NHON HOI KINDERGARTEN - AN PHU DISTRICT - AN GIANG PROVINCE (2015 - 2015)

Nhon Hoi (current) ‘kindergarten’ are like a ‘shift’ house – metal walls, plastic ceilings and basic classroom ‘furniture’. Before this ‘kindergarten’ was built the small children had to cross a dangerous river by canoe: the area is extremely isolated. Families are desperately poor and work as laborers, crab catchers and thatching bamboo roofing. 

An Giang Province lies in the Mekong Delta in the southwestern part of Vietnam sharing a 95 kilometer border with Cambodia in the north west. The main ethnic groupsfound in the province are the Kinh, Khmer, Cham, and Hoa. An Giang is crisscrossed bymany rivers and canals which make a convenient water transport system. The two tributariesof the Mekong river, the Tien and the Hau, run across the Province. They deliver millions of cubic meters of alluvium annually to the region. As a result, the deposits have formed several islets which are extremely fertile and covered with lush green vegetation.An Giang has long been famous for its traditional occupation of mulberry growing, silkwormraising and silk weaving.

An Phu District in An Giang Province is one of the most remote places in Vietnam. Most of An Phu District is a plain. Every year it is affected by the flooding season. Between 6 months each year, rising levels in the Mekong River from high rainfall means an average rise from 2- 3 meters. The time of flooding is typically prolonged having a major impact on practices and production of people’s labors. The location of An Phu District is quite favorable. It is an important location from Cambodia into Vietnam, connected by river/road and connecting the western coastal Hau River region in Vietnam with the capital Phnom Penh of Cambodia. Residents of An Phú District are mainly farmers: most of the area is under rice cultivation with alluvium soil and freshwater which also allows much fishing.

Nhon Hoi (current) ‘kindergarten’ are like a ‘shift’ house – metal walls, plastic ceilings and basic classroom ‘furniture’. Before this ‘kindergarten’ was built the small children had to cross a dangerous river by canoe: the area is extremely isolated. Families are desperately poor and work as laborers, crab catchers and thatching bamboo roofing. Many kids cannot go to classes because they work with their parents.  For those who do attend classes they pay US$6 a year – though only half of the parents are able to afford this.

Loreto Kids Charity will construct and equip a whole new kindergarten for the poor kids of this region: it will include three classrooms – (toilets inside) and a kitchen. Surely the presence of a bright, new learning place for these young kids will assure and convince the families of this poor hamlet that education for their children is a vital feature of their lives. Teachers and children will gain valuable assets through the importance of this new kindergarten.

Sponsored by Loreto's generous and kind-hearted sponsors and through the LORETO NOVEMBER GALA 2015

Update News…… Through the Loreto November Gala 2015  (Loreto Kids Charity’s annual event), $11,000 was raised and will be directly invested to construct a four-classroom kindergarten for three, four and five year olds in Nhon Hoi village, An Phu District, An Giang Province. After Nhon Hoi Kindergarten has been built, its current unsafe classrooms will be replaced and over 80 children will benefit from a stimulating transformed learning environment. Stay tuned with Loreto Kids Charity for the Ground-Breaking of Nhon Hoi Kindergarten in March 2016!!!