Completed Projects
The Thanh Chung kindergarten
In January 2016, the new VES kindergarten in Thanh Chung hamlet opened.

Phun Xuong is a semi-rural commune of 4,500 people, with an agricultural base and a small factory. The average annual family income is $1,150 U.S. dollars. The Thanh Chung kindergarten draws children from four of the eight hamlets that make up the commune. The population is growing and the previous sub-standard facilities could not accommodate all of the kindergarten-aged children. (Many more parents would like to send their children here including those who work at the factory across the road and must send their children elsewhere.) For the 161 children who studied at the Thanh Chung kindergarten, there were two small classrooms, a storage room and a section of the community hall.

VES built a separate two large kindergarten classroom block with washrooms. This allowed the 25 – 30 three year olds who studied in a narrow crowded storage area ​(see photo on the right at the bottom) ​to move into one of the two new classrooms​, gave the other students more space and brought additional students into the school​.
Les Holroyd Bien Dong Primary School Library
The Les Holroyd Bien Dong Primary School library was completed in January 2015. Bien Dong Commune is in Luc Ngan district of eastern Bac Giang province.

This is a poor farming area but the school has a good reputation; many students are selected for district academic competitions. The school administration and local commune desperately wanted a library in order to better support their students.

They are absolutely delighted with its construction. This library now serves a primary school of over 600 students in 28 classes from grades 1 through 5.
The Kon Kloc kindergarten
The Kon Kloc kindergarten was completed in August 2014. It is a two room early childhood education centre (with washrooms) for 50 four and five years olds, in Kon Kloc Hamlet, Dak Mar Commune, Kon Tum Province, Vietnam.

Dak Mar is a poor rural commune in the northern Dak Ha District. It is in a mountainous, remote part of Vietnam’s central highlands. The commune has a population of about 6,500 people and most residents farm and raise livestock. Living conditions are difficult.
Nguyen Hien Primary School
Tien Xuan Satellite Branch
VES's 2012 project was the construction of the Nguyen Hien Primary School - Tien Xuan Satellite Branch in Tam Anh Nam Commune, Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam. This five classroom (with a two stall bathroom) primary school was completed in August 2012. The Nguyen Hien Primary School houses over 120 children, ages 6-11.

Tam Anh Nam is a commune of Nui Thanh district, located 10 km north of the district capital. The commune is made up of eight hamlets with slightly under 10,000 people. A full 85% of its residents earn their living by farming and 15% work in the trade, service and handicraft sectors. Tam Anh Nam commune is regarded as an extremely poor commune by the central government. Residents earn an average monthly per capita income of $18 USD, mainly through small-scale agriculture. Therefore, investment in school facilities from the local community is very limited.

The previous school was built in 1966 and was in danger of collapse. (See photos on the right at the bottom.) The roof was rotten and leaky, the wooden support beams were warped, the brick walls were crumbling and cracked and the school grounds were unpaved. The school location was also unsafe as it was right beside (ie. within 15 metres) of what is now the main North-South highway in Vietnam.

The new school is in a safer (and quieter) location a short distance away. The road was so noisy that the teachers said they routinely lost their voices trying to speak above the din. Overall, the new school contributes to an enhanced quality of education for all of its students past and future.

At the opening ceremony, the Nguyen Hien primary school principal thanked VES and promised "to maintain and keep the facilities in good condition and maximize the use of these new classrooms for the education of the community's students, while improving the quality of teaching and learning."
Beth Holroyd Tuan Mau Early Childhood Education Centre
In October 2011, construction began on the Beth Holroyd Tuan Mau Early Childhood Education Centre in Tuan Mau Commune, Bac Giang Province. Tuan Mau is in Son Dong, a mountainous district of Bac Giang province. Tuan Mau is 80 km. from An Chau, the capital of Son Dong district. The commune has a population of approximately 5,000 people and relies on agriculture and forestry. Living conditions are very difficult.

Tuan Mau is very rural, literally at the end of the road, a five and a half hour drive from Hanoi. Tuan Mau's rural location meant that construction took a lot longer than normal as everything from finding contractors willing to work in so remote an area to heavy rains which washed out roads for weeks at a time added additional challenges and delayed the project completion.

However, the East Meets West school construction team persevered. On September 12, 2012, the opening ceremony for the Beth Holroyd Tuan Mau Early Childhood Education Centre was held. The early childhood education centre consists of two large classrooms furnished with chairs, tables and fans and a washroom. It replaces a dilapidated, unsafe structure and will allow more than 60 children between ages 3 and 5 to attend a full day of school.

The Bac Giang provincial representative, Mr. Giap Minh Quang, described the area and thanked VES by saying, "This project is funded by VES for ethnic people living in a mountainous area. Tuan Mau is a disadvantaged commune and students have travelled a long way to school. This project will help the children to go to school more conveniently, contributing to improve the local infrastructure and laying a vital foundation for their education.

On behalf of the Bac Giang Study Promotion Association and the local people, I would like to think VES and EMW, especially Ms. Carin, who have an interest in Bac Giang province, sharing the difficulties with the community and providing Bac Giang with assistance to build the kindergarten to better serve the children at kindergarten age who are the future of the country."
Thai Thuy Primary School
The Thai Thuy Primary School, Trung Thai satellite branch, in Quang Binh province in central Vietnam opened in 2010. Most residents of the Thai Thuy Commune earn their living through agriculture although a few are small business owners or civil servants. This is a very poor commune and the average monthly per capita income is less than US$10. About 31% of the population lives at or below the official poverty line.

The Thai Thuy Primary School project involved the construction of three one-storey classrooms, a two stall bathroom, UV water treatment systems, electricity, fans, lights, a paved pathway and all furniture and fans. There are 105 students in grades 1 to 3 attending the school full-time. This was one of the first schools in the commune to have enough classrooms to permit students to attend school full-time rather than half-days.
Cát Nê Primary School
In June 2007, VES opened its first school in the Cat Ne commune, Thai Nguyen province in northern Vietnam. The school it replaced was extremely old with a leaking roof and crumbling walls. Students said it was very hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter.

The new Cat Ne primary school is a ten room, fully-equipped facility that is home to over 350 students. The school consists of two wings, each with five classrooms. Each room has a complete set of children's desks, a ceiling fan, lights and a water cooler. The buildings were solidly built and are designed to be cool in the summer heat and warm in the wet and often cold winter. At the time, this was the first new building in Cat Ne in decades.
Cát Nê Multi-Purpose Room
In September 2007, Cát Nê opened the multi-purpose building, erected close to the school. The multi-purpose room is used for school meetings and special events. As the only large public facility in the community, it also gets good use for village meetings and gatherings.
Cat Ne Early Childhood Development Centre
​The Cat Ne Early Childhood Development Centre opened in 2009. VES funded the construction of two large classrooms with washroom facilities. The centre provides a stimulating learning environment for children under the age of 5 years old. Having a safe and proper facility for these children give their parents the opportunity to work in the rice and tea fields without worrying about their children's safety. The centre has proven so popular that in subsequent years the school received funding for the construction of two additional classrooms. The community worked to build a fence, pave the courtyard, build an outdoor stage and make various other improvements to the facilities. Recently, they also built a kitchen to which VES contributed an industrial rice cooker.
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