In rural developing countries including Vietnam, the biggest barrier to education is often the physical act of getting to school. Usually the children help their parents with domestic chores around the house and it is very common for the students to arrive at school late and tired if they arrive at all.
By providing bicycles to children, it can help to empower them with knowledge and ultimately change the course of their lives. Keeping the children in school has proven to have a good effect that can help break the cycle of poverty.
On August 14th, Saigonchildren organized a trip with H&M to Can Gio to distribute bicycles to disadvantaged children in the area. Ten bicycles were donated to the children to help them get to school faster and safer. These bicycles were funded by the money accumulated from H&M’s ‘print less challenge’ which encourages their staff to print less to save costs, reduce waste, and become more environmentally friendly.
On this trip, the representatives of Saigonchildren and H&M organized several small games as fun ice breaker activities. The purpose was to get the children involved and create a fun and intimate atmosphere. Everyone worked together and assembled the bicycles. The children were excited to see the final products after working hard to build them together.
All of the children who received the bicycles from H&M that day, come from poor families in the area. One of them is Tuyết Sương. Her parents struggle to provide the family with food and sending her and her siblings to school. Sương also suffers from pectus excavatum and has just been through an operation sponsored by another donor. For her, this bicycle means a lot and she was overjoyed to receive it. This will not only help to shorten the travel time from her home to school but also help her to recover quickly from the recent operation. Besides donating 10 bicycles, the donation from H&M will also provide 7 scholarships to students who need it to continue their education.