach.
The children had a lot of fun playing football and all the islanders really enjoy the games too. This tournament was the first organized one on the islands and it was a huge success.
Players are so in to the game 🙂
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
The government building, where we first established the library, has been used more and more used for meetings, the children didn’t had access. We needed to find a solution and it was the best news ever, my friend offered to move the library to the living room of her house as she uses the house only for holiday reasons. Her neighbors, Nhi and Lo, will take care of it and make sure the kids can read and play.
There was still quite a lot of work to do, as the house needed some renovations. It was also a great deal to hire some local people and secure them for a while an income.
They did a great work and while Tu and I were on the island we helped painting the house and established the library again. It was great fun and the kids helped us a lot.
I’m glad to show you our work and the new library in the following pictures!
We are happy because the library finally has it own place and hope the kids will read and play a lot!