Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Education is the Key to a Brighter Future

University Scholarships

On Monday, education was the theme. We were invited by the People’s Committee to formally meet with students who are receiving scholarships from Children of Vietnam. It was thrilling to meet the young people, but even more moving for the students to meet the family who is funding their education. Some of the stories were so very moving.

One young lady tearfully explained how her mother was so happy when she passed the university exam. Their joy quickly turned to sadness when they realized that there was no way they could fund her education. The mother first sold the family’s only pig to provide clothing for her daughter and left the rest to fate. COV was the blessing they were looking for.

Children of Vietnam is funding 47 university students this year, thanks to the generosity of our donors. When we see the conditions these children live with, it is hard to imagine how they succeed. It is through hard work and commitment. What a joy

Mang Non Kindergarten, Hai Chau District
The kindergarten teacher had just gotten them settled for a late morning nap but when we arrived a nap was out of the question! This little people are full of swagger! They laughed and giggled, hugging pushing, each wanting their picture taken. This kindergarten was built with the funds of a generous single donor. It provides all day enriching care from 7:00am to 5:00pm with four meals for poor children who come from very poor families.

Tutoring for Street Children
In the evening, we visited the DaNang Street Children Tutoring Program. Children of all ages are tutored in small groups in algebra, trigonometry, English, and other subjects. Younger children practice math and language skills. COV is funding this program, which includes a meal – a big draw for the children. Many of the children live in a dormitory setting, while others live with family members in poor situations.

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