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A 3-mile pipeline was used to bring spring water from the mountain top down to the village. This main water pipe was branched in several receiving stations, spaced according to the village population density. Families now have ready access to clean water for drinking, cooking, clothe washing, bathing, etc. This water is clean and convenient compared to the original source which came from a nearby lake about a mile away.
A number of houses and latrines were built to enhance the health and living condition for villagers here. The latrines (3 to date) allow villagers to rid their waste properly instead the back yard or nearby bushes. This promotes healthy living and prevents the spread of diseases. Brick houses (5 to date) were built and latrines for very poor families with young children.
We contributed to the building of the care center in 2006 and supported its operation with food money for the children and training for young “teachers/care-providers”. This center and its staff of 8 semi-volunteers provide care for 60 children age ranging from 1-7 years old. This project benefited many folds: 1) alleviate malnutrition for the children whom we first saw as walking skeletons; 2) training of these children in basic life skills; 3) training for young ladies to be children care specialists; 4) allows both parents to work with a peace of mind. Without this day care center, the parent(s) could not go to work, the children would not have eaten, and their family would not have progressed. We also gave the village children clothes, toys, candies and tooth brushes/paste collected from donors in the US. Chúng tôi đã đóng góp vào việc xây dung các trung tâm chăm sóc trong năm 2006 và hỗ trợ hoạt động của nó với tiền thức ăn cho trẻ em và tập huấn cho các “giáo viên/ người chăm sóc” trẻ. Trung tâm này và nhân viên của nó là 8 bán tình nguyện chăm sóc cho 60 trẻ em độ tuổi khác nhau, từ 1-7 tuổi. Dự án này được hưởng lợi nhiều nếp gấp: 1) giảm suy dinh dưỡng cho trẻ em
At a nearby church, there is a short-term training program for 100 boys (13-15 yrs old) from several ethnic villages. While living here for 2 months period, the youths learn reading, writing, math and general life skills and civic duties. This allows the youths to venture beyond their village and interact successfully with modern Vietnamese in schools, jobs, and the market place. We also fund a vocational sewing class for 20 older girls who also live here 2 months to learn how to cut and sew clothes. The youths are fed three meals a day of rice, vegetables and once in a while, some eggs or dry fish for protein. We also provided funding for clothing and books for their upcoming school year.
GIA-RAI ETHNIC VIETNAMESE GROUP, PLEIKU VIETNAM
We’re committed to supporting a tourist-forbidden village called Gia Rai as these villagers are totally shut out to any aids. Our preliminary and restricted survey showed that the average family size is 5-6 people with one working parent whose wage is about 18
USD/month picking tea leaves for farm owners. The living condition here is so depressed that villagers would be lucky to have one meal each day, and half of the population is children 1-10 whose ribs stick out and cheek bones rose prominently on their dirt ridden faces. We are funding these families with food and the village with latrines, but there is so much more to do here.
This home-based, back-alley center provides care for young pregnant girls who can’t even feed themselves and their new born after the mother gives up. There are four girls who are almost to term, a couple of nannies and 18 new born babies under the age of 2. One of those abandoned babies did not have a colon and a faulty heart valve who had undergone many surgeries to survive thus far with a colostomy bag. We fund basic food provision and healthcare for the moms and the babies
This center is a continue orphanage program for children 2 years and older. There are 18 toddlers at 2-3 years old living here and they are fed and cared for with 3 full time nannies and 3 young girls. Because these two centers operate under severe government restrictions, they will be part of our long-term care as well.
Cambodia is where rural folks still catch crickets for dinner and live off the natural resources of the land, be it farming, fishing, gathering, etc. Water comes from the river or the lake where it’s contaminated with human/animal waste, garbage, and diesel fuel. Thousands of Vietnamese are trapped here, living below the below-poverty line that normal Cambodian are living. They are illegal immigrants with no status and no access to Cambodian education or jobs.
We started funding this school in 2007 for the teaching of 60 kids in proper living and basic skills like language and math. These children are from poor families whose parents make meager living or jobless in the depressed Cambodian rural economics. We funded a new water well and rebuilding the latrines for the school. The well and latrines are also used by 10 families behind the school The kids continue to be in their best behavior as we handed out another round of toys, candies, tooth brushes/paste, and backpacks. This year, we funded their means of transportation (a van) and newer desks and benches. More importantly, we also hired a language teacher to teach them the Cambodian language. That is the only way they can qualify to attend Cambodian regular public schools. That is the only way they can acculturate themselves into the Cambodian society, to someday gain a decent job, to survive in this economy, and to break out of the Vietnamese ghetto world in Cambodia.
We build a school house and equipped it with 20 sewing machines to teach sewing to the young girls from impoverished families. The 25 girls range in age from 15-19 years old who have no skills to enter the workforce. Once the girls are trained, most of them will go to Phnom Penh to work. Without this vocation, they will likely be pushed into prostitution or local roadside “massage parlors” as it is the norm here. The saddest part, it’s their parents who force them into prostitution because there is no other way to earn a living.