Putting a Vision into Action!
Many visits to our children’s houses and witnessing their situations have brought up many chaotic thoughts for SCC’s staff in the Child Development Programme team. We would like to share our thoughts with you in this newsletter so that you could somehow understand why we carry on with our work with heart and passion, as always.
Poverty is a repeating cycle of poor - no schooling – no job – no income – no chance to think about schooling – poor. If there is nothing that can be done to break this circle, poverty will be a pre-determined destiny for a part of the population for generations. The poor would have already set their minds on being poor and would be able to do nothing to escape from it.
In many families, parents and children are aware that learning and education brings them the opportunity of a brighter future. Vice versa, the children will only earn a low wage for their manual labour if they do not have a decent level of education, and that work is very unstable. However, the parents themselves have to think back and forth and are reluctant to choose between using their small income for living or for their children’s tuition fees. It is surely a very difficult decision for them to make!
There are always obstacles we must overcome when we are doing our jobs. If we could see them as small hurdles to overcome in order to achieve our bigger goal – to help children out of poverty with education- we would gain more energy to carry on with our work.
Our Child Development Programme provides long-term support for our children. Our support will be with them until they tell us “I have got a job” or “I have just signed a permanent contract with my company”. That will be a time we feel happy and proud for them. They will feel more confident and can stand on their own feet from that moment.
On the journey to carry out the mission “Eliminating poverty through education”, the sentiment below from one of our children embodies our courage and “fire” within our team:
“…I have finished the book named “How to stop worrying and start living”. I only read it once; but surely, I will read it again and take notes as well.
From the last gathering, when I found out that graduates would receive a book, I was so excited. When I knew which book it was, I was even happier. I felt like it was there just waiting for me. It was decorated with a red ribbon as well. I looked at it all the time! I was truly in love with it!
Currently, I am a bit busy with my internship, so I spend less time reading it. There are also some problems in my life, so they bother me more. Just right at that moment, I pick up the book and continue reading, the paragraph is like the exact answer to my problems for me…That is very meaningful!
I will train myself not to worry too much. I promise you that…
Thank you very much! I wish you and all SCC’s staff would have health and happiness from whatever you are doing!”
To us, every day of work is a happy day. We always receive good news from our children such as: “I have got an offer from a Japanese IT company with 2-year contract and monthly salary of 7 million VND!” One student, Hoang Minh, wrote to us: "I can do it, I can change my life".