Last year HIS participated in the Tet Shoe Box project. This was the first time this project was run in Hanoi (to our knowledge). Last year we raised 53 shoe boxes full of school supplies, clothes and toys.
This year, HIS is participating again in the shoe box project. So far, there are 54 people (both students and staff) who have pledged to donate shoe boxes. This year HIS is also launching a new project. The new project is the food parcel project.
The food parcel project
The food parcel project aims to provide families living in the floating villages on the outskirts of Hanoi with enough food for the Tet festival. So far, 26 people (both students and staff) have pledged to donate food parcels.
The food parcels will contain non perishable items such as dried noodles and soy sauce. The boxes are quite small; only smaller items will fit in them. To make sure that each family has enough food, the PTA is looking for (at least) 52 kg of rice (2 kg per family – 26 families).
We are donating the food parcels to Phao Floating Village. Phao village is located on the river bank on Long Bien district (see map). 26 Families live in the floating village. The community in the floating village is poor but self sufficient. They go around the city collecting recycling for their income. In the village they do not have reliable access to electricity and drinking water. Many of them are families that have moved to Hanoi from the country in search of a better life. However because a lot of them do not have the necessary documents they can not enroll their children in schools and find it difficult to access healthcare.
Ms. Nicola (HIS teacher) visited the village last year with some grade 5 students, who donated books to an organisation called School on the Boat. This organisation tries to help the families access education and health care. Some pictures from the visit are included below.
This picture shows one of the access points to the village.
This is the view from the side of the village. When Ms. Nicola and the grade 5 students visited it had been raining and the village was partially flooded, which meant it was not safe for them to enter the village fully.
The Tet shoe box project
The PTA to encourages parents to donate any old clothes or toys that they no longer use for the Birla’s Children’s Village orphanage. Birla’s Children’s village is home to 106 children. There are 6 volunteer mothers who run the center, The children here get their education paid for by the Vietnamese Government, so their is no need to supply them with school materials. They do however need clothing and toys. http://www.birlahanoi.vn/
- Ms. Nicola coordinates both projects
- The PTA is happy to facilitate and encourage parents to participate
- Ms. Nicola wishes to get all shoe boxes and food parcels collected before the Winter Break. The boxes will be delivered on Tet.
- Last deadline: Ms. Nicola can receive donations of rice for the food parcels and clothes and toys for the orphanages and/or floating village families right up until Monday 23rd January.
- Donations can be brought to Ms. Nicola in room 4.2 of the secondary school.