For the smiles of remote and mountainous children
Brothers, Sisters and Friends,
Thank you all for visiting our Blog and reading stories about our children, especially the ones in the faraway mountainous and remote areas!
On a year-end day in Hanoi, children of the 7th grade are enjoying Christmas and New Year celebrations. In the joyful atmosphere full of laughter, while teachers and parents are happy getting together and each girl or boy receiving a gift from Santa Claus, the image of children in the highlands suddenly comes up in my mind: “At lunch time, six to eight children gathered around two plastic buckets on the ground – one for rice, one for vegetable soup. Their dining place is a cement floor with a dried turf roof, walled only by blowing wind from all directions. A spoon of rice followed another of soup in a rhythm as sad as the melody of a mountain flute after the market… Earlier 2 or 3 kids shared one spoon. Now, at least, each of them has one hidden in pocket. But ‘eating from a bowl’ or ‘washing hands before eating’ remains purely hygienic lesson in their class.”
Hardly could any city dweller imagine that the money enough for a can of ice tea or a pack of chips can be used to buy food for two days – 2 meals per day with rice and vegetable soup – for a child.
This blog, therefore, was created to bridge philanthropists, who always want to share, with children in mountainous and remote areas. Since August 2011, the “Warm Clothes For You” initiative has been launched. This activity received comprehensive support from colleagues at Plan, a child rights non-governmental organization, and their friends. Thousands of warm clothes, books and notebooks have reached the children living in extreme circumstances in Hoang Su Phi, Xin Man, Meo Vac, Yen Minh of Ha Giang province and Ba To of Quang Ngai province.
Following our Blog, you will find more information about the initiative.
To make “Warm Clothes For You” initiative more professional, Vui-Khoe-Am-No (Happy-Healthy-Warm-Fed) Fund has been established. The project is voluntarily executed by Plan Vietnam staffs who work in northern provinces of Ha Giang, Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, and Bac Giang, the capital Ha Noi, the central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Quang Ngai as well as the central highland provinces of Kontum and Gia Lai.
- VND 9,000 (less than 50 U.S. cents) you can keep a child warm and safe with a pair of plastic slippers (prices applied from 8/5/2012 by producers: 9,500 VND/pair of size 35-38 and 11,500 VND/pair of size 39 onwards).
- VND 120,000 (6 dollars) you can keep a child warm all the winter with a jacket.
- VND 160,000 (8 dollars) you can give a child a warm sleep with a blanket.
You can also do more, just to name a few:
- Support or sponsor (one time or multiple times) a disadvantaged child for a long period;
- Support a child, a group of children or a child’s family by donating cash, old or new clothes, learning materials, toys etc.
- Take part in volunteer activities of the fund;
- Contribute ideas to improve the fund operation.
Ms. Pham Thu Ba, Nguyen Thanh Thuy, Tran Thu Quynh and colleagues via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wish you a lot of happiness!