Last Sunday, 15 November, Saigon Children’s Charity held its regular meeting with scholarship tertiary students. This event was also the first time for many It was hosted at 168 Hai Ba Trung street, Da Kao Ward, District 1.
The exciting event began with a welcome speech by Mr Quang Anh from Saigon Children’s Charity. This was followed by a handover of laptops from Lenovo representatives Mr Roy Ng and Mr Nguyen Van Giap, the General and County Managers. Mr Nguyen Van Giap shared that he empathises with the saigonchildren scholarship’s students because he faced many challenges when he first came to Saigon. However, he believes that with hard work, dedication and support from Saigon Children’s Charity, these students will do well. He also said that it was his pleasure to work with Saigon Children’s Charity, to support disadvantaged children change their lives through education and to give back to society.
The meeting continued with a review of student fundraising for the school year 2019-2020. This followed with a talk by Nhat Minh- a visually impaired internship student at saigonchildren.
Minh is a senior student at RMIT University, studying Professional Communication. He achieved a RMIT’s full scholarship in 2016. Minh has always tried his best to improve himself through his academic and extracurricular activities, in order to contribute his best to the community. He hopes that his story will inspire saigonchildren students to work harder to change their lives and support other vulnerable people in the community.
The final activity of the day was a very interesting workshop on public speaking. Students were divided into 4 large groups and instructed to come up with ideas and tips to help create an engaging and well-organised speech.
All of the students were eager to share their thoughts on the topic. Then, each team took turns to step onto the stage and present their ideas to the entire audience. Some teams focused on their strong speakers to show examples of good presentation skills, whilst others gave the opportunity to shy and introverted individuals, allowing them to become more familiarised with talking in front of a crowd. Even though some of the presentations were stronger than others, all of the students tried their best to overcome their weaknesses. This activity was very helpful for students in both their studies and future careers.
We also had the opportunity to interview two scholarship students to learn how receiving scholarships from Saigon Children’s Charity has changed their lives.
Nguyen Hoang Phuong is currently a 2nd-year student. He has received scholarships from saigonchildren for the past 14 years, since Phuong was in 4th grade. For Phuong, the scholarships have helped all aspects of his study, from tuition fees, uniforms, books and living expenses. The scholarships have relieved his parents of some financial pressure. From the bottom of his heart, Phuong would like to thank Saigon Children’s Charity staff for their prompt attention and support, assuring him that he could continue his studies and develop his future. Phuong hopes that in the future he will be able to join saigonchildren and help students who also experience difficulty accessing education.
Ho Van Anh is a freshman at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology. She receives a scholarship from saigonchildren since the end of her 12th grade, which reduced the pressure on her family to provide tuition fees. Van Anh is very appreciative of the care and interaction she receives from saigonchildren’s staff, which motivates her to study harder. Van Anh also wants to express her sincere thanks to the saigonchildren’s staff who have worked their hardest to help her, as well as the other students with difficult circumstances, allowing them to pursue their dreams. Van Anh wishes the best for saigonchildren and hopes they can continue to support and motivate disadvantage students to continue their studying, cultivate knowledge and experience, granting them confidence on their path in life.
The educational journey of these students are still long and challenging, but we believe that saigonchildren’s work, made possible by the sponsorships from our donors, will motivate the students to conquer their difficulties and improve their lives through education.