One bicycle can save a Child’s education – meet Lê Thanh Tú

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He studies at a secondary school in Tay Ninh province in southern Vietnam.

Tú lives with his 76 year old grandmother in the rural Vietnamese countryside.

His parents work in Ho Chi Minh City and try to send money to cover the costs of Tu’s living expenses. Tu’s parents collectively earn six million VND ($242) a month but struggle to financially support Tú and his two siblings.

Tú used to have to walk 14km a day to get to and from school. The road he takes becomes very dusty during the dry season and marshy during the rainy season.

Each leg of the journey took approximately one and a half hours depending on weather conditions. Despite the fact that Tú wanted to continue his studies; the daily, dangerous and tiring journeys threaten his access to having an education.

Thanks to the generous donations to Saigon Children’s Charity (SCC), this has now been averted. We were able to provide Tú with a strong, stable bicycle that now eases Tu’s commuting each day. Thanks to just one bicycle, Tú can continue to go to school for many years to come.

SCC was founded in 1992 for a specific purpose: to help disadvantaged Vietnamese children to get an education and a fairer start in life. Today, we continue to focus on the same needs.

SCC knows of 87 students that are still in need of a bicycle.The total cost of each bike and delivery to these remote areas in the Vietnamese countryside is approximately $120 per bike. So far we have raised $1,182.26 which can afford nearly ten bicycles. It’s a great start but we still need your help to reach our target of $10,440 before the new school year in August.

We are calling on your generosity to help 87 children, just like Tu, stay in education.

You can help by either donating via our Just Giving page:  https://www.justgiving.com/onebicycle/

Donating directly to our bank account https://www.saigonchildren.com/our-bank-details.aspx,

or via a gift on our website https://www.saigonchildren.com/donate-a-gift.aspx.

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