A student stands in front of the shacks where she and her schoolmates live in order to be near their school in Nghe An Province
The Vietnam Youth Federation and Thanh Nien newspaper are raising funds to build boarding houses for poor students in remote impoverished areas across the country.
The launching ceremony for the program held at the paper’s editorial office on June 10 included the participation of vice chairman of the Vietnam Youth Federation Nguyen Phi Long, Ho Chi Minh City director of the Ministry of Education and Training Do Quoc Anh, entrepreneurs and celebrity ambassadors.
Long said the lives of people in remote areas are still difficult despite government policies to help them.
“The difficulties have affected the studies of many local students. We launched the program to build boarding houses so the children can stay near the school instead of walking long distances each day, especially in the rain and cold.”
He said the program’s organizers plan to build between three to five boarding houses every year through 2017.
Thanh Nien‘s Editor-in-Chief Nguyen Quang Thong, said he had learned about the difficulties facing children in remote areas on visits to hand out gifts to them for previous charity programs, including those in Nghe An Province’s Ky Son District.
“Many children have to pass a mountain or dozens of kilometers in the forest on foot to get to school. Some parents build small shacks for them to stay near the school.”
He said several children share a shack without electricity and take turns going home to get rice and salt for their poor-quality meals consisting of only rice and wild vegetables.
“They really want to study and they should be supported,” he said.
According to the Ministry of Education and Training, many students in remote areas have dropped out of school due to poverty and the far distance between home and school.
Anh said the program will not only help them continue their schooling but also protect their lives that are threatened by harsh conditions when crossing mountains, forests and streams in order to get to school.
Five celebrities have volunteered to be ambassadors to the program: beauty queen Thu Huong and singers Uyen Linh, Thanh Thao, Duc Tuan and Ha Anh Tuan.
At the launching ceremony, many entrepreneurs made donations to the program, including the Vietnam Airports Corporation, HD Bank, the Duy Loi Company, the Dong Tam Group and the Hoa Sen Group.
Thanh Nien is asking for donations from readers, companies and philanthropists to build boarding houses for schoolchildren living in poor and remote areas.
Donations can be sent to the headquarters of Thanh Nien at 248 Cong Quynh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (Tel: (84.8) 3839 4046 – 3932 2026 – 3833 2955) or: Thanh Nien’s representative offices in cities and provinces across the country, or the office of Vietnam Youth Federation at 64 Ba Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi or 145 Pasteur, District 3, HCMC (Tel: (84.4) 6263 1989 or (84.8) 3822 8962).
Donations in Vietnamese dong or other foreign currencies can also be sent to Thanh Nien’s bank accounts: 068704070066977 at Ho Chi Minh City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank (HD Bank) or 14010001038244 at the Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) Saigon Branch.