Tammy visited many of our Projects and had the chance to meet with the Children, their parents and CNCF Vietnam staff.
Below Tammy describes in her own words her visit to Dong Thap Province with the Capital Projects Team. These fantastic images were taken by Tammy's photographer husband Chris who accompanied her on the trip.
We took part in the opening ceremony welcoming Children to the 2014 – 2015 school year.
The kindergarten is a beautiful building filled with murals and the sound of Children’s laughter across three fully equipped classrooms. Last year 60 Children between the ages of three and five were enrolled and CNCF Project Manager Minh delighted in explaining that due to the great reputation within the local community 100 Children are enrolled for the next academic year, taking the kindergarten to maximum capacity.
The kindergarten is set in a rural area where the local economy is reliant on farming rice, lotus flowers and fish. Thanks to the support of Gulf 4 Good and our local partner, there is now a safe haven amongst the paddy fields and lakes offering Children their first chance of an education and also allowing their parents to work and support their families without the risk of leaving their Children unsupervised at home. In an area where many families have been identified by the authorities as destitute - living on less that $21 a month - this is the first step to helping break the cycle of poverty.
We also visited Tan Kieu community in Thap Muoi District, a day’s drive from Cao Lanh District into the Mekong Delta. Local partner representatives, Mr Tran and Ms Tuyet, joined us for the visit and it was fantastic to experience the close relationship The Foundation has with their partners. The focus was on a water tank project, supplying 106 water tanks to families in Tan Kieu; houses so remote they can only be accessed by motorbike, boat and in some cases rickety monkey bridges.
The local partners work closely with the Foundation to identity those with the greatest need, in this instance focusing on providing clean water for families identified as destitute.
Ironically, while families live surrounded by water and their homes are at risk of flooding during the rainy season, the water is contaminated and not suitable for drinking and sanitation. Families drinking and washing in the water are at a high risk of disease such as diarrhea, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. This simple solution, which only costs around $175 per tank, gives families access to clean water by collecting and filtering rainwater while minimising the environmental impact and improving the health of the local community.
By supporting the community with better access to health and educating families on the importance of drinking clean water, the Foundation is supporting those Children most at risk from poor health.