Putting children first
At Plan, children are at the heart of everything we do, and our work in Hoang Su Phi is no exception. With your help, we've been investing in children so they can survive and thrive. And that's not just the right thing to do, it's also the smart thing to do because ensuring that children have the chance to reach their full potential is one of the best and most valuable investments a community can make in its long term development.
"There have been so many changes for our children since Plan arrived," attests Lam, one local father. "Children are getting better care and we appreciate them more. We know that they are our future."
Lam's five-year-old daughter Then Thi Han, is already on the path to a better future, thanks to you. Instead of accompanying her parents to the fields while they work, she's now going to one of her community's new kindergartens and getting the vital head start that early childhood education provides.
"I like going very much," she says. "Singing and dancing are my favourite subjects."
Education is one of the most important aspects of our work in Hoang Su Phi, and with your generous support over the past three months we've invested in:
- The construction of a new kindergarten for 22 children, and newly-built kitchens for three other pre-schools, ensuring that 100 young children have access to nutritious meals every day
- New water systems and latrines at local schools, giving over 300 children access to better sanitation and vastly improved health and hygiene
- Newly-built playgrounds benefitting over 400 children
- A new concrete road providing a safe route to school for 50 children.
Of course, it’s not just the tangible results that testify to the impact of your investment. Most importantly, it’s the intangibles – the happiness, hope and pride that are evident in the smiling faces of children like Then Thi Han.
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