Tuan Giao District is located in the South East of Dien Bien Province with the majority of population are ethnic minorities, in which the percentage of needy households are 91.4% (2017). 18 out of 19 communes of Tuan Giao District are living in difficult state with the lack of equipment and education.
 

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Our trip to Dien Bien 28 – 30 Jan 2018

Last 29th Jan, we came to Tuan Giao district in Dien Bien province as continuing our work. This trip was very special because we would meet and discuss directly with two contractors for constructing new items in Phinh Sang secondary school and Toa Tinh nursery school. We also had a chance to see again the innocent kids and students in Toa Tinh nursery school and Phinh Sang secondary school.

From our hostel, it took about 45 minutes of driving to reach Phinh Sang secondary school and about 30 minutes to Toa Tinh nursery school. Joining the trip to Dien Bien is Mr. Alex – cofounder and fundraiser of VFE. This was the third time he visits Dien Bien. He understood the difficulties of children and teachers are facing at present; therefore he desired to improve studying conditions for kids. From Switzerland to Dien Bien, Mr. Alex carried two very big and heavy suitcases and one backpack with full of clothes, scarfs, shoes, coats and other winter items for kids. He received clothing donation from his friends and some kind-hearted people in Switzerland and then categorize every single one to give for the kids. In winter, the weather is very cold in Dien Bien. The temperature can reach 0 degrees Celsius. However, some kids still go to school on barefoot.

We visited first the school site center of Toa Tinh nursery school and gave winter items for kids here (Toa Tinh nursery school has 4 different school sites). With the support from local teachers, we chose very carefully each coat, a pair of shoes or scarf, gloves for every kid. We could see the happiness when they received and wore new clothes. That made us full of happy, cheerful and meaningful. Their happiness motivates us to continue our work here in Dien Bien province – a mountainous area in the north of Vietnam. We all had a picture together and then continued to visit another school site and gave winter items for other kids.

We visited the kids in Toa Tinh nursery school. It takes about 20 minutes more of driving. Some kids are very little with less than 2 years old. When we came, they were in class with a teacher. Some other kids from 3 to 5 years old, they are sharing one classroom. Again, we gave them new winter items and they seemed very happy. Soon, the kids here will have new studying room; new kitchen and new toilet.

We are so eager to see the project in Toa Tinh nursery school is ready for starting. You can follow us for updating information. Thank you very much for being a part of our journey.


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