Project #10212

Build a Library for Children near Khe Sanh

by Global Community Service Foundation
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.



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
Scott and a visitor with Pa Nho students
Scott and a visitor with Pa Nho students

Our young friends from Khe Sanh area are enjoying their exciting summer break. However, like all other tribal children, they will have to help their parents with some chores and farm work. Living in a poor mountainous area, these children get used to having no relaxing summer time.

However, this Summer is a bit different because they will have some fun extra activity to do. For the first time, they have a foreign teacher helping them with English. The students in Pa Nho School and Khe Sanh Primary School will have English classes delivered by Mr. Scott, who has volunteered to help these students since January 2016. This effort is a continuation of library program by GCSF Vietnam in improving education for ethnic minority children in Khe Sanh area.

"I enjoy my time here in Khe Sanh working with these nice children. They will have some extra activities apart from just staying home and helping with the farm during summer vacation. Good news that we have just collected about 600 books from US and raised some money to buy more books. So, our young friends will have gifts for their coming school year.", shared Scott.

So far, more than 780 students from 6 to 10 at Khe Sanh Primary School, Pa Nho Satellite School and Ban 1 Satellite School have enjoyed the library gifts in GCSF Vietnam's library program. The libraries are daily used during school time with over 2,000 books borrowed per month. In this summer, all the librarians are busy sorting out old books and circulating them among the main schools and satellite schools so that new books are always available for the students in different school sites.

In September, these students will be back to school and continue enjoy their reading habit at school libraries. Meanwhile, there are still more remote schools around Khe Sanh where young children are longing for the same opportunity. Nothing is more meaningful for these students than a library gift for their new school year. Thus, along with our volunteer Scott, GCSF Vietnam would like to extend our library mission to help more tribal children realizing this dream of knowledge.

Friends, let's join hand with us for this meaningful Summer mission.

Children enjoying their summer time
Children enjoying their summer time
Tribal students enjoying their books
Tribal students enjoying their books

While our young friends in Khe Sanh Primary School are enjoying their library, news arrives for their friends in the nearby Ban 1 Village. By March 2016, 56 young students from Pako and Van Kieu tribes received their gift of books, bookshelves, reading tables and chairs. 400 books in different topics are becoming the focal interest for these children in their leisure time.

“Finally, our school has a library. I love the colorful bookshelves. We even have reading lamps. I think we have fancy library. Everyday, I and my friends love spending time there whenever we have free time.” shared young 8-year-old My. My has studied in this same school for three years but she has not had a chance to approach a library until last March. Therefore, the new library is a great gift for her and her classmates.

Ms. Nguyet, GCSF project officer, shares that she feels motivated seeing how these disadvantaged children enjoy the books. “My daughter can have all the books she asked for because we are living in the city and our family can afford to buy them. But these children, they don’t have that luxury. Therefore, they are very excited to see a “real” library there.”

Friends, the mission is still on. We need to spread out this mission of delivering books to remote rural places where higher education level means a better future for young generation. Let’s support GCSF in this meaningful campaign.


Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam

For them, this little corner is a fancy library
For them, this little corner is a fancy library
Pa Nho students with new foreign friends
Pa Nho students with new foreign friends

Our young friends in Khe Sanh are studying hard for their final examination and they still visit the library regularly to update their knowledge and prepare for the coming tests. In Vietnam, the winter just arrived, bringing cold weather to Khe Sanh. However, our friends are happy as they have the library. Thanks to the library, reading books becomes a regular habit for these tribal children in the mountainous area.

In this New Year, the children were excited to welcome some friends from U.S. In partnership with GCSF, Global Playground sent their two fellows, Scott and Kendall, to help teach English in Khe Sanh. More than 750 young children from Khe Sanh Primary School will have a chance to improve their English capacity and know more about the outside world via interactions with these two native-speaking friends.

Meanwhile, their friends in the nearby Ban 1 Village will be the next to receive a mobile library package with three bookshelves an outdoor reading bench and 400 books. 56 young students from Pako and Van Kieu tribes will greet their New Year with this wonderful gift that will help to improve their knowledge. “I and my students are really excited to receive books. We did not have enough room for students, let alone library. Thus, this mobile library package is a great contribution for these tribal students”, shared Ms. Van, a teacher from the Ban 1 Village School.

For the last couple of years, GCSF has been expanding its effort out to the most rural communities in and around Khe Sanh, providing opportunities for book-reading to local ethnic minority students. This effort was made possible through the generous support of our friends. We would like to take advantage on the occasion of the New Year to express our gratitude towards their generosity and wish everyone a Prosperous and Happy New Year.

Let’s keep joining hands to provide libraries to some of the most disadvantaged children in rural Vietnam.


Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam

Ban 1 Satellite School students at their class
Ban 1 Satellite School students at their class
Ly is reading a history book
Ly is reading a history book

Dear GlobalGiving Friends,

The new school year just started in Vietnam in early September and our young friends in Khe Sanh Primary School were happy returning to school. The library is also busier with students visiting everyday.

In a quiet corner at Pa Nho School, a satellite school of Khe Sanh Primary School, Ly, dressed in Pako tribe outfit, is reading a picture book about Vietnam history. “I like reading books a lot. I don’t have books at home to read but in my school, there are lots of them. Picture books are my favorite. I can read texts and see pictures at the same time”, shared Ly.

Ly, along with her 750 friends, is lucky having the support for a library and many books for reading. She and her friends will be enjoying a surprising gift soon. Global Community Service Foundation has partnered with Global Playground to send volunteers from US to Khe Sanh to help teaching English to these students. Ly and other friends will have a better chance in learning the most popular language in the world and meeting with foreign friends.

“I’m excited with the opportunity to travel up to Khe Sanh town, helping the disadvantaged children learning English. I will stay 8 months and hopefully my volunteer time will be helpful for the students and teachers over there”, said Scott Gemmell-Davis, a Fellow from Global Playground.

Ly and her friends will be happy with the books and new foreign friends. There are many other students like her who do not have the opportunity to get their hands on a book.  The nearby Thanh village is looking for books and bookshelves for 400 ethnic minority students in the new school year.

We believe that your generosity will help us deliver these meaningful gifts to our disadvantaged friends to start a new school year.


Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam


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Global Community Service Foundation

Location: Fairfax, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tam Nguyen
Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam
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