In July 2015, a group of ANZ and SCC staff took a trip to Long My commune in Hau Giang province to investigate how many students needed financial support to get access to an education. ANZ and SCC are working closely together to provide scholarships as part of the 3E programme for the school year 2015-2016. In total during their trip, the team visited disadvantaged students from fifty households.
Following the investigation, 115 students were awarded scholarships in Luong Tam and Tay Do High Schools as well as 185 high school students from Tau Phu and Long My. On the 19th of September, the team came back to the high schools in Luong Tam and Tay Do to award the necessary 115 scholarships.
In Tay Do high school, ANZ’s representatives met and talked to six students whom had received home visits earlier this year. We met with Mai Tuong Lai, a tall, slim student who was very mature for his age. Lai’s family encountered a number of financial difficulties and could not support Lai’s education. They decided it was best for Lai to drop out of school and go to HCMC to find work. However, after a home visit from Ms. Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy from ANZ which provided encouragement, and the promise of financial support, Lai decided to continue his studies.
ANZ and SCC continue to work hard in providing scholarships for disadvantaged children in Vietnam. We can’t thank ANZ enough for their active support in the 3E programme.
Recently, when we are just about to put this article on our website, we have received a great story about Nguyen Thi Truc Phuong. She is studying at Long My high school and being supported with scholarship from Project 3E of ANZ, through Anh Duong Community Development Centre.
On 8th of October, she was one of the three girls represented adolescent girls to speak at the Celebration of International Day of the Girl Child (11/10) organised by Consulate General of Canada. She confidently talked about her story in front of 40 audiences, how hard it is for her and her family to keep her at school and she said she cannot continue going to school without the scholarship support; she also shared about social preconception for girls, particularly people think it's not necessary for girls to get high studying, and other limits and challenges for her as being a girl. But she loves going to school. We admire her passion for study as well as being proud of her and proud of what Project 3E is doing.