After taking volunteer trips to the Mekong Delta, I had supposed there were not many muddy roads like that, but the recent trip to Kontum made me deeply sad. Many children stood in line before me to receive the support money from Be Better Foundation. Their footwear in different “styles”. When we asked the Kon Plong District Office of Education, they said there were about 5,000 students in the whole district and probably half of them needed shoes to go to school.
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On the way to school, I used to walk through a 1-kilometer section of dirt road before reaching the paved road. After walking, I spent about 20 minutes riding my bike to school. It was not difficult to walk in the dry season when I could pull my bike along or carry it on my shoulder. However, crossing the muddy section in the rainy season was extremely miserable. I had to hold my bike on my shoulder with one hand and cling to the fence on one side of the road with the other hand while walking step by step, and it was a common occurrence for us, students, to fall into the river with our school bags getting wet.
After taking volunteer trips to the Mekong Delta, I had supposed there were not many muddy roads like that, but the recent trip to Kontum made me deeply sad. I had thought the hardship I used to experience 30 years ago no longer exists nowadays. The truth is that there are still many people in much more difficult circumstances.
Many children stood in line before me to receive the support money from Be Better Foundation. Their footwear in different “styles” made me recall my childhood. I saw myself in their naive black faces. At the end of the scholarship-giving ceremony, the vice-principal was giving a thank-you speech when his eyes suddenly filled with tears and he slowly said: “By the way, I would like to call for the Be Better Foundation to consider, if possible, giving students shoes for them to go to school. It is heart-rending to see them walk ten kilometers through fields and forests without shoes”.
When we asked the Kon Plong District Office of Education, they said there were about 5,000 students in the whole district and probably half of them needed shoes to go to school. Immediately, a thought came to my mind: “So how many of them need clothes or books?”. The more I pondered about it, the more uneasy and painful I felt.
We alone cannot give shoes to all those children. Therefore, we would like to call for more donations from benefactors and philanthropists to help us fulfill this wish.
Parents are divorced, 2 children live with their mother, the mother’s health is weak, she works as a hired laborer but cannot pay for her 2 children’s education. 2 children have to work part-time to pay for their own meals, accommodation, and school fees. The situation is very difficult.
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“My shoes on the field – your shoes to school” is an association football tournament for companies and benefactors. It is held by the Be Better Foundation with the purpose of raising fund to buy shoes for poor students in remote areas.
“Living in the city all these years, I cannot not imagine that poverty is still harshly present in such remote places. There are places where children do not have enough food to eat, their parents can only dig into the ground and in their garden for something edible to feed their children to school.”
Be Better Foundation implements the campaign to build a book library for poor students in remote areas with the hope that “Books will inspire them to have a dream”, “a dream that can change a life”, ”Changing one child’s life will change many generations in the future”
The long-term scholarship program “Bring children to school” which supports financing tuition fees and living expenses for students with extremely difficult circumstances is the core and continuous program of Be Better Foundation.