'B' O LAM PRIMARY SCHOOL - TRI TON DISTRICT - AN GIANG PROVINCE (2015 - 2016)

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.

Tri Ton District in An Giang Province is a rural district. The population is about 120,000 and the district covers an area of 589 square kilometers. The district’s capital is 44 kilometers away from Chau Doc. In Tri Ton District there is a sacred mountain system named “Seven Mountains” where many monks live. Tri Ton is the most sparsely populated of the districts in An Giang, being quite mountainous. There is a high proportion of Khmer persons in this district who carry out meager and paltry agricultural work that is laborious and does not bring a high income for many ‘poor households’. There are two towns and 13 rural communes in Tri Ton District.

‘B’ O Lam Primary School lies in Tri Ton District and is the main campus and has a total of 242 students. They are 100% Khmer and the children are very, very poor: undernourished, passive and very disadvantaged. The parents are struggling laborers (often migratory too) and they are mostly illiterate. The students at the school learn both Khmer and Vietnamese languages. Commendably this school has included two disabled children to be part of the school – under difficult situation. ‘B’ O Lam Primary School has a ‘library’ – a dark, uninviting ‘store’ room with just a few glass cases filled with text books. The school is also very isolated – and there are no newsstands in the neighborhood. The children are hungry for books – and, of course, have never had one of their own.

Loreto Kids Charity will renovate the existing room and turn it into a “Friendly Library”. It will be bright, attractive, motivating and a sanctuary where children can learn and enjoy literature. The trained librarian will eagerly lead the children to a world of books, games and educational resources to increase their learning and study.

Kindly sponsored by LOSCAM VIETNAM CO., LTD.

Update News……22nd December 2015 marked the official Opening Ceremony of the new “Friendly Library” for the students at ‘B’ O Lam Primary School. Thanks to LOSCAM VIETNAM CO., LTD. for their generous sponsorship, rural Khmer students’ thirst of books was quenched. The new library is not only a new educational “paradise” but also a “potential future” for the students. Their excitement and enthusiasm went high as they raced to the new room. They literally “dropped everything and read”. Their eyes were sparking; their hands shakily opened the books, and from their little mouths came out a stream of “noisy” reading sounds. It takes time for these students to learn how to read silently, but they were prepared and equipped with this brilliant “tool” to grasp reading skills.

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