Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CEF students in need of education sponsorships

CEF regularly has students referred to us due to the relatives not being able to afford the education costs.  

It often is a death in the family that makes it impossible to afford the education costs as now there is just one income. Sometimes it is due to a serious illness in the family as they have large debts and loans to repay. It can be due to failed crops, death of all their livestock or just rising education costs that they simply can't meet that brings them to us asking for help.

After all the official paperwork has been done we do home interviews to make sure they really do need help, then we add them to the list of students in need of help.

Below are girls in need of help with their secondary school, high school and university education. There are also two boys in need of help because their families can't keep them in school. One boy is an orphan and one has a mother with mental illness and dad collects garbage. Without help they can't continue their education. These students sponsorships vary from US$320 to US$385 a year for school and from US$400 to US$700 for university. If you would love to take on a sponsorship please get in touch:


A CEF university graduate writes about finding a job

I would like to share my experience of finding a good job after I graduated from university. Before coming to Saigon, I was worried about having to start my life from scratch. I wondered how I might find a good career having graduated from a provincial university and with little work experience. Fortunately, I got a job working for Ho Chi Minh City Football Federation and although my salary isn’t high I enjoy my work.

I feel that being independent is a very important quality for each of us to develop, especially for girls who come from poor families. What we need is to do well and the results we achieve will be the best affirmation we can have.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A sponsor is needed to help her stay in school

V's mother has died, and dad has poor health and can't work much. He does work when well enough, but his income is only enough to feed them and pay the bills related to their living costs. The costs of education for his daughter are just too much for him, although he wants her to complete school and have a university education. Naturally he is very upset about their situation as he is dependant on others making it possible for her to receive an education.

If you can sponsor her for the last 4 years of her education please get in touch:

Part of a letter of one of CEF's university students

This is part of a letter from one of our CEF students at university about the challenges of adjusting to this new and different life and about the challenges of budgeting. All our students receive budgeting training either in the last year of high school or in the first year of university. Some get the knack of it and some don't unfortunately.  

....I am now a university student and I find my life has changed a lot. From being a girl living under the protection and care of my parents, I am now living alone in another city and I always have to manage on my own and adapt to my new environment alone. When I miss my parents, I usually call and talk to them on the phone. It helps me a lot because at least I feel their care despite not being able to talk with them face to face.
However, money is the most significant thing I have been worried about. Sometimes I run out of food money and only have instant noodles to eat for a while but I do not want to ask my parents to send me money too often.
I know that my education will be a long and challenging road but I will do my best to get to the end as I have chosen this journey and it will bring me a brighter future.......

Monday, August 14, 2017

A sponsor is needed for her to have a high school education

N needs a committed sponsor to help her go onto high school and complete her education.

School starts soon. She is deserving of a committed sponsor as she is a hard-working and clever young lady. Besides being conscientious about her home work she also is a big help at home as she takes a lot of responsibility for caring for her brother who has cerebral palsy.

Dad died leaving mum to care for four children including her son with cerebral palsy and life has been very hard for her since. She can't afford to keep N in school and CEF would love to see N have a high school education, as this will enable her to get a job after high school graduation.

Please get in touch with us at CEF if you can sponsor her through high school:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dental Care for CEF children ~ Guest blog by CEF's Ms Thuy

In poor families, both the adults and children won't go to see the dentist until they have had a very serious problem for a long time because they aren't able to afford the fess. That is why a free dental service is very meaningful to them.

Every summer CEF organizes some of our children to see the dentist. On Tuesday we arranged for 11 students from a mountainous area in Quang Nam and 9 students from the countryside around Hoi An city to come to Hoi An to receive dental care.

There they were taught how important it is to keep their teeth clean and how to do that. Then they were checked and had dental treatment if needed, such as adding a sealant, doing a filling or removing a seriously decayed tooth.

Students went home with their gifts of toothbrush, toothpaste, and a small cup.

Thank you very much to East meets West Dental Centre for treating the children.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nearly new and in very good condition

When it's time to move on from Hoi An, we do appreciate anything that is high quality and in very good condition still, such as footwear and clothing for our students whose age range is from 5-22.

Benjamin handed on his shoes recently. He had been growing too quickly to be able to wear them for long and they really were hardly worn. Two lads in our education sponsorship program were able to receive a pair of shoes each. It's such a simple gift, yet it made them both so happy.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Another challenging experience ~ Guest blog by Graeme CEF's Australian manager

We do all we can at CEF to keep girls living with their parents or relatives and in their communities, but sometimes this is a poor outcome for the girl. 7 year old M is a case in point. Last week her aunt was caught by police using her to beg and M is in fear of violence from this aunt, her alcoholic uncle and her granny, who is her carer. We visited her yesterday and granny agreed to let her go to live in the SOS village in Da Nang. We were very relieved knowing that this will bring to an end M’s fear of family violence and give her good care and education.

(Photo of M, granny and CEF's Ms Vy by Graeme)

New increase in CEF scholarships and sponsorships

Children's Education Foundation has just put up sponsorships and scholarships for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 years.

The increase in sponsorships covers inflation from the last year and covers the estimated inflation for the next two years. If inflation is lower than the estimation we will be able to keep the sponsorships the same for another year after that.

Our scholarships have gone up as we wish to include funds to give further support to the high school students from this predominantly ethnic community we work with near the Vietnam-Laos border, but also to be in a position to give some annual support to the parents. Some of the children have been passing over part of their scholarship to their family due to family health issues and ongoing grinding poverty.

We hope this change in payment will mean that the children will now use all funds given to them for their education. They are from such poor families that we understand why they have been doing this although we asked them not to do that, and explained that the funds were for their education only. They are such honest children that they told us they had given some funds and explained why. All reasons were totally valid and acceptable as many have very sad, challenging family situations.

From 7th July 2017:
Scholarships are now:US$200

Sponsorships are now:
US$260 for primary school students
US$320 for secondary school students
US$385 for high school students

Thank you for your support and interest in CEF,

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A new challenging situation for us at CEF ~ Guest blog by Graeme, CEF's Australia Manager

V is seven and lives with her grandad in a beautiful countryside setting two hours from CEF’s office. She has HIV and grandad is the only family member who is willing to look after her. Fearing the possibility of infection, granny refuses to and V’s parents are dead. Grandad tries his best to care for V but he is in poor health, recently had an operation on his spine and has a gambling habit. Previously, he had refused to give her up into care but on our last visit, realising that he could no longer look after her well he agreed for her to be looked after in a special home for children with HIV. Vy will receive proper medication and no longer be stigmatised by her disease.

(Photo by Graeme of V and granddad)