We have joined the “Winter Voluntary” project with the Youth Delegation of Hanoi Police Department early this December.
Take a nice train from Hanoi to Lao Cai and then a bus from the Station to Sa Pa. It was the beautiful day when we arrived at Sa Pa. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and clear, no cloud and no fog at all.
After check-in, we spent the first half day for greetings and building friendship with Sa Pa Police Youth Delegation. We also went out and discovered Sa Pa Town in the afternoon on our own. The weather was really nice and we all had a great time.
We travelled to Thanh Kim Village in the next morning. The Village locates in lower area than Sa Pa Town. However, the weather and the living condition here are much harder than in the town because the local live in 3 separate mountains.
It took us more than one hour to travel to the Village although the distance was only approximately 12km from the Town for the road was extremely narrow and bumpy.Approved by Chairman of STC-Group, the donation of 25 million Vietnamese Dong had been given to Thanh Kim School Headmaster for cementing the school playground.
Together with the STC-Group Social Fund, STC-Vietnam staff and friends have also contributed a further amount of 15 million Vietnamese Dong. This was divided into 50 STC-Vietnam envelopes to give to 10 talented pupils and 40 poorest families living in the Village to encourage them to overcome the difficulties. Farewell Thanh Kim! Within just a few hours, the weather turned bad quickly, it was so dark and foggy that we could not recognize who was standing a few feet next to us. We left the Village in the afternoon with many concerns.
Vietnam still has many poor areas like Thanh Kim which need the contribution not only from you, from me, but from all of us. And for sure that with your kind supports, more and more students and children in the highland and remote areas will be supported and encouraged in the future.