MY CHANH ‘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.

My Chanh ‘A’ Primary School lies in Chau Thanh District. There are 2 campuses with 361 students. The total number of students at the main campus is over 200, and 40% students are from poor or near poor Khmer households. In 2013, the village where the school is located was recognized (by the Government) as a poor area. 

The scant budget of the Educational Department of Chau Thanh District is only enough for small renovations. The current library at the main campus is in a disheartening condition. An old, dark and run-down classroom is being used as a library. In fact, the uninviting room with a leaking roof and subsided floor is no more than a chaos of old cupboards, text books and dusty equipment. Most of the students have not a single book of their own and have a hunger for learning more through literature and also by having the opportunity for enjoyable reading. 

Loreto Kids Charity will renovate the available room and equip it with books, library resources and educational supplies.This project will bring a wonderful opportunity for rural students and teachers to enjoy reading and ‘swimming’ in an ocean of literature. They will be inspired and dare dream of a hopeful future.