Hanoi Learning Centre for Disadvantaged Children

$3,875 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 2 months
Created April 17, 2019
Fundraising Team
GOAL: $5000 AUD

Imagine having to send your children out to the streets to work so your family has food on the table and a roof over their heads. Imagine if your child was kidnapped, sold into slavery, and rescued only to have spent so much time outside the education system that it feels impossible to return.

Many children in Hanoi, Vietnam, miss out on an education due to abject poverty and the pressure for children to work and support their family. This can lead to children living on the streets, facing horrific dangers and lessening the likelihood of ever receiving a proper education and breaking the cycle of destitution.

Children are often rescued from a crisis, helped, and supported by existing organisations in Hanoi to be placed in school. However, due to the lack of facilities or funding, they are very limited in their ability, or unable to provide, a vital transition period, one that prepares the child for the education system.  

How we help

We (Mel, Louise & Eli) are looking to establish a ‘step-in’ education centre that can help prepare children to transition into the Vietnamese school system or vocational training.

With your help, we are aiming to provide an engaging learning environment that supports a framework of core lessons, complementing the Vietnamese curriculum. The learning centre, among other services and facilities, will provide:

- An initial assessment service to evaluate the transitional needs of individual children in getting into school, vocational training, or other.

- Qualified Vietnamese teaching staff (including special needs backgrounds).

- Life skills/school behaviour awareness.

- An introduction to IT – fun and engaging learning on desktop or tablet.

- A book library.

- Enrichment group activities – dependent on the needs of individual children.

- Stationery and supplies.
Our intention is to work closely with, and support, organisations that already provide a range of children’s services in Hanoi.


Here’s how you can help

We are in the early startup stage and our day jobs are slowing us down. Your special gift can help us get this project underway and in full swing by June 2019.

Your donation will help fund the following:

- Finalisation of our research into viability and functional how-to
- Finding partners to support us and the children
- Writing applications for funding to support our financial future
- Finding and paying a Vietnamese lawyer to consult in set up
- NGO/Business set up fees
- Accountancy fees for initial business advice
- General startup costs

All children deserve to have an education and your gift will make a huge difference in their lives.

Thank you so very, very much! We’ll keep you posted on how the project is progressing because of your amazing generosity.

(Photo: USAID Vietnam)
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Hi & Xin chào!

We have reached 75% of our goal target, thanks to your amazing generosity. How fantastic is that!

Today we would like to announce some very exciting news!

Firstly, we have decided on a name for our Learning Centre: First Day - Learning Centre for Disadvantaged Children.

Secondly, we have made a major decision on how we will partly fund our centre (in case you missed our last update): a non-profit store that supports sustainable living. We will be selling eco-friendly products, including second-hand items like books and clothing. The store will be based in Hanoi as well as online. All profits will go straight into the school.

Thirdly, we have a new team member, Phuong. She has worked in communications and fundraising (with the likes of Blue Dragon) and will be an invaluable asset to our team!

Fourthly, you may have noticed we have created a Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/FirstDayVietnam. This is our first public appearance and we are incredibly excited! We will continue to post updates here, so please like and share our posts and recommend our page to your community

Thank you for your support so far, please continue to share our crowd funder among your friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, pets...

Thanks again!

Phuong, Louise, Mel and Eli x
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Xin chào!

Firstly, we want to say a massive thank you to all of you that have supported us so far! It's wonderful to feel supported by so many people. You're the best.

We're getting to a really exciting point in the project where, after what feels like an age of thinking and researching, we're nearly ready to get going!

We've decided that in order to support the learning centre financially we are going to be opening a non-profit shop. Our aim is to have environmentally friendly products available and to have a space for people to buy second-hand clothes and goods. So if you're in Hanoi and looking for that bamboo toothbrush, keep your eyes peeled! Likewise, if you're thinking of updating your wardrobe please consider donating any unwanted items.

More updates to follow.

Thanks again!

Phuong, Lousie, Mel and Eli x
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Hi and Xin chào!

Thank you so much for your kind donations! We are on the way to meeting our goal target because of you and your wonderful generosity.

We are nearly at the 2/5 mark, but we seem to have slowed down. You can help us even further by sharing our fundraiser with your friends and family on social media, email, or word of mouth.

Thanks again and big love to you all.
Eli, Louise and Mel xxx
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Xin chào!
Just a quick note to say thank you for your support and kind gift, we really appreciate it! You have helped us get 1/5 of the way to meeting our goal target and that's incredible! You truly are amazing.

If you are able, please help us reach more people by sharing our fundraiser with your friends and family.

Thanks again.
Eli, Louise and Mel xxx
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