MORE AND MORE SCHOOLS FOR VIETNAMESE CHILDREN
This year has been a very busy and challenging one for our team. Now, it is time for us to look back on what we did and achieved this year and also to plan for the future. As we all know that there were a lot of natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, typhoons had come to Vietnam, especially in Quang Tri, where we are building a lot of schools. Although the construction depends on the weather a lot, we are always trying our best to get it done as our commitment to our donors and the community.
In 2013, we built 20 classrooms in Tra Vinh (8 classrooms for 2 kindergartens and 1 primary school), Dong Nai (2 classrooms for 1 kindergarten) and Quang Tri province (10 classrooms for 5 kindergartens and 1 primary school).
Tan Hung and Xuan Tay Kindergarten – two kindergartens built by SCC in 2013.
In addition to that, we also successfully organised seven “Challenge Days” for volunteers and donors’ staff who wanted to contribute not only their money but also their time and effort to do some cleaning, planting trees, decorating playgrounds, painting and so on for schools which were under construction as well as for those that needed maintenance. Credit Suisse have been 3 times with us on their “Challenge Days” and we are delighted to be with them in this year and they promise to come back with more trips and funds next year as well!
Volunteers from Prudential joining in a “Challenge Day”
Heading to the year of 2014, we aim to expand our project areas further south in the Mekong Delta, where education infrastructure is still in great demand, including Hau Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau. With the support of ANZ and Prudential, particularly, we are happy to announce that more than 13 schools with 43 classrooms, including kindergartens and primary schools, will be built in our three new project provinces in 2014. In addition, the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City has also committed funding for the building of a new primary school called Tan Hoa B in Tra Vinh Province with ten classrooms, two function rooms, hygiene facilities, playground and furniture – the biggest single commitment ever made from Consulate General of Japan HCM to an NGO in Vietnam.
Tan Hoa B Primary School will receive support from Consulate General of Japan in HCM to be rebuilt.
Although our School Building team will be quite busy next year with lots of projects waiting ahead already, we are very happy to have more safer and better learning environments for our children to enjoy their schooling.
We would like to thank all our friends and donors for your kind trust and support in the past year. The appreciation from the local people and children who receive the help from you is never going to be forgotten. All details of our School Building and Learning Environments projects are available on our website at www.saigonchildren.com. Please join us to make kindergartens as attractive places for children to learn, play and grow.