THANH MY ‘A’ PRIMARY SCHOOL - CHAU THANH DISTRICT - TRA VINH PROVINCE

Tra Vinh Province is in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The capital is Tra Vinh town. Besides having mostly Vietnamese, Tra Vinh Province is populated with many Khmer people: they are members of the Khmer Empire – later divided under political and historical turmoil. The Province is divided into seven Districts.

The topography of Tra Vinh Province includes coastal plains, alluvial deposits, hundreds of mounds and sand caves as well as a complex network of rivers and canals.

Surrounded by the Tien and Hau river and long coast, Tra Vinh's economy is based on agriculture, aquaculture, fish and shrimp breeding. The Province is covered by luxuriant plants in garden villages along banks of rivers.

In Tra Vinh Province there are 140 Khmer pagodas, 50 pagodas of Viet (Kinh) and 5 pagodas of Hoa (ethnic group). The famous ones include: Ang, Sam-rong-ek, Co, Hang. Co Pagoda is home to thousands of birds including storks and pigeons.

Châu Thành is a rural district of Trà Vinh Province.  It has a population of 150,000. The District covers an area of 339 square kilometers. The District capital lies at Châu Thành.

Thanh My ‘A’ Primary School is situated in Chau Thanh District. The main campus has five classes of students – numbering 132 in total. The parents of the children are farmers (living on growing rice and other crops) or they might also migrate to industrial zones to become factory workers and leave their children at home with grandparents. Therefore the parents have little involvement in their children’s education.

Thanh My ‘A’ Primary School currently uses an old ‘storeroom’ filled with horrible old cupboards of only TEXT books and broken, miscellaneous furniture. The students are hungry for books and stories: they are hungry to read ‘for fun’ and enjoyment. Most families/kids have never owned a book of their own.

Loreto Kids Charity will renovate the old room, liven it up with stimulating images as well as equip the new “Friendly Library” with new bookshelves, books of all kinds, games and other educational resources. The students at Thanh My ‘A’ Primary School will soon be seen with heads in books.