CAUSE & PURPOSE:
During a trip to visit our families in the summer of 2003, after almost 36 years since the day we left
Vietnamin 1967 to pursue our studies in the , we had the opportunity to visit Mui Ne, near Phan Thiet, a beautiful coastal city newly developed for tourists. US
In addition to enjoying the beach and the scenery around Mui Ne, we were quite saddened to witness the poor living conditions of many local children.
There were no toys for them to play with, no food for them to ensure the basic nutrition, no decent clothes to cover the dark skin exposed daily to the sun. Their daily life was comprised of wandering the streets - they were succumbed to the fate bestowed to them: illiteracy. Their parents, some illiterate themselves, were poor people who barely could make a living, were busy fighting with life to bring food to feed the whole family, therefore could not spend the time to educate their children.
Even though the development of tourist areas brought in work for numerous people, illiteracy prevented these parents from securing jobs.
Ensuring quality of life is a responsibility of the government but without intervention, we can see that these children will follow in their parents' footsteps and will not be able to read. They will miss out on better job opportunities when it is their turn to start making a living.
We therefore have decided to step in to give a helping hand to these children: build a new school and hire a few teachers to teach them the most basic necessities in life: to learn how to read and write so illiteracy will no longer be their handicap.
HOW THE SCHOOL WAS FINALLY COMPLETED:
2003: Organized fundraisings
2004: With the help of Prof. Nguyen Giao from
, after negotiating with the Vietnamese government, a small land near Mui Ne was donated. Phan Thiet, Viet Nam
2005: With the money we got from fundraisings, the construction of a classroom was started in Jan 1st of 2005 and completed on Jan 30th of 2005:
A classroom was completed
2005: We bought furniture (chairs, tables etc…) for the classroom in Feb 2005
2005: In March of 2005, we have 41 poor kids attending school. Local teachers were provided by the Vietnamese government
2006: we upgraded this classroom
An extra roof was added to keep the classroom cooler
Ceiling fan was added
Restroom was added outside the classroom
EXPENDING OUR HELP:
In 2007 when a big storm hit
and destroyed several schools, we used our fund to repair one elementary school there. Da Nang
The roof of an elementary school in
was destroyed by the storm Da Nang
Repairing the roof
Roof and Fence were completed
YEARLY HELP FOR OUR HOPE-FOR-KIDS STUDENTS
DURING THE VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR:
Founder of Hope For Kids