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.

At Vinh Gia Primary School in Tri Ton District is a small sub-campus with two classrooms. Parents are migratory workers and pay little attention to their children’s education. The kids, who often live with their grandparents, and are poor, thin and undernourished. Vinh Gia Primary School is small with only two rooms: one for Primary students and the other for kindergarten children. The toilet block for the children is unusable and the polluted area is extremely dangerous to the children’s health. There is a weak water pump and no sewerage system. The teachers at the campus ‘borrow’ water from neighbors to wash the ground of an area used as a‘toilet’ – by teachers and children.

Loreto Kids Charity will build an entire new toilet block for the children at this small learning place. This will include a hygienic water/sewerage system and wash basin area. Surely this will be conducive to better health for these young children – along with an embellishment in the teachers’ efforts to instill a new surge in Health Education curriculum.

Kindly sponsored by Ernst & Young Vietnam (EY)

Update News……The simple Opening Ceremony of Vinh Gia School’s new Toilet Block took place on 28th January. To more than 50 students at this far-flung and isolated school, a new toilet block means so much and over much. It is a humble but so practical “pink-ish” well-constructed toilet block. This “Health Education” gift is a wonderful boost for the grubby students and their school’s community. The kids could not let go of the soap and water faucets. They washed their hands repeatedly. The boys were so excited that they merrily “bathed” themselves. We deeply treasure the invaluable support of Ernst & Young Vietnam (EY) with the completion of this project. Without “horrendous” worries about toilet needs, the “angels” can now focus on what matters the most to them – education and overall well-being.

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