Global Community Service Foundation

Working to reduce poverty in Southeast Asia through sustainable community-based projects.
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
Oct 2, 2016

Greetings from the field

A trainer providing hands-on practice
A trainer providing hands-on practice

Greetings from the field.

Four months have passed since our last mission to provide skills and knowledge on Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) and Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) to 140 local health workers in Central Vietnam. In this mission, 134 tool kits were delivered to the trained midwives and nurses from 36 communes in two districts of Dakrong and HuongHoa in Quang Tri province.

Reports from the villages have revealed that the tools, especially for ECEB, provided to the midwives are being used every day. There have been 3 cases of home delivery that were dealt with successfully by the nurses and midwives.

"I think the HBB and ECEB training has proved to be helpful. While the government is encouraging birth giving at our public medical system, there are still cases that need on-site support. All the nurses and midwives are applying the skills learnt from the training to their daily work. There are 6 ethnic minority midwives who are excited with their new tool kits. They told me they could not remember how many cases they have delivered successfully", shared Ms. Oanh from VinhLinh Medical Center, who is in charge of the network of midwives and nurses in VinhLinh district.

Ms. Nhan, one of the six doctors who got trained to be the trainer from Quang Tri Medical College, thinks that this program would be a one-time-support-for-long-term-benefit. She recommended an outreach to the neighbor province Savannakhet in Lao PDR, about 3 hours away from Quang Tri province in Vietnam. "The insufficient network of Lao medical network does not allow much access to public medical clinics by local people. Therefore, there are many cases of home deliveries that need this kind of HBB and ECEB program", shared Ms. Nhan.

Meanwhile, in Myanmar, lack of medical resources available to poor people in rural areas is quite similar to that of Laos. "We observe that there is critical need for HBB and ECEB for the nurses and midwives in Shan State", shared Ms. Marcia Selva, GCSF President during her recent visit to Myanmar in September 2016.

The GCSF team is developing plans to hopefully extend this helpful program to other countries in Southeast Asia, including Laos and Myanmar as the next preferable places. In this plan, the cost will be less because we are using trainers from Vietnam to support their peers in these neighboring countries instead of sending trainers from the U.S. The goal is to build capacity of local people to help their own people in Southeast Asia.

Friends, we would like to have your support for this useful program. 10% of babies born with medicalproblems can be solved through the use this training. Your support will help GCSF to further this mission of helping newborns in Southeast at a higher level.

Thank you for your support.

Peer support in HBB training
Peer support in HBB training
Aug 5, 2016

Myanmar Eye Mission Update

Volunteer Working with an Eye Patient
Volunteer Working with an Eye Patient

Dear Friends,

Hsipaw Eye Mission Update

Due to the insurgencies among rebels and between the rebels and the military forces in Shan State, our Myanmar partner informed us that there is no guarantee of safety for our medical team during the road trip.   Selva: “…..after dealing with insurgency issues and now flooding issues, safety must come first for everyone – Sitagu has officially cancelled the 2016 Myanmar cataract mission.”  

After a deep and thorough consideration, we have decided to tentatively reschedule the Hsipaw Eye Care Mission to September 2017.

As most of you know, when working in developing countries, sometimes plans are not always carried out as hoped.

The goal of the cataract missions is to give the gift of sight to those in need. We will continue to monitor the in-country situations in hopes of continuing our efforts for the community in 2017.

We will keep you informed accordingly.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

 
   

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