Global Community Service Foundation

Working to reduce poverty in Southeast Asia through sustainable community-based projects.
Jan 9, 2017

Happy Holidays!

The girls are reading in the school yard
The girls are reading in the school yard

We are very happy for our achievements in helping students near Khe Sanh town get access to books and computers via GCSF’s Library Program. More than 800 students, most of whom are ethnic minority children from Pako tribe and Van Kieu tribe, have benefited from our Library Program.

In 2017, GCSF Vietnam wants to extend our efforts to deliver books and computers to 403 ethnic minority students from Huong Phung Middle School. Among these students, 220 are boarding students because their families live far away from the school. In average, these students have to travel about 8 km to go to school. Many don’t even have bicycle to cover this distance. “We want the students to use their break times in a meaningful way. Having a library with interesting books and computers with internet access would be an attractive and useful leisure time opportunity. Besides, our students are from 12 to 15 [in age] and they are entering their pubic age. We want to take advantage of the library to provide sex education and reproductive health education for the students through books and websites with those topics”, shared Mr. Cong*, Principal of Huong Phung Middle School. 

For these ethnic minority students, Middle School education is important. It is instrumental in determining plans for the next stage of their life: further education or marriage. Because of traditional culture and the lower level of education, many get married by the age of 16 and do not have the opportunity to move on to High School, which provides them with the chance to be more successful in life. A library offers additional educational enrichment and a better chance to finish their secondary level of education. Once they finish Middle School, High School will welcome them with a chance for college, which can secure these tribal children with a good job. These students are considered the future generation of their own tribes, who will hopefully be the next generation of leaders fort their homeland if they receive adequate educational opportunities.

GCSF Vietnam would like to offer this educational opportunity to these disadvantaged children in the mountainous area near Khe Sanh, the former battlefield in Vietnam War. Your support is vital to our achievement of this goal. Together, we can give this invaluable gift to our young friends in Vietnam.

* There are no last names in this report

A tribal girl studying alone during lunch break
A tribal girl studying alone during lunch break
Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year

Ms. Cuc is instructing the midwives in a training
Ms. Cuc is instructing the midwives in a training

Best greetings from Southeast Asia. GCSF would like to show our appreciation for your generous support for the past year.

The last year has witnessed the successful implementation of the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) and Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) for 36 communes in Central Vietnam. Each of these communes is now having a midwife or traditional birth attendant who has the skills and knowledge to handle onsite delivery and intervention in case the baby needs help.

So far, nearly 300 midwives and traditional birth attendants have been trained in HBB and ECEB. These health workers are serving totally more than 70 communes in Quang Tri province and Hue province in Central Vietnam. More than 5,000 pregnant women are benefiting from this program. By the end of 2016, 10 doctors and nurses were trained to be the trainers. They themselves delivered the training to 140 local health workers in the last mission. In 2017, these local trainers will be delivering another mission in the neighbor province in Laos.

“I attended the last two trainings that GCSF delivered in 2014 and 2016 and was certified to be a trainer for HBB and ECEB. I have used my knowledge during my teaching at Quang Tri Medical College. This is a very useful program. I think GCSF should extend this program to other provinces in Vietnam and to Laos too. I’m excited to participate into the next mission”, shared Ms. Cuc, a lecturer from Quang Tri Medical College who got trained to be a trainer for this program.

GCSF Vietnam is aiming to expand the mission to Savannakhet province in Laos in 2017. This is the biggest province of Laos, covering 152 communes, with limited healthcare system. “We were introduced about this program and felt very interested. We needed this for our training program. Our midwife students will find this type of training beneficial for them”, shared Dr. Paniphone from Savannakhet College of Health Science. Besides, 40 midwives and traditional birth attendants will also join in the training. 

10% of the newborn, especially those from rural and remote areas in developing countries, need some type of intervention which can prevent unexpected casualty. Together we can expand this meaningful mission in Southeast Asia to benefit the disadvantaged community. With your kind support, our mission in 2017 can be accomplished satisfactorily.

Thank you for your support.

The midwives are practicing HBB skills
The midwives are practicing HBB skills
Oct 11, 2016

New School Year 2017

Students gathering for New School Year
Students gathering for New School Year

September welcomed the students in Khe Sanh back to school. These ethnic minority children are eager to start the new school year after two months of enjoyment and relaxation..

GCSF Vietnam is happy to inform you that there have been more than 800 students from Khe Sanh Primary School, Pa Nho Satellite School and Ban 1 Satellite School enjoying the library gifts within our Mobile Library program in Vietnam since the program started in 2012. Over 2000 books are circulated among the students on a monthly basis. Five computers in the main Library at Khe Sanh Primary School are busily used by more than 730 students and 40 teachers.

Khe Sanh Primary School has just held its new school year event for the 2016-2017 school year on the 5th of September, 2016. In this new school year, 135 new students, out of 750 students of the school, are going to have an opportunity to improve their knowledge with the Library. In this new school year event, 46 uniform clothes were given to 46 new ethnic minority students in first grade as a gift from GCSF's friends. This is a meaningful gift for these poor students just entering school life. Meanwhile, in Ban 1 Village School, the current 56 ethnic minority students are continuing enjoying their reading habit in their new library installed by GCSF Vietnam last year. 

"I'm excited with the new school year. Compared with the total number of students last year, there are 15 more this year. There will be lots of work for our librarian but I believe she loves to see the students using the books and computers there", shared Ms. Huong, the School Principal.

Meanwhile, in the neighborhood, more than 400 students from Secondary school and High School of Huong Phung commune have to travel 10 miles from home to have their schooling. They have plenty of time in the break between morning session and afternoon session but have nothing to do. A library would be both an opportunity for extra learning and a solution for useful break-time use for these ethnic minority students.

"My students have a long lunch break and after-class break, they just sit there chatting. Some of the boys and girls even start dating. Just because they have nothing to do. We don't have a library to attract them into reading and sharing good information. We have some fund but it is not enough for setting up a proper library. Thus, we are looking forward to extra support to establish one for our students", shared Mr. Cong, Principal of Huong Phung Middle School.

To students from cities, books and computers are sometimes taken for granted. But for these tribal students living in a remote, mountainous area, they are a new channel of education and an opportunity to gain more knowledge and to enjoy a healthy leisure activity. Thus, GCSF Vietnam would like to encourage your support to complete this meaningful mission for the poor tribal students living near Khe Sanh.

 

Sincerely,

Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam

A girl in uniform at New School Day
A girl in uniform at New School Day
 
   

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