Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Friday, October 1, 2021
CEF's Kim Chi shares about a newly sponsored student:
Duyen is a new student we took into CEF’s education sponsorship program this year starting with grade 10. Not only is she a ‘good’ student but also caring and responsible. Living with her dear mom and grandparents in a remote area since her parents divorced, she is aware of her family’s poverty and tries harder each year with her studies. It is wonderful that she is sponsored to continue her education. Big thanks to CEF’s big sponsor, Mr Richard for making this possible. Here is Duyen’s message she wanted to share when I called to let them know she got sponsorship from CEF.
‘I am truly thrilled to receive your support which is also of sentimental value, to motivate me to try harder in the future. I cannot choose the family I live with, but I can opt for the way to live. Although my parents divorced when I was three years old, my mother brought me up in her tiny warm hands and gave me all her love. My grandparents love me so much, and they are nearly 90 years old. Being aware of my family’s poverty, I have always try my best to attain good results over the years. My achievements will bring me a better future and also make my family proud of me. From now on, I have you who will accompany me on my pathway, so I really appreciate it. Thank you!’
Saturday, September 4, 2021
It's been a strange year or so for our students with some online learning and some class time. Being in class is not what it used to be though, as now there are half the numbers in class and wearing masks. In the play ground all play has to be without close proximity and some schools don't allow play time.
Many more people have asked for help this year as many have been without employment for some time. It's been a hard time on families here, but this is not an unusual picture around the world now, due to Covid.
We have scholarship and sponsorship students in need of help and if helping a girl to remain in school is of interest please do get in touch.
Sponsorship costs depend on the grade the girl is in:
Primary US$260 a year
Secondary US$320 a year
High school US$385 a year
Scholarships are for high school students in the mountains near the Vietnam-Laos border and these are for ethnic students, although occasionally we help others when in urgent need of support:
US$200 a year
Reporting on the students is once a year with photos, a message to the sponsor and a report on their year.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Anh is another student who decided to put in an application to university using her results in math, literature and English over the three years of high school instead of using her final high school exam results. She received the good news in the late evening and couldn’t sleep as she didn’t believe her eyes. She sent me this sweet message:
‘I had mixed feelings of joy and sadness receiving this news. I had been sad and had been crying on and off as I read earlier in the day that I required a score of 26.95/30 to study Korean as Da Nang University, and my average score in the three subjects was 26.89/30. I had a strong belief that I would be able to pass this course, but unbelievably this year required a higher score!
On the same day, at 11 PM, I got an email from the university confirming that I was accepted into Da Nang University of Foreign Language Studies, to major in Korean, my first choice for my university studies. The first prize I got in the provincial merit competition in history in grade 12 was a credit which went towards my university application. I was over the moon and wanted to let my parents know right away, but they were sleeping. I couldn’t sleep that night, so I told my elder sister and sent messages to my best friend and CEF. I am still in seventh heaven right now! It is a result of my three-years of effort and a good start for my future.’
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Sadly due to Covid and social restrictions we are not able this summer to run some programs we had planned on. At CEF we believe our students need support in many ways, not just the education they receive at school.
One of the programs we run each summer is Water Safety Day, where we teach our students all about water and the ocean and how to stay safe in and around it. We also teach them to float and swim and afterwards we take them to the movies. The children love this day for the socializing, food and movie mainly, but they do appreciate learning about the dangers of water and learning how to float and swim.
Friday, January 1, 2021
I know worldwide many have had a challenging year, more than most. It is a sad situation to hear of and see the suffering over the last year here due to Covid19, floods and landslides. We have been deeeply touched by all the wonderful support we have received internationally and locally. We hope for is that 2021 will not see so many suffering.
Here in Vietnam many suffered due to Covid19, not because they got ill and died, as deaths were very few and only from the second bout, but due to the results of our very strict social distancing rules and the gradual stopping of international flights, reducing tourism to just some local domestic tourism. It has meant large scale unemployment with many reinventing themselves, to find a way to bring in an income to support their families. The employment situation now is a little better with some having low incomes and domestic tourism has increased and consequently more restaurants, cafes, homestays and hotels have reopened. Sadly too late for many which shut down permantently and have been on the market for six months or more.
We are most grateful for all the care we received to help others less fortunate, when things have not been easy for many of you too. Thank you so much.
Thank you to all who have helped in various ways over this last year which includes my board, advisors and volunteers as well as all the local people who raised funds too. Together we can make a big difference. Thank you.
We all wish you a healthy, fulfilling and good 2021,
Linda Hutchinson-Burn, the CEF staff and CEF management
Children's Education Foundation - Vietnam