Hungerford/Clinard Kindergarten Challenge

Give the Best Start Possible For C’Tu Ethnic Minority Children
in the Remote Mountains of Vietnam

What is Hungerford/Clinard Kindergarten Challenge? Where there is illiteracy there is poverty, and investing in young children will give them the best start possible for success in school and life. Hungerford/Clinard Kindergarten Challenge is a matching gift fundraisier to build kindergartens in an ethnic minority region of Quang Nam Province of Vietnam. Quite simply for every $1.00 you donate, it will be matched.

Who benefits?
Members of the C’ Tu ethnic minority make up 97% of the population in Tay Giang, a remote mountainous district located in Quang Nam province in Central Vietnam near the Laotian border. There are 70 small village communities and 12,992 people living in this 351square mile area. The C’ Tu are generous and peaceful people primarily live off the land. The rainy weather is ideal for growing jute to produce fibers needed for their beautiful textiles. Although economic advances have been made in the urban areas of Vietnam primarily inhabited by the majority Kinh ethnic group, nearly all Tay Giang residents live below the poverty level. They have neither sanitation facilities nor clean drinking water.

Did you know?
Ethnic minority children are 20 – 25% less likely to complete the first five years of primary education than Kinh children

When will the kindergarten be built?
A kindergarten fully equipped with teaching tools and learning toys for the children costs $20,000. There are many villages needing a kindergarten and our goal is to build a kindergarten in each one. Construction begins as soon as the goal for one kindergarten is met, then we begin again until each village has a kindergarten.

Each kindergarten is designed to provide an age-appropriate, comfortable, secure building completely furnished with learning and playground equipment, ceiling fans, lighting, electrical system, water system, indoor toilets, washroom, and awning for shade. Normal facility size is approximately 25 x 30 ft. and will accommodate 25+ children, ages 3-6.

Examples of Kindergarten Costs:

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