Vietnam once boasted a literacy rate of 90 percent. It is a nation where education is highly valued and the educational aspirations of girls are as important as those of boys. In cooperation with Vietnamese officials and with the support of corporations and individuals around the world, the Vietnam Children’s Fund has been building schools since 1994. Working closely with each community, calling upon local artisans and using readily available materials, VCF constructs schools that are sturdy, safe, and clean. Because a school may be the only well-built structure in a community, it serves as not only a gathering place for residents but is often the only safe haven from the elements during a natural disaster.
The Vietnam Children’s Fund has been building elementary schools in Vietnam for two decades now—often in the most remote and neglected locations. To date they have completed 48 projects which serve thousands of children. They have been able to provide clean modern facilities for these children who otherwise would be trying to learn in mud huts and crumbling shacks. Many of those young students have gone on to secondary education and universities. They have become teachers, engineers and medical professionals.
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