Around 450 Children aged between 8 and 18 were tasked with finding out as much information about the NGOs as possible with the aim of building ongoing relationships through a Global Issues Network.
This was a great chance for us to engage with the Children and discuss our work in Vietnam and Mongolia with them. Many had not previously heard of our Foundation and they were really enthusiastic and eager to learn about us. In particular they wanted to hear about disadvantaged Children their own age who live in such close proximity!
Our stall included three challenges:
- a blindfold challenge to see if the Children could identify different objects by touch alone - this gave us the opportunity to discuss the challenges our visually impaired Children face and our Tay Ninh Centre;
- a logo challenge to put together the CNCF logo which had been cut into several pieces - we encouraged the children to discuss what they thought our logo represented;
- a pop-quiz where the Children guessed answers to statistic based questions about our operations - a fun way of driving home the importance and impact of our operations.
In Vietnam there is a widening wealth-gap - the economic difference between the rich and the poor - and most of the Children we saw on the day were local Vietnamese Children from more affluent families. It was great to see them showing an awareness of issues such as poverty and the wealth divide. We were able to speak with them about how poverty impacts a child's health and education and that many families are still unable to afford education and basic health care, despite overall economic improvement in both Vietnam and Mongolia.
Thanks to the Canadian International School for hosting such a terrific event! We hope that by increasing awareness at least some of the Children we spoke with are inspired to become actively involved in helping to address these issues and become actively involved with The Foundation going forward.
Read more about our work in Vietnam and Mongolia here.