Thursday, April 8, 2010
Phuc Le is a small village in Thai Binh Province. Here nearly everyone farms or fishes, but in fish ponds. Most Vietnamese were either fishermen or farmers and still many are, but less as it is hard to make a living this way. It's an excellent means for providing your family with rice, vegetables and fish most years. Lean years are becoming more common with inflation, disease, flooding, typhoons and draught. Thai Binh province like many has seen more families struggling to survive.
We visit to make sure the educational sponsorship project is coming along well and to meet all the families and children face to face. One of my daughters went there for the second time to do a bi-annual assessment of the children we sponsor there. She went with a Vietnamese friend who has helped with assessments several times.
They visited families and checked on school reports, the child's health and the well being of the family and safety of their homes.
All was as well as can be expected, but once more we discovered that it is getting harder to survive. Considering how challenging it must be to find yourself becoming poorer they are a lovely and generally happy community that is grateful for all they have.
We have been notified of many more girls from Phuc Le and its surrounding hamlets in need of support to receive an education. If you are interested in supporting a child to receive an education please get in touch.
A calender will be available for 2010-2011. If you are interested please let us know. The photos will be Shanti's from this visit. To see her work some of her photos are included in this post.
With love and appreciation for the support we have from our sponsors. Linda