Nam Harrison, a ten-year old American boy, who was adopted from Vietnam and lives in Los Angeles, has big plans and a bigger heart. With the help of his parents and family friends, Nam and Clara Wilson, built a kindergarten in Danang that serves 122 kids every day. Nam visited the school for the first time this August 2017 and was inspired to do more.
Nam wants to build the young children of the ethnic minority C’Tu tribe a primary school. After visiting the tribe in the Truong Son Mountains, and seeing the shack the kids use for a school, the connection was made, and Nam is unstoppable. “They should have a school too, Mom. Let’s do this!”
Nam’s plan is simple: Give up a birthday party, in exchange for a fund-raising party for the C’Tu School. Nam leads by example and raised over $10,000.00 at his birthday fundraiser. $43,000 more is needed. Now other children and adults are inspired to do the same. The goal: build this school as soon as possible so no child has to wait to learn!
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Nam Harrison & Friends
More about the Project
Summer visit to Truong Son Mountains in Quang Nam Province to visit with the C’tu children, their families, local officials and see their temporary school.
Why Build A School?
According to the World Bank Report on Education 2014: Significant challenges in educational access and quality still remain. Barriers to education access are concentrated in specific regions in Vietnam, where schooling conditions are harder due to lack of adequate human resources, different languages, high poverty rates, lack of adequate financial resources and the existence of smaller remote communities that tend to make education services very costly to deliver. An estimated 20% of ethnic minority children have no access to primary education.
Why The C’Tu?
According to UNICEF, a pressing need in Vietnam is to have more children start their education at an early age, however, limited access to quality early childhood education in very remote areas has led to “significant bottlenecks to education outcomes for ethnic minority children.” (UNICEF annual report, 2013) Being behind other children academically adds to the many factors that could lead to dropping out of school and leaving behind the opportunities a good education can provide. Ethnic minority children are particularly at risk and have much to gain from early education:
- Ethnic minority children make up more than 60% of all poor children.
- Facing language barriers and long, difficult treks to school, ethnic minority children are 20 – 25% less likely to complete the first five years of primary education than Kinh children.
- There are high drop-out rates among children from ethnic minorities in remote villages due to:
(1) high rates of poverty;
(2) poorly equipped schools in remote areas; and
(3) lack of information.
We can replace this shack with a real school!
Will you help?