The following is a report of the Vietnamese Children’s Project, started by An and Mau. An and Mau have been a part of community transformational development in Vietnam since 1995.
It all began with one little boy.
While revisiting a school in Vietnam in 2008, CAMA worker Mau noticed one child was still in kindergarten for the second year. She felt he could have easily moved on to first grade.
The teacher informed Mau that the boy’s father had passed away, and his mother couldn’t afford to send him to a regular school. The boy remained in kindergarten for his safety as the mother farmed for income.
Ten years later, CAMA Vietnam now sponsors the education of 250 children, all with a similar story to that little boy. The children are from the poorest families in their communities and have lost one or both parents due to illness or tragic accidents.
In Vietnam and many communities around the world, orphans or children from single-parent families tend to quit school early as they cannot afford tuition or school supplies. They also face a higher risk of being trafficked or forced into child labor than children with two parents.
Today, through the Vietnamese Children’s Project:
- 90 percent of the children in the program have finished high school
- 10 percent are now pursuing bachelor’s degrees or vocational training
- 10 children who were part of the program graduated college and have stable jobs to support their families. And some of these young adults are giving back to CAMA to support other children.
Through the program, children, families, and leaders in the communities have heard about Jesus’ love and His salvation. Some have given their lives to Christ. One child’s family has opened their home for Bible study and have about 40 people attending.
“Thanks and praises to the Lord for the opportunities that CAMA has to sow word and deed to transform lives in these communities,” says Mau.
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