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Help struggling kids in Saigon get an education

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BENEFITING: SAIGON CHILDRENS CHARITY USA

EVENT DATE: Aug 14, 2014

G Chen

THE STORY:

In rural Vietnam, a malnourished 14-year-old girl named Phung acts almost as the head of her household. She is tiny, standing just 4 feet 11 inches and weighing 97 pounds.

Yet if Phung is achingly fragile, she’s also breathtakingly strong. To get to school on time, she sets her alarm for 3 a.m. each day. She rises quietly so as not to wake her younger brother and sister, who both share her bed, and she then cooks rice for breakfast while reviewing her books.

Her mother died of cancer and her father has to take city jobs to make ends meet… because in their community in rural Vietnam, families live on VND 7000 per day (the threshold of poverty among the rural population). That’s about USD 33 cents a day. Imagine living on 33 cents a day.

So during the week, Phung is like a single mother who happens to be in the ninth grade. Phung wakes her brother and sister, and then after breakfast they all trundle off to school. For Phung, that means a 90-minute commute each way. She arrives at school 20 minutes early to be sure she’s not late. After school, the three children go fishing to get something to eat for dinner. She washes her only school uniform — a white dress — in a bucket each evening and hopes it will dry overnight.

Every day, she helps her little brother and sister with their homework first and then completes her own. Sometimes she doesn’t collapse into bed until 11 p.m., only to rouse herself four hours later.

On August 14, I will be heading to Ho Chi Minh city as part of a Credit Suisse volunteer trip to help build a school for Saigon Children’s Charity. We will be working in Tieu Can, one of the poorest communes in Tra Vinh, Vietnam. In Tieu Can, most people work in farming.

This is where YOU come in. We need your funds to help girls like Phung. Through Credit Suisse’s partnership with Saigon Children’s Charity, we can provide education and scholarships for these little girls. We’re looking for donations between 500 to 10,000 USD to help girls like Phung. 

I’d like to make a bigger impact than just flying to Ho Chi Minh to hammer in a few nails and paint some walls. I’ve set up a funding page on Crowdrise to raise money for Saigon Children’s Charity on the run-up to the volunteer trip. The kids in Saigon and I will be grateful if you can donate whatever you can.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,318

MONEY RAISED
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  • Dominic Yip

    $160

  • George

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • David Leung

    $300

  • Andrew Waller

    $80

  • Edwin Lim

    $40

  • Luke McBride

    $48

  • Jimmy Yip

    $50

  • G Cohen

    $80

  • T FELTON

    $80

  • Roger Schenker

    $50

  • Trang

    $80

  • Sameer Taneja

    $80

  • Abhishek Pal

    $100

  • Hans G

    $100

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26% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $1,318 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Hans G

Hans G

DONATION: $100

Best wishes and sounds like a great cause. Good luck! 4 years ago

Abhishek Pal

Abhishek Pal

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Sameer Taneja

Sameer Taneja

DONATION: $80

4 years ago

Trang

Trang

DONATION: $80

4 years ago

Roger Schenker

Roger Schenker

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

T FELTON

T FELTON

DONATION: $80

4 years ago

G Cohen

G Cohen

DONATION: $80

4 years ago

Jimmy Yip

Jimmy Yip

DONATION: $50

Childhood shouldn't be like this. Applaud their efforts for education and hope we can make a difference. Good effort Geoffrey 4 years ago

Luke McBride

Luke McBride

DONATION: $48

4 years ago

Edwin Lim

Edwin Lim

DONATION: $40

4 years ago