On August 8, 2017 we brought 8 new bicycles to the Khanh Son Charity School. This is a new home and school in the mountains of Khanh Son that we’ve been supporting. The region consists primarily of the ethnic Raglay minority group, and poverty is endemic in this area. Sister Huong and several other nuns founded the home and school for the children of the poor communities in the region. It is a loving place that houses and cares for many of the community’s children whose families struggle to support and provide for them. Some of the children stay at the home year-round, sleep in dormitories, and have meals together in a communal dining hall. The nuns provide a nurturing environment for all, ensure the children attend local public schools, and offer free daycare, kindergarten, and after school tutoring lessons.
Khanh Son is a sprawling area, and many of the children do not live nearby their school. To ensure that they go to school regularly, we’ve provided bicycles for them to come to school every day. The children can ride double on the bikes, and will make the longer journeys much faster. When the bicycles arrived, all of the children were excited to unpack the bikes and take them on a spin around the school’s courtyard. For most of them, it was the first time they ever had a bicycle to call their own. So fun!
These gifts were provided by kindhearted donations from around the world. Our deepest thanks to Bill Green, Lee Zimmerman, Dan & Van Haynes, Suruchi Khemka, Annie Hy, Thao Dinh, Dane Sawmiller, Daniel Cole, Alexander Phan, Vi Bui, Kari Pepar, and an anonymous donation from Community Shares.