First of all, Happy New Year! SCC wishes you and your families all the very best in this holiday season.
We are very pleased to announce the launch of our latest campaign: “Keep on cycling - Keep on schooling”. For this innovative and exciting campaign, we are working with Mobivi, a leading ecommerce platform here, to raise funds to buy bicycles for disadvantaged children in the Mekong Delta.
To contribute, all you need to do is join our Facebook campaign here. This is a pretty simple action that you probably often do already; it is totally free and will take you less than 5 seconds! Better yet, you can help even more by spreading the campaign info in link below on to your friends.
For each of you and your friends who JOIN the campaign, SCC will receive 5,000VND (around 25US cents) from the sponsors. The project launches today. Take action now and, in no time, we can start shipping bicycles to children living more than 5kms (more than 1 hours walk!) from school.
It may sound too good to be true but it isn’t – the amazing sponsors have committed to provide up to 500,000,000VND ($25,000) for the whole campaign which includes 6 other NGOs. This means that the more “JOIN” SCC can generate for our campaign the more bicycles we can provide up to the maximum amount for the whole campaign.
The Power of Bike
Compared to walking, bicycles offer an enormous jump in productivity and, as well as an easier trip to school, they help with healthcare, education, and economic development opportunities and nowhere more so than in the Mekong Delta here in Southern Vietnam. A bicycle in the hands of a child changes everything. Instead of walking to school (a distance of 3 miles or more each way every day), children and young people with bikes arrive at school safe, fast, and ready to learn. Bicycles are fun too and represent an important addition to a child’s life – especially when this is most likely to be their only possession.
In rural Vietnam where the majority of our bicycles go, the distance to school is a principal factor in children dropping out of school. Can you imagine walking for an hour or more to school and then walking for an hour or more to go home? Now try to imagine doing that during the rainy season or at the height of summer! Then imagine doing that walk across fields and on unmade roads and you can start to imagine how easy it is for a child to decide, one day, that they just don’t want to go to school anymore. Providing a bicycle changes all that - instantly – it is that simple!
Besides education, families of students also benefit from the bicycle; it is common for a family member to borrow the bicycle to take goods to market during the day while a child is in school, and then return it in time for their child’s journey home.
As one donor said to us “Bicycles encourage freedom, personal responsibility, communication and social mobility and constitute a highly sustainable commodity especially in terms of time and ecology and an object of identification for the children”. You are so right Mr Hartung!
- Saigon Summer Ball
- Annual Saigon Cyclo Challenge
- Annual Charity Cycle Adventure
- Christmas and Tet cards