On the 4th of July 2015, the team from Project 3E visited 50 families in Long My district, Hau Giang, a new province in Mekong delta. The team consisted of six people from ANZ, two from SCC and social workers from Anh Duong Centre, the local partner of SCC. The families were targeted as part of the Project 3E: Educate. Enrich. Employ, a partnership between ANZ and SCC, which started from October, 2013. The project’s aim is to provide 300 scholarships for disadvantaged secondary school students in Long My district, Hau Giang province for the upcoming term.
As the province was so far from Ho Chi Minh City, the team had to depart from HCMC and stay overnight in Can Tho before heading to Hau Giang at 6am the following day. This was to ensure they could complete their task in one single day. Despite the early start, the team was full of energy and eagerness to put the project into action. The group was split into six teams to visit about 50 households in 11 communes in Long My district. Their job was to survey all the families they met to find out more information about their living situation.
Together with Anh Duong Centre, the team travelled by motorbikes deep into the Vietnamese countryside. Using ferries and rural roads, it wasn’t easy to find all the students’ houses. Yet, each survey was carefully and thoroughly completed with all the necessary information. The surveys conducted ensure that the scholarships are offered to students who are keen to learn and who need the support the most.
The team worked hard throughout the day and despite the constantly changeable weather and having no time to take a break, they continued to remain enthusiastic in finishing their tasks. Ms. Thuy, a member of ANZ, shared that this was the first time she joined SCC on a trip in the field. She felt that even though it was a long day, it was so interesting to learn more about the students’ situation and experience the practical daily work of SCC.
In one of the households the team visited in hamlet 12, Vinh Vien commune, they met Mr. Dong. He was the father of Loi, one of the students under project need assessment, and he was very happy to meet the team. Mr. Dong expressed his appreciate of education: “I always encourage my son to go to school. Otherwise, I would have let him drop out of school when he failed his entrance exam to go to secondary school. As long as he wants to study, I will try my best to get him to school”. At that time, we could not meet Loi as he was working to earn money for his school fees for his next school year. Like Mr. Dong, many of the families the team visited see the value of how important education is for their children and are committed in helping them study as best they can.