Dear GlobalGiving Friends,
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.
Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam
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
Construction of the Khe Sanh Primary School Library has been completed since the last report, and the building is now in use. The new library contains 10,000 books and 5 computers. These resources provide reading and research opportunities to over 750 students and teachers.
Phase 2 of the project will be implemented soon and provide a mobile component that will travel to more remote villages. With the addition of the mobile outreach program, this facility will enrich the lives of thousands in Khe Sanh and the surrounding countryside for many years to come.
The official dedication ceremony is being organized for the beginning of 2014, but students and teachers are currently using the library on a daily basis. About 100 students visit the library each day, and dozens of books have already been borrowed.
“My friends and I go to the library every day. I love learning from [a] computer. There is a lot to see and learn from the internet. We never have it at home.” - Ho A Li Sa, a 9-year old girl from the Paco tribe.
This project would not have been possible without generous friends from all over the world. We would like to extend a big “thank you” to all of our supporters for bringing knowledge and smiles to the disadvantaged children of Khe Sanh.
With warm regards and best wishes for 2014,
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