At BVIS we care!
So, back in June of this year, you may recall an article that I wrote about a UNICEF campaign ‘Kindness is contagious’.
“A UNICEF campaign, ‘Kindness is Contagious’ has recently been launched in Vietnam and so we felt it fitting to support this initiative in the way of a House Art competition, held as part of our International Children’s Day activities. We look forward to seeing some of our children’s creations on our Facebook page and potentially included in the UNICEF ‘Kindness is Contagious’ book which will be distributed nationally.”
I am pleased to announce that our children in Foundation 3 at that time, now in Year 1, were winners of that competition and their entry will now be published by UNICEF. Congratulations to our children and staff on this fantastic achievement.
Continuing the theme of ‘Caring’, at the end of last week I was proud to talk to two of our students about their work within Vietnamese communities. One young man, in Year 6 and his brother, in Year 3, have been volunteering their assistance in different community projects. When I interviewed them, I was told:
“Ha Tinh is located in the middle of Vietnam. Because of the harsh weather, there are a lot of people living in poverty. Our family has been here for generations and has twice been honored with the World's Heritage Memorial Award by UNESCO of Ancient Schools – Moc Ban Truong Luu in 2016.
As the patriarch of this generation, I am happy to be able to help the poor students from my hometown. By giving out books, I hope we are able to, in part, enrich the students' lives.”
On 30/4/2020, which is Reunification Day, we gave out rice to the poor people of Hanoi who have been affected by the COVID pandemic. They have faced many difficulties with earning money. Through donations, each person received 3 kgs of rice and for those that came early, eggs and sausages too.
Finally, Na Ri Kindergarten is located in Bac Can, a mountainous province in Northern Vietnam and one of the poorest. While there, we painted and decorated the school with giant pencils, a symbol of learning. We created a playground for the children; we gave them new clothes, beds, tables, chairs, books and school equipment and we bought fruit, candy, treats and toys so that they could organize a moon festival party for the children.”
When I asked the boys “What next?”
They replied, “We want to do more.”