Dear GlobalGiving Friends,
It is now summer time and our young friends in Khe Sanh are enjoying their Summer Vacation. During this time, the library will be closed temporary for students. However, to prepare for the new school year that will begin mid-August, the librarians and responsible teachers are working for selecting old worn books and replacing them with new ones. They are also working on the maintenance of cassette player, bookshelves and computers. Everything inside the library must be ready in good shape to serve 760 students in the new school year of 2015-2016.
“Despite of summer vacation, my work is still a lot. There are worn books that need to be removed and replaced. I also need to work with a carpenter to check on the bookshelves and make sure they are still working. Besides, the IT teacher also works with me to check on the computers.” shared Ms. Ha, the librarian.
While the students in Khe Sanh Primary School are going to continue enjoying their books in the new school year, there are still more than 400 tribal students in the nearby communes who are looking for such an opportunity.
GCSF is seeking to support at least 10 packages of books and bookshelves which can be put into 10 classrooms in Thanh commune where 100% of students are ethnic minority children. Books will be a meaningful gift for these 400 children in the new school year.
Friends, GCSF trusts that we can join hands to realize this dream to our little Vietnamese friends.
Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam
Spring has arrived in the mountainous town of Khe Sanh, and our young friends are having a great time with their classes and reading. Close to 1,000 books circulate weekly between Khe Sanh Main and Pa Nho Satellite Schools with 760 young students enjoying reading daily.
In early March, the children invited some American friends and shared time with them. The American veterans also came to see how the town has changed and noted the better educational opportunities of this generation.
“It seems that since GCSF started the library project in this remote place, we receive more foreign visitors. The children enjoy making new friends and love to practice speaking English with them. The English learned from books and the cassette player can now be put to use, and they feel so excited.” shared Ms. Huong, Principal of Khe Sanh Primary School.
GCSF is committed to helping more children obtain a better education, and a library provides a good foundation. Our goal over the next few months is the addition of a mobile library to bring books to 400 tribal students in the nearby communes.
A library can open the world to the local children and expand their minds. Please join hands with us to help the disadvantaged children in the region receive the benefit of free academic books.
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!
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.
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Quang Tri Province,