The social workers in our scholarship team have just returned from a long field trip – visiting almost 1000 children across 2 provinces.
One of them, Ms. Thu, visited Tay Ninh province and came across a 14-year-old girl called Sang. Sang means wealth in Vietnamese - but that’s not really a word you’d use about Sang’s life.
She lives in Tay Ninh Province, located in the southeast area of Vietnam. The province shares its Western border with Cambodia, and as with border-crossings allover the world, smuggling is a lucrative business.
Some children leave school to work for smugglers of cigarettes and alcohol, but a certain group of children are targeted to become the smuggled goods.
Trafficking of young girls between Vietnam and Cambodia has become a serious problem in Tay Ninh in recent years, as some girls are sold by their families; others are lured across by tales of wealth and by their own poverty or lack of awareness.
In most cases, lack of education lies at the heart of the problem, so SCC works with determined vigilance to encourage both girls and their families to invest in their daughters’ education.
When Sang was 10, her father had an accident, and his head injuries left him with a mental disability and unable to work. His altered state made Sang’s mother leave the family, and Sang had to take over the responsibility for her father and younger brother.
To earn money for food and school fees, Sang sells lottery tickets every afternoon after school - even in-between classes when her friends are playing and enjoying the time of just being children.
Sang is now 14 and in 8th grade – a crucial time for disadvantaged young people who want to pursue education, since the pressure to find a stable income for their family, become only heavier the older teenagers get.
Sang is determined not to become part of the high statistics of young people that drop out before receiving their high-school certificate - she studies every night until late. Her road to school is long and often flooded in rainy season, and the little family of three cannot afford a bicycle for her.
Our Urgent Support takes care of these kind of extraordinarily essential cases, providing reading glasses, medicine, extra tuition or as in Sang’s case – a bicycle.
Please support young people like Sang to reach their goal of finishing high-school – you can donate here today. Thank you!