It is with great pleasure that I update you about this year projects. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we had the possibility to extend and expand our support from last year. This year we are mainly supporting children who go to High School and College in the mainland. Due to the high expenses of sending their children for higher education, families cannot afford school and living fees. In order to keep the children in school, we help cover some of their expenses.
For the second year we are able to continue to buy school books for the village children. This is another way we are able to support all the children so that everyone benefits from our charity work.
Also we are happy to support and encourage the children with the best grade during the school year. It is important to motivate the children that study hard. Like in 2001, the students with the best grades in their year received VND 500’000 as encouragement. For one special girl, Pham Thi Ngoc My, who studies very hard while the family was going through difficult time; also during the same time her father passed away, we rewarded her with a total of VND 1’000’000.
Our library is in good use; from children sitting to bead, read comics to doing artwork and playing board games. On another note, I would like to say a big thank you to Huyen, a volunteer with the Degenhardt Foundation. She works with the children teaching basic art and beading and donated art and craft supplies. During our busy time she helped us a lot and I would not know what I would’ve done without her.
During our busy preparation activities for the scholarship giving and receiving, some very sad news reached us. One 11 years old girl named Binh, decided for herself to go to the orphanage in order to lessen her family’s burden. Due to the family’s unstable fishing income, the parents are not able to support all three children while also putting them through school. With great sadness and many tears, friends and families talked over the situation and could not agree with Binh staying at the orphanage. After long conversation with the parents we decided to help find Binh a permanent long term sponsorship in order to keep her out of the orphanage and living with family again. So, at the moment we support the family. Meanwhile, we are looking for a long term sponsor for this bright and lovely girl (see enclosed file).
With great delight we would like to introduce to you the sponsored children of this year. Following are the names of the students that received the scholarship sponsors. In place of the students we would like to say a big thank you to everyone that made this possible.
High School scholar ship:
1. Bui Cong Bao
2. Pham Van Rin
3. Tran Nguyen Rin
4. Bui Thi Tu Trinh
The above students mentioned, some have relatives in Hoi An, where they can stay during the school year. Therefore, we are only sponsoring these students with the amount of VND 2’000’000 for the first semester for school fees and food. Each of the students above, they have to submitting the school results of the first semester before they can receive the additional VND 2’000’000 for the second half of the school year.
1. Ngo Quang Canh
Canh, our first college scholarship student this year, does not have relatives on the mainland. Therefore we support him with accommodation, food and school fee. He will receive a monthly of VND 1’000’000 to cover the costs.
Medical support; VND 2‘500‘000
1. Nguyen Thi Suong
Soung suffers from epilepsy. She is a very good student but her parents cant afford to cover medical and study costs.
Support and encouragement for the secondary school students: VND 500’000 per student
1. Nguyen Thin Thanh Binh
2. Nguyen Huy Toan
3. Tran Thi Thanh
4. Nguyen Thi Phuong
5. Pham Thi Ngoc My
Support and encouragement for passing the admission exams for the University; VND 1‘000‘000 per student
1. Nguyen Thi Ly
2. Pham Thi Hien Trang
Child sponsor ship; VND 500’000 per month plus school fees of VND 1’500’000
1. Nguyen Thin Thanh Binh
We may not be able to change the world but we can help support someone’s future. From all of us, a big thanks for being a part of this and for your trust and support. In place of Bai Huong, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in us. On the same note, I would like to say thank you to Ms. Tu for her altruistic dedication and for making all this possible. As well as to the MPA of Cu Lao Cham and Hoi An for their help and support