Success stories
By Manasi Kogekar, Program Development Officer, ChildFund Australia – with reporting from ChildFund Vietnam
Thao has been a member of the Ky Son village credit and savings scheme in Hoa Binh province since 2006. Annually, around 1,700 families participate in both the savings and credit models. Over the years, this ChildFund-supported initiative has been vital in enabling local families to expand their farming production, as well as develop small businesses.
Apart from the infrastructure and facilities, one of the key factors of good service quality in any field is a customer-focussed approach. ChildFund has worked with the Con Minh commune health center to create a safe and friendly environment for children and improve the healthcare service.
Winter brings cold weather to the rocky mountains around Nuong Dam commune. Bui Thi Mung, a sixth grade student from Nuong Dam junior high school, puts on her thin uniform jacket and flip flops to start her journey to school. Mung understands that she needs to study hard if she wants to one day become a teacher and help support her family.
During my three years working at ChildFund Vietnam, I have had many opportunities to visit Bac Kan province, one of ChildFund’s project areas located in the north of Vietnam. One of the most memorable trips is in November 2013 when we accompanied Australian sponsors Mr and Mrs Odgen to visit their sponsored child in Bach Thong, one of the poorest districts in Bac Kan.