|New football field opened for children in Tien Giang's district|
|Remove barriers to education for Vietnamese disadvantaged children|
|Saigonchildren rebuilds old school benefiting over 600 children in An Giang|
|Photo courtesy of saigonchildren|
After four months of having to study in temporary rooms borrowed from local residents, over 90 students of the Hoa Long B site of Kim Dong primary school (Kinh Cung township, Phung Hiep district, Hau Giang province) happily welcomed a new classroom, a new playground and a beautiful toilet block.
In addition to support from the local authorities, the project was made possible with financial support from individual donors (Tsanh My Linh, Tam Tran) and corporate donors (BASF, MKVN, HP, Nippon Paint Vietnam).
As part of the inauguration ceremony, BASF, HP and their partners donated a library of books and a computer set along with a printer to support teachers and students.
After the ceremony, they also hosted sessions of chemistry experiments and colour mixing to introduce science to the children.
Kinh Cung township in Phung Hiep district, is one of the poorest in the province with 11 per cent of all households classified as poor.
According to the Ministry of Education & Training less than half of primary schools in the Mekong Delta province are permanent structures built of concrete.
|The project has built a new classroom, a toilet block and a playground on a area of 357 square meters for the Kim Dong Primary School in Kinh Cung township. Photo courtesy of saigonchildren|
Speaking at the ceremony, Angelique Masse Nguyen, Head of Fundraising and Communications at saigonchildren, said, “Building schools in remote areas is one of our core programmes to provide disadvantaged children with access to education. When we build a school, we are in fact contributing bricks to build a generation’s future.”
Before the renovation, the schoolchildren attended their classes in rundown facilities that were built in 1996 with basic structures and materials. The new facilities will not only give them a safer and more comfortable place to learn, but also help them practice hygiene and develop various other life skills through play.
Saigon Children's Charity CIO (saigonchildren) was founded in 1992 to help disadvantaged children in Vietnam to escape from the cycle of poverty by giving them an education and a fair start in life.
With more than 25 years of experience, saigonchildren has now built and renovated more than 534 classrooms and has supported more than 41,000 children and young people with scholarships and vocational training.
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