Friday, April 7, 2017

About the good and not so good on our most recent home visit day ~ Guest blog by CEF's Ms Kim Chi

Last Sunday we visited children and families to conduct our end of year assessments. There were positive changes with better health, higher living standards and some families who have been able to pay back some or all of their debt while bad luck seems to foll...ow some of the families around with failed crops, diseased animals and sickness among family members which keeps them living below the poverty line. What upset me most was when children were left with grandparents who are in poor health and unable to make ends meet.

Sisters of our children have dropped out of school, getting married and having a lot of children they can’t afford which they then have to leave with grandparents so they can go to work far away. They are often the same age as my daughter. I don’t know how the children feel when they have to live apart from their parents but being a mother, I couldn’t stand to leave my daughter. I feel so sorry for the children since they don’t receive enough love and care from their parents which they are obviously worthy of.

I hope the children in our education programs can stay in school for as long as possible. We always encourage them to go through high school and get into university if possible as we know the better educated they are, the less likely they will be to follow in their sister’s footsteps.

(The three young children in this photo have been left with elderly and ill grandparents. There is a toddler as well. Granny has liver cancer and the CEF student in this family has to spend some of her valuable study time to look after them each day which is affecting her school results).

Thursday, March 30, 2017

About a most determined CEF student ~ Guest blog by CEF's Ms Ngoc

This story is about a girl I really like. H is an example of a determined young woman who thirsts for a  better education and a brighter future. She is a third year student doing very well at university.

H is from an extremely poor family and when she was in high school her mother thought that H would not go on to university because of her ability and the family’s financial situation. Then H worked very hard in grade 12 to show her mother that she was good enough to enter university and she did a part time job as well as going to school to increase her family’s income. She was successful and entered university to take the major she was passionate about.

H always gets good results and is one of the top students in her class. Her mother has poor health and being unable to help H with all her monthly living costs, so H has to work part time as a tutor and a recyclables collector. When asked if she feels ashamed when collecting materials for recycling around the streets she said, "Not at all. It’s only a part time job and the money I make covers some of my costs so I can continue in university." In her answer she shows how determined she is to carry on at university. It’s a reminder to all of our students to try their best however severe their circumstances and that when they do there will always be a better road ahead for them.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

About term 2 payment day ~ a very important day in the lives of the CEF children and families

Payment day sounds rather dry, but it is a very important day for the CEF children and families. On this day funds are given to the families to enable them to pay the costs of their child's term 2 education and education-related costs. In this term it is mainly the fees and extra tuition classes that have to be paid.

Most of our students would not be in school if it wasn't for these funds. Poverty means no education for many, child labour, and the risk of the child being trafficked due to their impoverished conditions.

We are most grateful to all our sponsors who enable the children to stay in school until they complete their schooling, giving them a future with greater choices, as well as keeping them safe.

Photos of most of our Quang Nam students are above. Some were not present because they were ill, two were in hospital, a couple were in school competitions. a few had exams and some had important extra tuition to attend.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Creative Expression ~ Art Day in Hoi An

Each spring we have a Creative Expression ~ Art Day. We run this day when Linda DeWolf is here as she is a most creative artist and helps to inspire the children with ideas. She comes with a variety of supplies for them to experiment with which they love as there are limited supplies here in Hoi An.  

A couple of pictures from the origami session

A few photos from the collage session


There are no photos from making friendship bracelets as their hands moved way to fast and all the photos are blurred!

They had an enjoyable time and we sent them home with a goodie bag as well. Thank you so much Linda for your help, inspiration and the art supplies. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Linda was once more able to meet the young lady she has sponsored for many years

Linda helped this young woman finish high school, then helped her to have a college education. At present she is finishing a further degree to give her a higher qualification enabling her to get a much better paid job. Linda has been a wonderful support for her and this CEF student has been most grateful as her siblings are not in a position to help her and she hasn't parents to help as they have died.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

We are grateful for and love our new CEF t-shirts


We at CEF have been very lucky to have our partner organization, Go Philanthropic organize new t-shirts for us all with one of their donors and sponsors. We love our new vibrant pink t-shirts and are very grateful for these high quality t-shirts!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Larry and Judi, of 'Chances for Children International' met with more of the children their donation has helped

 This week Larry and Judi, of Chances for Children International, were able to meet with three more of the children their donation has helped. The girls travelled a long way to come and meet them at CEF in Hoi An.

One of the young ladies is a university student studying to be a herbal doctor, and is a hard working student. The other two are in school and working hard so that they can get into university. One hopes to be a teacher and one a doctor. They are very shy and not confident as they come from a very poor community in a mountainous area.

The university student was an inspiration for the younger girls as she comes from a very poor situation yet is ambitious, hard working. She has become a confident young lady as she has gained a lot of confidence since entering university. Clearly she was proud to be a university student and expressed gratitude for this support and this wonderful opportunity. We feel she is destined for success.

It was a lovely meeting that everyone enjoyed with a lot of questions and sharing. Larry and Judi encourage the girls to go for their dreams and affirmed that anything is possible and just because they are very poor and females in a patriarchal society, they must not let that hinder them in attaining their goals.