Children’s Rural Libraries
Families living in poor rural areas throughout Vietnam often work in rice fields and have a low standard of living. Many of the children living in rural communities have little to do after school (if they are lucky enough to attend), therefore the libraries offer recreational opportunities within the community with the aim of enhancing their literacy skills.
Since 2008 the Loreto Sisters have established a network of small libraries catering for children, ages 6-18 years. Over the last year, with the help of MWIA funds, four libraries were supported. Typically, the libraries have been established at the request of the local community who provide the space, lockable cupboards or shelving and supervision.
- Encourage children to expand their learning by improving their reading skills with a broad range of material.
- Enrich their lives by providing a stimulating and enjoyable hobby.
- Assist in achieving higher educational opportunities.
- As little as AUD$1,800 can support four rural libraries each year.
- With MWIA funding the libraries should be operating effectively after two years with the aim of then handing over responsibility to the community.
This project is constantly growing and is in need of your support!
IBVM Hostel Scholarships
Ensuring students have the resources and support to complete tertiary education is an important step to creating brighter futures. MWIA is proud of its commitment to the IBVM Hostel Scholarships which helps young female students attend university. There are two IBVM Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City – the Mary Ward hostel operating since 2013 and the St Mary Hostel, operating since 2014. Between them they provide accommodation for over 50 young women attending university.
All of the students are from poor rural families throughout Vietnam. Each new school year, the IBVM hostels welcome first year students who are new to city life and aim to give them safe and healthy conditions to live and study. Even with the low fee which covers rent, food and utilities, some students and their families still find it very hard to pay.
- Help students finish their tertiary education by providing safe accommodation.
- Enable students to overcome the various barriers so they become independent and continue their studies.
- Alleviate the immediate financial need of their family to support them.
- The MWIA grant now supports 10 poor rural students in two IBVM hostels, Mary Ward Hostel and St Mary’s Hostel, by providing small scholarships to cover what, for the students, is a significant part of their financial needs.
- The grant assists with their contribution for rent and food as well as books and what else is needed for their study. It helps to ease, even in a small way, the burden of their families.
- Over time it is hoped this project will expand and take on additional students.
John XXIII Teacher Training Scholarship
The poor, especially in rural areas of Vietnam, have limited education with most not completing primary education. The Department of Education and Training says that student numbers are increasing each year but the number of teachers has not increased.
Additionally, there is not enough remuneration to motivate teachers working in remote areas such as accommodation, living and travelling allowances. The teacher shortage has also created overcrowding in the classrooms.
- Provide bursaries to 8 disadvantaged students per year for up to 4 years, who are studying to become teachers.
- Financial security and encouragement offered will enable students to study effectively and complete their university course.
- AUD$5,000 funds eight students for one year. This amount will cover costs associated with tuition, such as text books, stationery, rental payments, food, transportation etc.
- MWIA hopes to expand this program to support teacher training scholarships in other countries where the need is great.
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