Project #169 | Educational Empowerment in Vietnam
Our partnership with PeaceTrees Vietnam
In the two western-most districts of the Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, near the Lao border, over three-quarters of the people in the region are members of either the Van Kieu or Pa Ko ethnic minorities. Ethnic minority communities face significant language, educational, and cultural barriers. The poverty rate in this area is more than 50% among ethnic minority families. In addition, injuries suffered from unexploded ordinance left over from the Vietnam war places even more financial strain on families already struggling to provide for themselves. As a result, children are often unable to attend school, ultimately winding up in a cycle of poverty as they grow up without an education and have fewer economic opportunities.
Through our partnership with PeaceTrees, children in Prin Thanh Village were able to enjoy an environment of educational empowerment that helped provide otherwise unreachable educational opportunities. Access to education is a proven poverty reduction measure as it allows children to go to school, develop tangible skills, and become more economically secure. The Educational Empowerment Project recognized that interventions must be both holistic and strategically targeted for students to continue their education successfully. PeaceTrees Vietnam was able to successfully construct a new kindergarten classroom that doubles the capacity of the existing kindergarten, provide nutritious lunches for kindergarten children, and award scholarships to support landmine accident affected and low income ethnic minority students’ educational success.
Our collective impact
School Lunches Provided
Meet Nguyen Thi Thu Hien
Nguyen Thi Thu Hien has been an early child educator in Prin Thanh Village for 10 years. Prior to the construction of of Prin Thanh Kindergarten, Hien was teaching 3-5-year-old children in the same classroom, which made it very difficult to find teaching approaches suitable for all of the children. In addition, the kindergarten building was unable to accommodate all of the children in the village, meaning that some children had to travel up to 2km away from their homes to attend school. However, with the construction of the Prin Thanh classroom, at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year Ms. Hien and the other kindergarten teachers have been able to separate the children by age, which, she says, “allows for more effective teaching and accommodations for all of the kindergarten aged children in the village!”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.