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Mud, adventure and a new preschool

I’ve just arrived back from 12 days of fun, food and adventure in Vietnam, where a group of us participated in the Vietnam Trek for Toddlers. We’d been fundraising, training and getting to know each other over the past few months and after feeling like the trip would never come, it was suddenly time to get on the plane!

All up, 18 Australians and four local guides participated in this challenge (which was far more challenging than any of us expected – trekking in the mud and rain was intense!) and we got the chance to visit Go Thau village and meet some of the gorgeous kiddies who will benefit from the new preschool that has been the focus of our fundraising efforts.

You can see in the photo below our group standing in front of the current school (which is an old buffalo shed) so you can see what these children have been coping with. It has low walls, thin straw mats on concrete floors for the kids to sit on and all they have to play with is play-doh – that is, until we arrived with toys!

We discovered that ChildFund Australia is not just constructing the preschool building but is also providing a kitchen, running water, toilets and ongoing training for existing and new teachers. And it’s not just the kids who benefit. The children learn and then go home and educate their parents – it has such a positive impact on communities.

 

Vietnam Trek for Toddlers raised $74000 for projects in Vietnam

While we raised a massive $74,000, we are $50k short of the total amount required to complete the construction of the new school. Some of us ‘trekkers’ want to keep fundraising and have already started reaching out to our friends and colleagues to help us sell donuts or chocolates. It sounds small but you wouldn’t believe how much you can raise if everyone you know sells a box each!

We plan on going back to Vietnam next year after construction of the preschool has been completed. We feel extremely proud of ourselves and everyone who has helped support our fundraising efforts. Between us, we have helped complete strangers and ensured the children of this village, now and in the future, will receive quality education.

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