FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
At HSCV one of our biggest aims is to keep children in school. Our Family Assistance Program, our longest running program, offers a multifaceted approach that targets many of the key reasons why children in Vietnam are often forced to drop out of school. We tackle this issue by providing individualized assistance to the most marginalized children and their families.
Each year over 200 scholarships directly impacted the lives of disadvantaged children in rural Vietnam. In Vietnam, education is not only not free it’s expensive. Uniforms, books, lunches etc. all must be paid for and a big reason why many students are forced to drop out is because their families cannot meet these expenses. We have a long list of children that are in danger of dropping out if we can’t help them in time.
Our subsidy program is active in remote areas where we provide families with rice and meat. With these two crucial foodstuffs, families from the poorest strata can supplement their meager incomes, either by selling them for extra income or supplementing their diet with them so their money can be spent on school supplies instead.
Access to clean water is an increasing problem as the cities and factories encroach upon family land. Thanks to support from The Right Hands, our clean water initiative provides families with the means to bring clean water into their homes. Families no longer have to spend time and energy lugging buckets of water from far away and often still contaminated sources.
Travel is another big obstacle to keeping children in schools. We help with this by providing bicycles to students so they’re able to make the, often long and arduous, journey to school. More than that, bicycles also provide a means of transport whereby parents can take their farmed goods to markets or so families have a way of traveling in emergencies, for example.