On August 26, 2016 we brought brand new school uniforms for all of the children at the Loc Tho Charity School and Orphanage. The Loc Tho Pagoda lies to the west of Nha Trang, and has long provided a free primary school to poor children in the community whose parents cannot afford the costs of sending their children to public school. At public schools, parents must pay for school uniforms, textbooks, notebooks, school supplies, and school maintenance fees. The result of the accumulation of these costs is that some of the poorest children simply do not go to school. Loc Tho offers free schooling with accredited teachers, and provides everything the children need. In addition to running the Loc Tho Charity School, the pagoda also cares for about 15 orphans and 20 displaced elderly women.
The nuns at Loc Tho are dedicated to the mission of education, and have done such a remarkable job, the school now has over 130 children in attendance. Loc Tho relies upon donations to run the school, and we have been proud to help sponsor their wonderful efforts since 2009. This year, we brought brand new school uniforms for the children, and made a donation for the teachers to buy Ao Dai’s, the traditional dress worn in Vietnam. The children sang songs as our volunteers, led by Loan and Nhan, handed out their uniforms, and were lovely as always.
This project was made possible by a large group of generous donors from around the world. Our greatest thanks to Suruchi Khemka, Thu Quyen Nguyen, Dane Sawmiller, Nhu Le, Daniel Cole, Thao Dinh, Michael Ly, Thaoly Nguyen, and Vigdis Bronder.