Dear GlobalGiving Friends,
Global Community Service Foundation would like to extend our gratitude to all donors for a successful launch of Build a School Library for Khe Sanh on GlobalGiving during 2012. The project received several donations on Global Giving's October 17th Bonus Day and with the 30% matching funds generated $2100. GlobalGiving's Gifts for Good Campaign featuring red lacquer boxes handmade in Vietnam raised $500. Over $400 in recurring donations and $225 through gift card donations have been contributed since November. These additional funds will permit GCSF to begin construction of the library by the spring. Building permits will be obtained after the beginning of the new year, and groundbreaking is anticipated by March.
The news of the "first real library" in the area has created much excitement as infrastructure improvements have been very slow reaching the more remote areas of Vietnam like Khe Sanh. It is estimated that 80% of the total land in Quang Tri Province was affected by unexploded ordnance by the late 1970s, and the clearing of explosives has been a long and expensive process. The 2nd photo shows the area behind the school where the library will be erected. The 3rd photo features a vision of the library's interior drawn by a student in Ms. Huong Vo's class. The library is projected to be completed by July 2013 and ready for the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
Wishing everyone peace and happiness in the year ahead,
Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam
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Quang Tri Province,