Friends For Street Children (FFSC)

Friends for Street Children (FFSC) is a non-profit Vietnamese organization based in Ho Chi Minh City which provides help for disadvantaged Vietnamese children and their families. Established in 1984 by Mr. Tran Van Soi, FFSC runs three schools [Binh Trieu, Binh Tho, and Binh An] for approximately 700 unregistered children, gives shelter to nearly 30 orphans, and operates a scholarship fund for children who cannot afford to enroll in public school.

In order for Vietnamese children to attend public school their families need to pay. However, many don’t have the money and require outside funding. FFSC, in order to provide this money, set up the Scholarship Fund. Through the Scholarship Fund sponsors from around the world have the opportunity to donate money for the children so they can receive an education and look forward to a brighter future.

Our current goal is to obtain enough money for 24 children to go to school for 6 months. Each child needs $35 dollars for a month of education and $210 for all 6 months; this comes out to a total of $5,040. Your contribution to this cause will be greatly appreciated by both the children, who work hard in school each day, and their families, who struggle to pay for the basic necessities in life, like housing and water. Thank you on behalf of FFSC and the families we help.

This following story is about one of the 24 children who will receive funding from this campaign.

Thao Vy’s father was killed in a monorail train accident when she was 2 years old and her sister was 4 months old. Their mother left after their father’s funeral and they now live with their grandparents and other relatives. The family of 8 lives in an old house next to the train-tracks. Thao Vy’s grandmother occasionally works as a housekeeper, earning less than 7 USD fo
r each appointment. Her grandfather was a porter at the Saigon Bridge, earning an unstable income of about 110 USD a month, but he recently had a serious operation and can no longer work. Thao Vy’s aunt, who helps Thao Vy with her studies after school, often has to work so the family can survive.

Tri’s mother has had a heart disease for the past 10 years. In 2014 she underwent heart surgery and the family had to borrow 100 million VND (4400 USD)  from the bank to pay for it. She is not fully recovered and has to take medicine daily. She is unable to work but her father, Tri’s grandfather, runs a motorbike repair service in a rented shop and uses his small, unpredictable income to pay for water and electricity. Their home is unsafe; the walls have deep cracks and may collapse. Unfortunately, they cannot afford the repairs they desperately need. Tri and his brother are both hardworking students with a passion for learning. Tri has a quiet and gentle personality and is very skilled in English and Math. His brother, whose dream is to work in the entertainment industry, is energetic and confident.

Ngoc’s mother, after 4 surgeries in 4 years, lost her battle with cancer. In order to pay her medical bills the family took out a large loan which they have not been able to pay back. They were forced out of their home when they could no longer afford the rent and now live in a hut by the river; when the house floods they have to bail the water out with buckets. They may, due to a new government project, have to soon move again. Ngoc and her sister, Vy, often have to stay at school after their classes end because their step-mother, who sells drinks in District 1, and their father, a bricklayer, work during the day. Ngoc is a dedicated student and has recieved awards for her good grades.

The video below shows the lives of some of the children we are helping.

Zoë Provan is one of five American university students interning with FFSC.
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    • $200 
    • 45 mos
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    • $100 
    • 45 mos
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    • $100 
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Zoe Provan 
Cold Spring, NY
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