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GVIs Projects in Lao Cai Province from January to December 2013March 6, 2014
Last year was another busy and impactful year for GVI in Northern Vietnam. We are excited to share information on our project work in 2013.
Bac Ha District
Our main focus in Bac Ha continues to be micro finance and education. We were also able to introduce a physical education program in Bac Ha and Sapa through our sports camp first introduced in the summer.
We donated 16 water buffalos to 16 poor farmer households (64 family members). Six water buffalos were an emergency gift to households that were damaged by flash floods. This gift came in time to help them have the necessary equipment for their yearly crop. Due to the damaging floods, many families lost their homes and their fields were severely damaged. The water buffalos were critical in assisting in rebuilding this community as well as throughout Bac Ha with the families receiving these donations. Most families supplemented the donation with additional funds to purchase water buffalos that were best suited for their farm.
GVI also worked with the schools and farming community to support mushroom farming. This new crop needs very little space and utilizes many residuals from their animals and crops to support the mushroom growth. Most farmers can harvest mushrooms three times per year, which creates significant additional income for the families. Several schools are now participating in mushroom farming as well to feed their children and sell excess for school funding.
We worked with the Bac Ha Educational and Training department and six different schools in 2013:
Thai Giang Pho Primary School
We donated raw materials and provided volunteers to pave a school yard that gave 195 students and 41 teachers a clean and safe area for outdoor activities. We also built two more dormitories for 70 boarders so they could have a clean and safe place to stay during the school year. We donated beds and wardrobes for the boarders. They have more room to get a good night’s sleep, which helps them be healthy and full of energy for school.
Thai Giang Pho Middle School
We donated raw materials and provided volunteers to build a kitchen which gave 80 students and 18 teachers a clean and safe cooking environment and provided a place for students to eat indoors.
Nam Mon Kindergarten
We donated raw materials and provided volunteers to build a wooden fence. This helped to prevent the students from running out on the road and to protect the school from cows, buffalos, pigs, and dogs, which could hurt the students and damage the plants.
Nam Mon Middle School
We donated raw materials and provided volunteers to pave a schoolyard. This helped 213 students and 22 teachers have a clean and safe area for outdoor activities. We donated 10 sets of computers and tables for a much needed expansion of their computer lab.
Nam Mon II Primary School
We supported the nutritional needs of 54 boarders by improving the quality and the quantity of 48 lunches (one lunch per week) of school year. This nutritional program provides protein to the children (chicken, beef, fish, eggs) who otherwise would only receive rice for lunch. We also helped the school build a water system and lavatory. This provided the students and teachers with clean water for a healthier living. In addition, we donated raw materials and provided volunteers to pave a schoolyard at Su Chu Chai Satellite School. It provided the students with more space for outside activities.
Bac Ha Education & Training Department
GVI partnered with Bac Ha Education & Training Department to hold a conference to teach area teachers about the “Learner-Centered” method. There were 180 teachers from 150 different schools who attended and learned about:
• Forming and sustaining clubs
• Life skills
• Thinking maps
• Teaching students a second language
After the conference, teachers went back to their schools to share what they had learned with the other 1550 teachers and then apply the new methods to teach 16,000 students.
We continued to focus on education projects in 2013 and worked at five schools at different levels.
Hau Thao Middle School
We donated raw materials and provided volunteers to build a fence and school gate. This helped to prevent the students from running out on the road, protect the school from cows, buffalos, pigs, and dogs, which could hurt the students and damage the plants.
Ta Phin Middle School
We donated raw materials and provided volunteers to pave a schoolyard. This helped students have more space to safely play and enjoy outside activities.
Trung Trai Middle School
We taught students simple songs in English and worked with them to make hand-made toys. We also helped the school paint the gate and the fence. This improved the appearance of the school, which created a better learning environment for the teachers and students and also encouraged the students want to attend school regularly.
Ban Ho Middle School
We donated raw materials and provided volunteers to build a lavatory for 200 students. Prior to building this new lavatory, teachers and students had to share just one lavatory. So now it is more comfortable and sanitary for students and teachers.
Ta Phin Kindergarten
We supported milk for 225 students everyday of school year. This helped reduce the rate of malnutrition and improved growth. Students had healthier bodies, fun at school and were ready to go to primary school the next year.
Sapa Education & Training Department
GVI cooperated with the Sapa Education and Training Department to hold a conference to train area teachers. There were 120 teachers from 20 different schools who joined the conference and learned about:
• Starting after school clubs
• Persuasive reading and writing
• English as a Second Language
• Public speaking
After the course, the 100 teachers of 20 schools went back to their schools to share what they had learned with the other 1,000 teachers and then apply the new methods to teach their 5,000 students.
GVI was excited to introduce a new physical education program in Bac Ha and Sapa. We held several sports camps in 2013 to teach the physical education teachers technics to share with their students, and brought the kids together to show the fun and importance of physical education. Our teams taught baseball and basketball to the students in a learning and fun environment that brought together 04 PE teachers and about 1000 children together to have fun and learn new sports that they can play at school and home. We are now seeing kids playing these games after school months after holding these camps.