Dear GlobalGiving Friends,
Happy New Year!
On behalf of the GCSF team in Vietnam, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year and pass on news from our little friends of Khe Sanh.
The 2nd phase of this project has brought a computer, a large reading table for 10 students, 10 reading lamps, 4 outdoor reading benches, a cassette/CD player, 4 large bookshelves and many new books to the Pa Nho Satellite Branch of the Khe Sanh Primary School.
More than 130 young children (including over 100 from ethnic minority tribes) have benefited from this library addition since last month. The students now have immediate access to books since a bookshelf has been installed in each classroom. The cassette/CD Player has been particularly useful for learning correct pronunciation of both English and Vietnamese words for tribal children who primarily speak a Khmer-based dialect at home. This is a tremendous boost for these disadvantaged students.
“I love the bookshelf so much because it is colorful and has many books. I like reading the picture books. And I also love the CD player. I thought it was for playing music but you can also study English,” shared nine-year-old Dinh with a shy smile.
As we enter 2015, our goal remains to reach out to an additional 400 tribal children in a nearby commune. New books for the new year will be a precious gift to poor children of western Quang Tri Province. Thank you for being a key player in helping dreams come true through your generous contributions.
Chuc Mung Nam Moi!
Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam
Success, by mid-October 2014, we reached our funding goal for the mobile library in Pa Nho Village. The satelite library will provide 120 young tribal children access to library books. Thanks to you and your generosity in October, the project exceeded its financial goal!
GCSF brought the great news to the children and teachers at the main Khe Sanh Library School. What we got was a remarkable recommendation from Ngoc Anh, a fifth grader, “I’m so happy to know that our friends in Pa Nho Village will have books and bookshelves in their rooms. I think they will enjoy the reading a lot. But you know, there are more of my friends in the nearby villages who want to have such a luck like us. Do you think you can also help them to have books?”
Yes, Anh is right. There are more students in Khe Sanh area who are looking for such an opportunity. Khe Sanh Library has been very successful and we want to provide more support for the ethnic minority children by expanding the project to additional schools in the Khe Sanh area as a way to bring more opportunities of book-reading to disadvantaged children.
Therefore, we will extend the project to: (1) Provide scholarships and bicycles for poor ethnic minority children in Pa Nho village and (2) Provide 3 nearby satellite schools with over 400 ethnic minority children with mobile library packages.
News travels fast and so many more children in the surrounding villages are dreaming of having the same opportunity.
Once again, we would like to express our sincere gratitude towards your remarkable contribution to the education for children in the remote area of Central Viet Nam. Your continued support will multiply the number of young students who are looking for a chance to increase their knowledge via books.
Happy New School Year!
We are happy to see the students from Khe Sanh Primary School going back to school, enjoying their classes and the new library.
This year, GCSF is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. To recognize the passion and contribution of the young leader’s òf the Khe Sanh Library project, GCSF awarded Victoria and John Bergstrom the GCSF “Young Ambassador” Award. These two have contributed significantly their time and effort into helping to raise the funds for the library project. This is a great example of friends helping friends.
“I’m very impressed with the two youths from the Bergstrom family. At their age, I didn’t have such leadership and passion. Our students looked at them and felt they should be trying more. Victoria and John are setting the good example to my students”, said Mr. Tuan, Deputy Principal of the School.
Friends, you and your children can do more to provide education opportunities for the poor young students in the mountainous area in Khe Sanh. Let the young generation prove that they are capable of taking more responsibility and leadership.
We would again like to thank you all for your wonderful contribution to bring accessibility of books to the disadvantaged community. We also look forward to your further assistance to expanding the benefit of book reading and knowledge spreading to nearby Pa Nho village where 120 more tribal young children are longing for an equal opportunity.
It has been over a year since the library was put into use. 750 students and teachers are benefiting from it everyday.
The Principal just informed us that they would be sending Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Ha, the librarian, for continuing training during the summer vacation in order to improve her capacity for better service at the Library. After the training, Ms. Ha will be more capable in improving the traffic for the library, which now accommodates more than 10,000 books and 5 computers. After summer vacation, there will be replacement of old books by new books for the new school year. “It will be a lot of work for me to do during 2 months of Summer but I’m happy seeing the children enjoying the books and computer everyday.”, shared Ms. Ha.
On April 2014, Ms. Charissa Murphy from Global Giving made a visit to Khe Sanh Library and was introduced to the project. She was talking with the students and the Principal about the use of the library. “It was truly inspiring to learn about all of the details you shared about your programs and plans for expanded or new programs. It is evident that the work you're doing is very important”, commented Ms. Murphy.
We are looking forward to seeing the phase 2 of the project to be implemented, which will provide opportunity for 130 tribal students at the nearby neighborhood to get access to the same resource. “About 100 books will be rotated weekly from Khe Sanh Main School to its Satelite School in Pa Nho village. GCSF has committed to provide 3 big bookshelves, reading table and chairs, and extra books to Pa Nho village. With these, we can rotate books there so that the students don’t have to walk 3 kilometers to the Main School for reading.”, said Ms. Huong the Principal.
Friends, we appreciate so much for your generosity and look forward to your further contribution to make this phase 2 completed.
Happy Tet! The dedication ceremony for Khe Sanh Primary School Library was held after the students returned from the Vietnamese New Year vacation break. On February 21st, Headmistress Huong, teachers and students welcomed Mr. Luong from Huong Hoa District, Mr. Tran of the Khe Sanh local government and Global Community Services Foundation (GCSF) representatives to their school. In attendance on behalf of GCSF were board member Al Bergstrom with his family and staff members Nguyen Xuan Tam and Olivia Fernandes.
Following the ceremony featuring colorful dances by students, the guests toured the library and visited with teachers and students. "I like to use the internet to get material for my lesson plans, and my daughter, Hoang My, loves reading the English books in the library," shared Ms. Hahn, a teacher and mother of a 5th grader at the school.
GCSF representatives also visited a satellite school attended by over 130 ethnic minority students in the nearby village of Pa Nho. The second phase of the Khe Sanh Library project is establishing a bookmobile service from the library at the main campus to Pa Nho.
The generosity of all supporters of the project is deeply appreciated by the children and citizens of Khe Sanh.
Nguyen Xuan Tam & GCSF
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Quang Tri Province,