Hanoi centre grads eagerly awaiting their diplomas
Dear Friend of REACH,
Thank you again for your past support. We want to begin this update by letting you know that REACH’s project has been selected for 100% matches on all donations by Microsoft today, December 3rd at 12 noon EST/midnight Hanoi time until funds run out. If you’re looking to give a meaningful holiday gift, consider supporting REACH again today!
The past three months have been full of exciting news at REACH. The latest batches of 382 students from Hanoi, Da Nang and Hue celebrated their graduation and the beginning of their new careers last month. 342 more fresh faces have taken their place. After four months, the previous batch graduated in August has also achieved strong job placement rates, with an average of over 84% having found full-time employment at an average monthly salary of over 3,000,000 VND.
We are also happy to announce the two exciting new initiatives this quarter. REACH has launched a new local guide training course for 20 disadvantaged ethnic minority youth in Lao Cai, Sapa, in partnership with the High Impact Tourism Training (HITT) program funded by the European Union. In addition, 17 of our trainers completed our new 5-Star training program at leading companies to get refreshed with the latest industry trends and quality standards. Finally, REACH staff have finalized an enhanced Work Readiness curriculum to better prepare students for the job market, which began implementation on December 1st, 2013.
Finally, this quarter has seen the arrival of four foreign volunteers at the Hanoi centre. The volunteers, from Australia, Hungary, Poland and Germany, have been supporting the English facilitators with teaching, creating lesson plans and workbooks for students. Sadly three finished their placements in November, but REACH is looking forward to welcoming two more Australian volunteers in mid-December to support English training for the latest batch of students.
Our students’ successes would not be possible without the generosity of our donors. Every time a REACH student finds a job with a decent wage, that triumph is yours as well as hers. Every time a student learns a vocational skill that will enable him to provide for his family, that is change that you helped create. That’s why we are so grateful for your support, and why we continue to need it.
With the holidays approaching, consider giving the most meaningful gift of all: the ability for someone in need to turn his or her own life around. Give to our GlobalGiving project before 11:59am Hanoi time today (December 4th) and Microsoft will match your donation 100%. Thank you for your ongoing support in empowering disadvantaged youth in Vietnam to find secure employment.
Matthew Tait speaking on behalf of the volunteers
Ha Minh Trang speaking on behalf of the students
Fresh grads and volunteers pose for a group photo