Street Children

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This little girl works at this stand selling drinks and cigarettes outside the bus station 7 days a week. Shes eager to learn but shows up to class sometimes with 3 toddlers. She's maybe 13.

I love teaching these guys.  Some are really beautiful.  Some are really funny.  Some are exceptionally smart and hard working.  All of them are appreciative and respectful.  I'm gonna miss them like crazy.   Next month there's only 3 vollies, but in November there will be 5 and in December there will be 7!  So I'm sure they'll be getting alot of love.  Viet also mentioned getting the program to focus more on street kids and less on kindergarten, high school , or VTC.  Everyone in Tuy Hoa could use the english lessons,but we can't be available to everyone.  We need to prioritize and no-one needs us more than the street kids.

showing up to class with 3 toddlers
  If these kids don't learn english, they won't have anything else.   They'll live the rest of there childhood begging, selling lottery tickets, or serving drinks.  They won't have a proper education, they won't have the chance to go to college, they won't have a skill in any particular trade.   If they can learn English they can get out of Tuy Hoa.  They can get a job working at a hotel or for a business in the city, and they can make a career for themselves.  They deserve the chance at least.

The street children get a meal Mon - Wed. the three nights a week that we teach.  If we didn't give them the meals alot of them would need to go "home" to eat, which can be quite a distance away from town so it would be too late for them to come back to class.

streetkids dinner that GVN pays for, about .25 cents a kid.
  For those that don't have a "home" to go to, they'd need to work twice as hard during the day to ensure being fed at night.  We'd love to feed them more nights a week but it's not in the budget.  It costs 25 cents to feed 1 kid a dinner. 

Before we were here, they got classes in vietnamese and math 3 nights a week by Vietnamese employees of the govt.  Our addition is English lessons, uniforms, sandals, text books, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, toothbrushes, vitamins and a meal 3 nights a week.   It's good to remember that even if we did nothing at all, just being here is already a benefit for them.  They can giggle when they see the strange foreigners with their beautiful pale skin and their pointy noses.  They can smile when they get their pictures taken.  They can get an encouraging hug or pat on the shoulder, one more than they would have gotten otherwise.  You may not think it means much.  But here it means the world to these children.

kristine_hardy says:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=51088&l=1d3df&id=555138619

has our photos of the downstairs class (mainly) at Christmas 2008.
Posted on: Dec 29, 2008
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This little girl works at this sta…
This little girl works at this st…
showing up to class with 3 toddlers
showing up to class with 3 toddlers
streetkids dinner that GVN pays fo…
streetkids dinner that GVN pays f…
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Streetkids spokesperson and numbe…
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GVN volunteers giving the student…
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the eldest streetkid, 22 years old.
the eldest streetkid, 22 years old.
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Tuy Hoa
photo by: MarnieElder