Thursday, April 12, 2018

A simpe and essential need has been fulfilled ~ a new bathroom

 Recently I posted on Facebook that we needed funds to help make a bathroom possible for this CEF student as she has recently been orphaned and then was left living on her own. She was very vulnerable considering she had no wash room and no bathroom and no one to protect her.
Thanks to donations from Zoe and Jacqui towards the costs of building a bathroom, she now has one. She is thrilled as this is the first time in her life she has had a bathroom and we are thrilled for her too!


 Shower and tap

Side of bathroom with water tank on top.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Humans of Children's Education Foundation ~ 1st post ~ translated by CEF's Thuy Tran

Many of you will have seen or read Humans of New York. We are doing some posts that our CEF children have written. So here is the first post on the Humans of Children's Education Foundation.
Our first human is Duong, and this is translated by Thuy Tran:
"I live in a poor mountainous area of Quang Nam and study at a high school downtown. I go to school with my friends by bicycle twice a day, in the morning for the main classes, and in the afternoon for the compulsory tuition sessions. It usually takes me thirty minutes from home to school if I ride as fast as I can, or forty-five minutes if I ride more slowly. By talking to my friends on the way, I feel the trip to school is much shorter. I also enjoy going to school by bike as I have a chance to do exercise and it’s good for my health. Since my brother went to university two years ago, he left his bike for me to use. I really like it as is both cool and in good condition. It hasn’t broken down at all since I started using it, so I haven’t been late for school. "

Monday, April 9, 2018

About a CEF university student ~ Guest blog by Graeme, CEF's Australia manager (in Vietnam at present)

T is in her second year at university studying IT. This year has been a struggle for her because she contracted dengue fever and was still suffering from headaches when I met her a few weeks ago. She works as a volunteer in a blood donation organisation and it was when she tried to give blood that she discovered she had dengue. Her parents are too poor to contribute to her university costs and her  brother and cousin borrowed the money needed for her treatment. Despite her ordeal she was bright and cheerful and keen to resume the English course she had to give up because of her illness. All university students in Viet Nam are now required to attain a TOEIC certificate of English competence before they graduate and she told me she wanted to complete this as soon as possible so she has more time for the essentials of her course in years 3 and 4. Without the generous help of her sponsor, Brian, T would not be at university.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

About two of CEF's university students from an ethnic community in Phuoc Son

This CEF second university student is studying to be a biology teacher. It has been hard for her for many reasons, such as having never lived away from home, or in a large city, Vietnamese not being her first language as she is from an ethnic community, and having to live far from her family who are in the mountains outside of Phuoc Son.
She has adapted well and each term her results have been improving. It's been a huge change for her and we are proud of her and how well she is doing considering the challenges.

Life is challenging for this CEF university student, who is determined to do whatever she can to stay in university although she has not been doing well. Her parents who have many children with three of them in school still, thought they could help support her with her living costs, but they can't. So she took a part time job working 5 hours each evening to try and make ends meet. Then she tried to study late at night after work. She got ill, spent some time in hospital and missed lectures and study.
She has now stopped the job to make sure she can care for herself more and have study time for the forthcoming exams and then will return to working part time once they are over and full time through the summer and save for the following year. CEF will provide further support for her living costs. We admire her determination to be university educated in such a challenging situation. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Event in Hoi An to support Children's Education Foundation

On April 22nd there will be an event to support Children's Education Foundation. Hoi An Social club has organized the event at Hoi An Silk Senses.

The first of the two vouchers is for two nights accommodation for two in a deluxe room at Hoi An Silk Marina including breakfast. The other is a private three hour vegan cooking class for one using local fresh vegetables with an experienced cooking teacher.

More vouchers are on their way and I look forward to sharing the good news.     

Sunday, April 1, 2018

About home visits

Today we were in the mountains doing home visits. These visits are a delight usually as we love catching up face to face with the children and families. Sometimes they are challenging as we need to speak sternly with the children about doing sufficient home work. 

We go by motorbike to some homes, but by car to most as they are mainly far away from the office. We sometimes have to walk a while to get to them, past farms and rice fields. 

Most families although poor, are very generous, and provide water or tea and yesterday one family had snacks available and lunch for us too.

We do the updates with both the child and a parent or grandparent or who ever the main person is who cares for them. We finish by taking photos to send to their sponsors with their annual update.

Friday, March 30, 2018

What makes me happy at work ~ Guest blog by CEF's Ms Thuy Tran

At work, I always feel very happy and grateful when I see the improvements that our students are making in both their studies and their life skills. It makes me believe that a better future is waiting for them and it is also what I am looking for. Chien, a 2nd year ethnic minority student in our program, is an example. Her dream is to be a teacher to help others in her mountainous village. In her family her mother is windowed and has seven children. I still remember our first meeting when she was in grade 11 and she was very quiet and shy then. With CEF’s support and her efforts, she became the first child in her family to go to university. At the beginning of her university studies, she found it very challenging to keep up with the other students, so she studied much more and got better results each term. She shares with us about her life more now and asks for help when she has challenges. I am very happy to see her coming out of her shell and now helping other CEF ethnic minority students because of her experience.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

About home visits ~ Guest blog by Graeme, CEF's Australia manager, in Vietnam at present

One of the aspects of work here in Viet Nam that I enjoy most is visiting families in their homes. Every home is different from the simplest ramshackle one room house on the outskirts of town to that sheltering a large family, surrounded by rice fields with mountains in the distance and dogs, cats and hens running freely in the living room. Tiled floors, mud floors, windows or holes in the wall, rusty corrugated iron roofs and moss covered weathered tiles. We spend time sitting with the child’s mother or father, granny, grandad or aunt asking how they are, how the rice harvest was or how their health is and talking with the child about school, their holidays, what they are enjoying and what they are struggling with. On most visits something happens that, in some way or other, reveals that knowing their girl or boy will finish school has made life for the family a little easier, a known among all the uncertainty they face.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Some of the CEF children we visited yesterday to do updates

 She's a happy, bubbly, hard-working young lady. Our concern with her is that she is alone at home a lot. Yesterday we checked she understood the recent talk on child sexual abuse and asked mum to make sure that she was not left alone at night time particularly.

One of the twins. Our concern is that she isn't spending as much time as she should on homework at this stage in her education. She plans to increase her home work time. 

She hasn't thought enough about what next. School is coming to an end soon and yet she hasn't thought about her future and what career interests her, or what she would love to study.  She plans to do some research soon and then discuss her findings with our staff.  

She's in her first year of university and the change from a quiet country life to her university life in a large city has been quite a dramatic change and she feels that she is just now adjusting and will be able to concentrate more on her studies. 

Three of CEF's university students ~ Guest blog by Graeme, CEF's Australia manager in Vietnam at present

I recently talked with three students in CEF’s university program, Quynh, Yen and Chuyen. They are in years three, one and four and majoring in Japanese, Electrical Automation and Software Testing respectively. They are all doing well.
Chuyen graduates next year once she has completed her final project and wants to work in web design. Quynh improved her Japanese by hosting a group of young Japanese university students, who also have invited her to come to Japan. Yen has made the transition from a quiet rural farming life to the hectic and challenging one of being a student in a large city.