Access to education is a major challenge for children living in poverty who often have to work from an early age to help support their families, are unable to travel the long distance to school, or are simply unable to afford school fees. Abandoned or orphaned children without legal identity papers are also unable to access the free government education system.
CNCF has established the following education projects to assist children in these circumstances. The aim is to provide them with a basic education and eventually re-integrate them into the State system.
Vietnam Education Projects
In Vietnam, few vocational training schemes or employment opportunities admit students who do not have at least a Grade 5 Certificate. The Sunshine School provides children with this much-needed certificate.
Along with academic study, they also learn how to interact socially with other children and adults, skills that are crucial to their future success.
Music and Art Education Programme
This Music and Art Education Programme allows over 200 children from the CNCF Sunshine School and CNCF Boys and Girls Shelters the chance to express themselves creatively and achieve their potential through interests outside of schooling such as art, dance, singing & drama.
Through sport, children learn to develop their social skills, confidence and the ability to work alongside others, all while improving their general health and fitness. Our Sports Programme offers more than 300 children this opportunity through our current schedule of taekwondo, tennis, swimming and football.
Tay Ninh Centre for Visually Impaired Children
Tay Ninh, a province located about 100 km to the Southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, was the scene of one of the fiercest battles during the Vietnam war where tragically a large amount of defoliant agents were sprayed. After the war, it became apparent that a high number of children were being born with serious physical deformities and impaired vision. These conditions are still prevalent today.
Our Centre provides residential and educational facilities, as well as healthcare, rehabilitation, entertainment and vocational training for 60 children suffering from partial or total blindness. In its ten years of operation, it has gained a reputation amongst the local community for the incredible changes it has been bringing to visually impaired children.
Education Assistance Programme
The CNCF Education Assistance Programme provides scholarships that cover school fees and other expenses to enable children to attend mainstream schools. Children and families accepted into the Programme are extremely poor, and include orphans, the disabled and children from large families who are struggling financially. The Programme was established in 2002 and now supports more than 300 underprivileged children in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Tien Giang and Kien Giang to attend school.
Mongolia Education Projects
Blue Skies Day Care Centre
The Blue Skies Day Care Centre provides pre-school education in a warm and caring environment for children living in our Ger Village and poor surrounding areas. In addition to learning through play and physical activities, the programme also provides primary healthcare and daily nutritious meals, transport to and from home and Mongolian and English classes for 35 children aged 2-4 years old.
Music & Arts Programme
The Music & Arts Programme in Mongolia gives children living in our Ger Village the opportunity to express themselves creatively and grow their self confidence through singing, playing musical instruments, art and dance.
The Boys Prison project has been supported by CNCF since 1997. It provides education in line with the Mongolian curriculum, vocational training in bakery and additional assistance such as clothing and sanitary items to imprisoned boys under the age of 18. In providing this support, we aim to integrate the children back into society and give them the opportunity to become productive citizens.
Child Sponsorship Programme
In both Mongolia and Vietnam, our flagship Child Sponsorship Programme provides underprivileged children with the financial and logistical support they need to gain an education and break the cycle of poverty.
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We are proud to announce a new partnership with luxury childrenswear designs, China Doll. With the purchase of each dress, China Doll will donate one full school kit to a child in need in Vietnam.
Mongolia has a population of 2.8 million and 40% are under the age of 20.
HK$7 is all it takes each day to feed a child at the CNCF Tay Ninh Centre for Visually Impaired Children in Vietnam. That's the same as buying a bottle of Bon Aqua water in Hong Kong.