Not having enough money shouldn’t be a reason that a child drops out of school.
When Huong was little her father passed away leaving her mother, Trang, as the sole supporter of the family. Despite wanting to provide her children with an education and a chance at a better future, school isn’t free in Vietnam and paying the fees for both of the children became a daily struggle. On top of laboring in the fields, Trang raised pigs, and found part-time work as a laborer carrying brick and sand on building sites. No matter how diligently she worked, the wages she earned were barely enough to cover the school fees for Huong and her son Nam. It wasn’t long before this difficult work began to take a toll and her health quickly deteriorated.
Most stories like these continue to deteriorate. The bills stack up and the house falls into disrepair. Huong and Nam would eventually have no choice but to drop out of school. They would begin working on the fields or look for work away from home in the large cities. Without an education the options are limited and far too often lead to working in unsafe environments, or to into the hands of traffickers.
But in 2011 Huong’s story changed when HSCV found a donor to sponsor her with a scholarship. Huong not only stayed in school she graduated from High School and then went on to college. Huong’s life has been transformed from one constrained by rice fields to one committed to the classroom and educating others. This year Huong graduated from Teaching Training College and has accepted a teaching position in her home town. As a teacher she is committed to helping students in her classes undergoing similar struggles.
Become a sponsor today if you agree that money shouldn’t be an obstacle to receiving an education and having a future.
Already a sponsor? Today is a great day to renew your commitment to your child.
Scholarship: A gift of $120 a year or $10 a month provides a scholarship to send a needy child to school for a year
Post High School Scholarship: A gift of $300 provides a scholarship to send a needy student to school for a year - $25 per month.
Add a School Pack to your sponsorship to ensure your child has the supplies needed to start the school year off right.
School Pack: A gift of $30 provides a child with the basic supplies to go back to school.