SCHOOL PACKS PROGRAM (1997 - 2015)

Families in rural areas of Vietnam struggle to make ends meet in their daily family circumstances. Itinerant employment, unemployment, low-paying jobs, poor housing, having ‘just enough’ to feed families

Families in rural areas of Vietnam struggle to make ends meet in their daily family circumstances. Itinerant employment, unemployment, low-paying jobs, poor housing, having ‘just enough’ to feed families, natural misfortunes, and family divisions deliver additional difficulties for parents/grand-parents to even have the motivation (let alone the means) to send their children to school.
The Loreto Program (LVAP) has the vision to support poor families in their endeavors to give their children a steady chance to go to school and to stay at school. Since 1997, LVAP has distributed more than 20,000 “School Packs” to Primary School children over an expansive area of Ho Chi Minh City Province and other Provinces – so that students will have every essential ‘means’ - not only to be at school but also to have all they need for positive, proficient learning. Having all necessary school requisites - uniforms, stationery, learning equipment and educational resources - gives a tremendous enrichment to the child, the family, teachers and – in the long run – the village community/hamlet.

Mid-2014: The Loreto Program has ‘discovered’ a very poor school in Ca Mau Province – where there are 500 children. Having to go to school by boat – and their school being eroded away by rising tides – these kids and their families make stupendous efforts to stay at school. They will receive all school requisites for the new School Year (2014 – 2015).

As will the 140 students at a current project of LVAP: Dong Hai ‘C’ Primary School – in Tra Vinh Province. The school survives and thrives on an island: these kids need help with uniforms and school supplies.