Leng Thi Lai
For the children of local farming families, the days are long and busy. We asked Leng Thi Lai, a 14-year-old grade-8 student, to describe a typical day when she's in school.
"I wake up at 6AM and have breakfast," says Lai, "then I walk 4km to reach school at 6:45AM. In the afternoon, I come back home for lunch, then I help my parents with the house work, cut grass to feed the cattle and collect firewood. From 5:30PM to 7PM, I cook and have dinner with my parents. In the evening, I take some time to study then go to bed at 9PM."
While on summer holidays now, Lai will be going back to school in the fall to start grade 9. "I love to study Music and History," say Lai. "When I grow up, I want to become a teacher to bring knowledge to the children in my village."
Lai says she has seen many positive changes in her community since Plan arrived, including tangible improvements in the life of her own family. "We have more cattle and a better place to keep them," says Lai, gesturing with pride at her family's new barn.