I am pleased to report that Hoi Xuan Preschool is now open. 183 three, four and five year-olds currently attend the school, which is located 2 hours outside of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam's Tien Giang Province. Thank you to everyone who helped make the school a reality. We can all smile today knowing that 183 sweet children have begun their education. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the report as much as I have!
Room to Read's report:
The population of Hoi Xuan Commuity is 10,226 with 2,077 households. Most of the population make their living farming, including cultivating crops of rice and fruit and breeding livestock. The rest of the population sells handicrafts and manages small businesses. Unfortunately, flooding has adversely affected agricultural production and the economy. The average income is only around $220 per person per year.
The classrooms are outfitted with many shelves for educational toys and books. Many of the toys were handmade by the teachers. The teachers have created themes in each corner of the classroom (for example, a construction corner and a health corner). In these corners, students can play with toy trucks and construction equipment, or learn about health and medicine.
The construction of Hoi Xuan Preschool was completed through the hard work of the local community and Room to Read. The photo above is of the school's dedication ceremony. Below is a photo of the plaque that was placed on the school exterier which honors my mom, a true believer in the power of education.