When SCC is also family
In more than 20 years of operation in Vietnam, SCC has always focused all our efforts on improving life for disadvantaged children by ensuring that they receive quality education and a fairer start in life. The evidence of SCC’s efforts is clear and present in areas where SCC provides scholarships; the drop-out rate has decreased considerably.
However, the figures alone are not enough for SCC. We understand that the children and their families need more than just school attendance to achieve a better - secured life. We hope to remove the image of young children carrying the burden of making a living on their frail shoulders when they are at such a young age and deserve the right to go to school. That is also the best way to help them prepare for their future. When she first met SCC staff members, Ngoc Quyen was hesitant to share the fact that her family could only afford to keep her at school until secondary school due to their financial struggles. However, with her strong determination and support from SCC, she is now a second-year university student at the University of Tien Giang.
Ms Truong Thi Huynh Nhu, a future pharmacist also studying in Tieng Giang but at the Medical College was joyous when she told SCC that her chosen college had sent her an acceptance letter. “So my dream of wearing the white blouse, bringing medicines to the patients, to have a healthier life is becoming true.” This joy is not only hers and her family’s but it is also what we hope to find in our journey of seeking and supporting children from challenging financial backgrounds.
The job of SCC’s staff does not stop at scholarship provision, the children and their families have become an important part of SCC. In SCC, we are a big family. Even when they are able to work and make a living for themselves, and eventually leave the support programmes of SCC, we still ask fondly about one another. We hope to be able to watch each step they take to become more mature, to know how confident they are now or if they still face difficulties in some turns of their lives to enable us to help them if they again fall into need. We are delighted to receive their letters, like the parents looking forward to their children’s letters from a land faraway. Some of the letters are long with careful hand-writing; others are short and written in a hurry to let us have a quick update of their situations. There are some very simple ones that ask us for the latest news about SCC. Mr Ha Huu Duy, a current university graduate from the University of Can Tho shared “With the scholarship from SCC, I could now pay my college fees for each semester, and save the remaining parts for necessary stationery.” In addition, under his own steam, he works hard after college to earn extra money for other necessities, and to help his mother and younger siblings.
The child development programme is one that we hope to receive mutual interactions from both sides. SCC gives this chance to our students, and they take that chance to turn their dreams into reality. And in the future they are the ones who give this chance to the next generation. This is the best way for SCC to grow steadily and be able to extend more help to even more children in need in the future.