As many of you know, I have been working for a nonprofit here in Hanoi called Better Life Vietnam. Recently, I hosted a fundraiser in order to raise money to donate two libraries for rural schools in Ba Vi, Vietnam. Thanks to the generosity of my friends, family, and followers on social media, we were able to not just meet, but exceed our goal!
In addition to the the book giveaway, Better Life Vietnam also worked with We Roam in order to give the children a fun day of learning English. First, we greeted the students and handed out books on stage. Seeing the joy on the students faces was well worth the effort and time it took the fundraise. Being a teacher for the past three years has made me realize the importance of education. It was so incredible to be able to give back to Vietnam, a country that is beginning to hold a very special place in my heart.
Sometimes we only think of poverty as the lack of basic needs, such as food, water and shelter. In this case, many students have their basic needs met. However, they do not have access to opportunities to further their educations. As a result of lack of opportunities, they often end up in the same cycle of poverty as their parents.
After the giveaway and meeting with the principal of the school, we were divided into classrooms to teach English. Although the classes were quite large (60 kids) it was still quite fun. The students were so excited to have the opportunity to interact with the volunteers and practice their English. In celebration of Teachers Day, we were invited to a traditional Vietnamese lunch. The teachers were incredibly welcoming and happy to have us there. We all ended up having an amazing time (and lots of rice wine!) 🙂
To everyone who donated or gave their time to help, you have my sincerest gratitude. Fundraising and asking for donations was a bit out of my comfort zone. However, I was astonished with the generosity of those around me. With your effort we were able to make a difference in the lives of over 800 children. That’s something to be incredibly proud of.