Dear GlobalGiving Friends,
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.
Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam
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,
We are excited to inform you that construction of the Khe Sanh Library is now at the halfway point. A crew of five builders has been working on the library, and the walls have been erected. The floor, roof, doors, windows and painting will soon follow. The contractor, Mr. Dai, projects the building will be complete in another two weeks. Fortunately, the weather has been cooperative with most days being predominantly sunny with a short shower in the afternoon.
GCSF will be purchasing the interior furnishings and computers during the next few weeks. “I’m happy to see the construction going well and the children are eager to see their first library”, said Mrs. Marcia Selva, GCSF President, during her visit to the Khe Sanh Primary School in early September 2013. The library is anticipated to be complete by the end of September 2013 provided the favorable weather continues.
Again, we are grateful for your generosity and look forward to sharing photos of the completed construction soon.
We made it! Thanks to the success of the recurring donation campaign last December and the generous contributions on the recent GlobalGiving Bonus Day, the Khe Sanh School Library Project has surpassed its funding goal of $26,000. We are happy to inform you of the approaching groundbreaking with a ceremony scheduled for 15 July 2013.
The bid review process has been completed, and a contractor has been selected. The legal documents between GCSF and the Huong Hoa District Department of Education and Training (DOET) are being processed with a memorandum of understanding to be signed first.
Library construction is expected to last about 5 weeks, and furnishing will be complete in an additional two weeks. With the completion of the library in August, more than 700 students and 40 teachers will begin the new school year beginning on 5 September 2013 with a new library. "We wish to have a library for so long and now it is becoming visible. My students are very excited when they hear the news that the library will be built in a few weeks," shared Headmistress Huong Vo.
The steady progress of this first GCSF project with GlobalGiving has been a positive experience. We look forward to sharing photos of the construction progress this summer and on to project completion. With our sincere gratitude for your support,
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