Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A few photos of Hoi An and near by to give a sense of the area

CEF is based three miles out of Hoi An ancient town. Many of the students in our sponsorship program live in Hoi An, or on the outskirts and not far away.

Here are a few local photos to give you a sense of the area.

Along Bach Dang street in Hoi An town
Afternoon street food in Hoi An  

Local artist painting along the river front in Hoi An

Breakfast food seller in Hoi An

 Outside of Hoi An where the main river going through Hoi An meets the ocean

 Watering scallions at a local vegetable garden
Thinning scallions at a local vegetable garden

Monday, July 24, 2017

Life Skills Workshop on Communication Skills

CEF recently ran a Life Skills Workshop on 'Communication Skills', which was most successful.
This important workshop was possible due to financial support from Go Philanthropic. We at CEF are most grateful as are our Quang Nam and Da Nang high school and university students who thoroughly enjoyed the day as well as finding it very useful. 

We were fortunate to have a wonderful teacher for the day, Ms Huyen, who was from Blue Dragon Children's Foundation. She has experience in teaching this subject, but also knows how to retain the interest of the students by including many enjoyable games that showed what she was talking about.

The students worked in groups and took turns in presenting group decisions and ideas. They worked on verbal communication, communication by body language, non verbal cooperation as well as social media communication especially about Facebook.

As Facebook is the means by which a lot of human trafficking takes place these days we felt it was crucial to have the students fully understand the advantages and disadvantages of using Facebook and how they can use it wisely. Games, role play and discussions were used to understand this crucial communication method.

We are very grateful for the support from Blue Dragon Children's Foundation for sharing their wonderful Ms Huyen who ran this excellent day.

I was very happy with our hard-working staff who planned, helped and managed the day as well as the help of the three dynamic joyful volunteers.

Big thanks to all who helped and supported us to run this day.        

Untangling without verbal communication

One of our university students presenting the work of her group

Students listening to Ms Huyen, from Blue Dragon Children's Foundation who was their
teacher for the day

Lining up according to foot size, but it had to be organized without talking

Doing group work

Students, staff and volunteers with Ms Huyen, their teacher of the day

Friday, July 7, 2017

Some of CEF's Creative Photography students at Hoi An's Precious Heritage Museum

Recently some of our Creative Photography students visited a wonderful Museum in Hoi An ~  the Hoi An Precious Heritage Museum in which hang photos by internationally known photographer Rehahn and the clothing of many Vietnamese ethnic minority communities. They thoroughly enjoyed the visit and we hope the photos inspired them as well.   

 Photo of one of Rehahn's photos

 Photo of one of Rehahn's photos

Photo of one of Rehahn's photos

New increase in CEF sponsorships and scholarships

Children's Education Foundation has just put up sponsorships and scholarships for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 years.

The increase in sponsorships covers inflation from the last year and covers the estimated inflation for the next two years. If inflation is lower than the estimation we will be able to keep the sponsorships the same for another year after that.

Our scholarships have gone up as we wish to include funds to give further support to the high school students from this predominantly ethnic community we work with near the Vietnam-Laos border, but also to be in a position to give some annual support to the parents. Some of the children have been passing over part of their scholarship to their family due to family health issues and ongoing grinding poverty.

We hope this change in payment will mean that the children will now use all funds given to them for their education. They are from such poor families that we understand why they have been doing this although we asked them not to do that, and explained that the funds were for their education only.

They are such honest children that they told us they had given some funds and explained why. All reasons were totally valid and acceptable as many have very sad, challenging family situations.

From 7th July 2017:
Scholarships are now:US$200

Sponsorships are now:
US$260 for primary school students
US$320 for secondary school students
US$385 for high school students

Thank you for your interest in CEF and your support,

Saturday, July 1, 2017

CEF Creative Photography Sesssions

Over the summer holidays our local students who are interested in photography attended sessions on Creative Photography with four photographers in four different areas in and around Hoi An.

We believe creativity is important especially for our students who all come from poor backgrounds. The ability to think creatively allows them to resolve challenges creatively.

At the end of the sessions the best three photos from each student were printed and put on exhibition at Dingo Deli in Hoi An.

Prize giving is 3pm on Saturday 15th July at Dingo Deli.

(Photos above are some of the final photos on exhibition)