The end of summer in Vietnam is earlier than many countries in the Western world, especially for children who now have to stop playing and start preparing to go back to school. With this in mind, SCC works hard throughout the summer to prepare for the first delivery of scholarship packages for the children. These packages include new notebooks, textbooks, and money to purchase their new school uniform.
SCC visits many schools in southern Vietnam such as Dong Nai, Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City (Districts: 4, 9, Binh Thanh), Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Can Gio, Tay Ninh and Hau Giang. This is an opportunity for SCC to meet the sponsored children and give them the necessary study materials to kick off their new school year (2015–2016).
Besides annual scholarships, SCC also offered some simple but effective strategies to help the children study more efficiently. This included how to; use mind maps to summarise and review lessons, constantly learn three new words each day, and set up short-term and long-term study goals, particularly for the children’s upcoming school year. They had lots of fun with these activities but also had a chance to learn about teamwork and to enjoy being in a community of their own, helping them to feel more connected.
This is the first time SCC added more activities to the scholarship delivery ceremony for students at elementary, secondary and high schools. Nguyen Thi Lai, a 12th grade student, has received scholarships from the 6th grade until now, enthusiastically said, “I love the time playing together and learning about how to set up short-term goals, even though this concept is very new for me.”
Even though field visits are filled with long, hot days and hard work, the CDP team is always welcomed with millions of thanks, smiles, bright faces and satisfied parents and children. All this make our jobs much more meaningful.
We are grateful to all of our donors, supporters in Vietnam and oversea by giving the trust and enable SCC to deliver the CDP programme since its establishment to the children most in need. Little by little, each of us can help one another to have happiness through one smile at a time. As the saying goes, “shared joy is double joy”.
Pham Thi Thu