SDC organized two workcamps in July. Sunny Playground ran over the course of a week from 20th to 27th July in Pa Che 2 and Effervescent Summer ran over the course of two weeks from 7th to 21st July in Pa Che 1. Each involved 14 SDC volunteers and both locations are in Moc Chau, Son La province.
The trip started in the early morning with extremely eager volunteers and four SDCers. We received a very warm welcome from the headmistress of Pa Che 1 Elementary school and the children after a 5 hour long journey by coach. We were greatly supported and encouraged through the hospitality of the local people. We successfully organized three small programs at the school.
Louise Sutherland is a volunteer from Scotland who spent three weeks in May in Vietnam teaching English for primary school children. Being able to understand English language could give them a better chance of a future out of poverty. But she felt that she would like to do even more, so she set up a fundraising page to raise some money that could be spent towards the specific needs of the schools and children.
Through the project “Increase Access and Quality of Primary Education” coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS), with the funding from the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ), a primary school was built in the village of Pa Che 2, Van Ho commune, Moc Chau district, Son La province. This school will help to increase the level of education and the learning in the small villages of Vietnam.