Success stories
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.
Women in Ngoc Dong commune, Cao Bang province are enjoying the first fruits of their labour following the Credit and Savings scheme implemented by ChildFund Vietnam and the Ngoc Dong commune women’s union in 2011. The project works with women to develop livelihood opportunities to overcome poverty.
Studies have demonstrated that reading to children has many positive effects. Reading books not only helps children to widen their knowledge about the world but also develop their language skills, their imagination and dreams. These are some of the targets of ChildFund’s project to give children better access to reading resources.
Photo: Arron with his then 6-year old sponsored child, Thanh, on his first visit to Vietnam in 2001.