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Tet Shoe Box Appeal 2018 – Season of Giving

Tết is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture, honouring the arrival of spring. The celebration brings with it delicious food like bánh chưng, bánh dày, dưa hấu and traditional customs such as ancestor worship, wishing New Year's greetings and giving lucky money. Tết symbolises the time of the year where people can forget about the troubles of the past year and look towards the future.

  • Tet Shoe Box Collection

This time is as special for children of our community partners as it is for everyone else in Vietnam. Tết is a time of happiness but can also bring family and financial pressures.  One way that we can support our partners and their families is by running the annual Tết collection.

This year, we are doing the collection slightly differently to how we have before. The concept is that all of the children in our community partners will receive a Tet gift from us in the form of a shoe box, similar to the Christmas Shoe Box Appeals in the UK. In the shoe box there will be new clothes, stationary, toys, books, something edible. These can be created by everyone in the BIS HCMC Community - students, staff and parents across all campuses.

This will be a lovely way to share our Tet celebrations with our community partners and we hope everyone will get involved in this whole school initiative!

On each campus there will be a Tet tree as the donation point for all the boxes. See below for more information for your campus.


Shoebox Collection Point: Student Centre

Donation Point: Outside Reception

Campus Contact: Catherine.Sargent@bisvietnam.com


Box Collection Point: Reception

Donation Point: The Foyer

Campus Contact: Luke.Neville@bisvietnam.com

APP/Junior Campus Term 2

Shoebox Collection Point: The Table Near Reception

Donation Point: Outside Canteen

Campus Contact: Samantha.Baker@bisvietnam.com

Early Years and Infant Campus

Shoebox Collection Point: Reception

Donation Point: The Parent's Hall

Campus Contact: Luke.Neville@bisvietnam.com

We hope to give a Tet box to as many children from our community partners as possible. Tet boxes will be thoughtfully distributed to the following partners:

  • Binh Trieu, Binh Tho & Binh An School
  • The Children’s Cancer Ward in Binh Thanh & District 2
  • Ky Quang Pagoda II, Go Vap
  • Poussières de Vie – Phan Huy Ich School
  • Mai Tam House of Hope
  • Anh Minh School for the Hearing Impaired
  • The Thien Phuoc Home for Disabled Children
  • Mai Am Shelter
  • Nhat Hong Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Christina Noble Children’s Foundation

Click here to see how to make your Tet box!

We look forward to starting the collection in the new year!

The Community Team & Cat Sargent 

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