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We will never forget this incredible experience and hope to visit again soon

Tung and Hiep;

We are so thankful to you both for

Enjoy the fishing time on Cham island

Amazing time on Cham islands

Having us stay in your home.

We enjoyed playing card games and the

Memory game with you. Thank you for taking

us snorkelling and teaching us how to fish!

We will never forget this incredible experience

And hope to visit again soon. Thank you for

Helping us to learn more Vietnamese words!

Love

Jeff and Kay

Cham islands program: Scholarship for a special girl Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh

Binh and the kids on Cham island, Bai Huong

Binh (Red shirt in the middle) and the kids in Bai Huong

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, Cham islands, 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  Tu (Two) 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…

Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh and her heart breaking story:

Binh is 11 years old and the oldest of three siblings. She is a very bright and lovely girl, and a very smart student. The family is going through a very tough time, as fishing is becoming more difficult and the father’s income is very unstable. For the father, it is hard to earn enough money to feed the family with just a fishing job.

Binh goes to a secondary school in Hoi An, where she stays with relatives. As Binh knows how difficult it is for her family to take care of them all. To make it easy for her parents, Binh offered to go to the orphanage. The orphanage would provide food, a place to stay, and she can go to school until she’s 18. With Binh in the orphanage, it would be easier for the father to provide for the family. Growing up in Cham Island, Bai Huong, Binh was used to running around outside with her younger sister, brother and her friends. It was a terrifying thought for Binh to be locked up behind doors and big gates and not being able to run where ever she wished.

Binh happy with family on Cham island

Binh with father and younger sister

By the time we, (her friends in Bai Huong) found out that Binh was in the orphanage, we were all too shocked. Tears flow freely from the people close to her. Once we talked over her situation we decided that she was too precious and too smart to be left the orphanage. Even with the promise of free education, food and accommodation, being in the orphanage without friends or family would never be the same again. There will always be something missing.

After a long talk with Binh’s parents, we offered to help with her school fee, food and other accommodation if they would take her out of the orphanage. They were more than happy to accept our help.. The very next day they went to the orphanage and took Binh home. We met Binh, her younger sister and her father on their way back from the orphanage. They all looked very happy to have Binh back home with them. As her friends, we decided to help Binh with the little money we have. However, we need help from a kind person to provide long term help for Binh, someone who can provide for her till college.

With an amount of only $30 per month we are able to guarantee her education and living. Therefore we are looking for someone who is willing to donate $360 per year for this special girl. Please help us provide for Binh so that she can live her childhood with her family and friends without having to sacrifice herself for the rest of her family.

We are please and willing to send the student’s file with further information about Binh and her family.

Thank you for your help and best regards