Many Vietnamese families still make less than $240 a year and depend on their children to contribute to household income. Often, sons continue their education while daughters are pulled out of school to work when they reach their teen years. Unfortunately, many migrate for employment, only to become vulnerable to exploitation. This program will provide 4-year scholarships to 50 middle and high school girls living in rural Vietnam to keep them in school.
The scholarships provide uniforms, stationery supplies, bicycles for transportation, and measures to ensure that these girls will be able to attend school on a full-time basis.
Staying in school not only reduces the risk of these girls being forced into exploitative labor to help support their families, but also provides a way out of poverty and more opportunity. Education is key to reducing poverty and a brighter future.