Aug 12, 2021

Technovation Finals on Thursday!

Hello Friends! For those of you who may have been following along with our Technovation participants - My, Thu, and Tuyen have advanced all the way to the final round (from 5900 participants across 60 countries down to the final 12!). Their app, a peer to peer book exchange in a community without access to a library, has been a hit with the judges.

Tomorrow - Thursday - will be the Technovation World Summit and our students will be givng their final pitch presentation to the judges. If you would like to watch and cheer them on, the time window for the presentation is 08:20-08:50 San Francisco Pacific Time.

Registration is free, but required:

We are so excited for My, Thu, and Tuyen, not only for their personal accomplishment in this challenge, but also for the huge boost in confidence this provides to them, and also their peers. We'd love it for many of you to join us in cheering them on tomorrow.

Aug 10, 2021

New School Year Coming, Covid Continues in Vietnam

As we continue our planning for the 2021-2022 school year that will begin in September, we are in the midst of significant covid lockdowns all throughout Vietnam. Our staff is self-quarantined in their homes, children are quarantined in the orphanages, and the typically busy streets are much more quiet as everyone is at home to try and limit coronavirus that is rapidly spreading throughout the local population. We have come to realize that the newest wave of covid in Vietnam will require us to enter the new school year in an entirely virtual environment - relying on the virtual systems we set-up in 2020 when covid first began.

While we had hoped and been anticipating that we were through the worst of covid and would be starting the new school year in the classrooms with our students, the virtual environment will provide us with a continued opportunity to adapt our programming for a virtual environment, while aiming to maintain the quality, engagment, and student-centered approach that is core to the Kidspire program in Vietnam.

Whatever the environment, rest assured that our team remains committed to doing everything we can to support our students and help them to continue in the learning - as they take steps towards their futures beyond the orphanage.

As always, thank YOU for your kindness and generosity in support our team and our students!

Jun 27, 2021

We Did It (with your help)!

YouTube - Borrow a Book

Technovation is not an easy challenge. Over the course of 12 weeks, our participating students collaborated together to identify something in their local community that could use a fresh idea to be better. My, Thu, and Tuyen - who all love to read, but don't have access to a library or a wide variety of books, decided that their solution should center around an improved method of accessing and sharing books. They decided to create an app that could be used in the local community, where users could make their book titles available to others to meet-up and exchange books. The girls worked hard to code their app (and worked closely with our technology partner - Cadence Design Systems from San Jose, CA - who we met through Team4Tech) and create their pitch video.

Not only did the girls finish the project, which filled them with a sense of pride and accomplishment - but they passed through the first run of judging from the international panel of judges and advanced to the semi-final round.

We are so proud of these ladies. And so grateful to each of you who helped to make this project possible.



P.S. See the video by clicking the link at the top.


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