A Letter from a Young Boy

Today, we received this postcard from a boy who recently received a Children's Literacy Bag at a local Xi'an Children's Hospital. This young boy is undergoing cancer treatment and took the time to send a thank you for the books that he received. In the letter, he says that he would like to be a doctor when he grows up so he can help others.

This donation was made possible because of a generous donation from someone who would like to stay anonymous.

Please click here to learn more about our Children's Literacy Bag program.

125 Students Receive a New School Library

On September 16th, 125 students received a new school library in Shaanxi, China. This library was made possible by a generous donation by Fei Hong Rou Jia Mo.

At each library donation, we try to get the students directly involved. The photos below show the students organizing the one-thousand new books we delivered to their school.

Thank you to the local government for their support, the principal, administration, teachers, Fei Hong Rou Jia Mo, and the students for making this library a huge success!

975 Children’s Literacy Bags in Quảng Bình Province

On 23rd December 2020, The Library Project team visited 3 elementary schools in the flood-hit Quảng Bình province to provide 975 Emergency Children's Literacy Bags. Through the positive support from many generous donors, we are able to make this possible for the students in need. Let’s rewind this journey together! 

A month in tragedies

In early October 2020, the Central region of Vietnam was devastated by torrential downpours and flooding. This catastrophic natural disaster has caused significant damage in many provinces, such as Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, and Thừa Thiên Huế. Residents in these areas were either trapped in their flooded houses for days or they had to relocate to a safer shelter. Children in these households were also unable to attend schools and their school supplies were also severely damaged. 

A residential area in Quảng Bình province

Our response

In the wake of this tragedy, The Library Project had responded to the appeal from the People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM) and started our first Emergency Children’s Literacy Bag in Vietnam to help assist the students and families in the flood-hit areas. 

Within one month of fundraising for the literacy bags, we had received more than 20 donations from individual donors and generous donations from organizations such as Saigon South International School, Princeton English, Savills Hotels APAC, Biti’s, and Lý Gia Viên. This brought the total amount of our fundraising up to 228,750,000 VND ($9,905) which were equal to 975 Literacy Bags. 

Students from Princeton English (Ha Noi) showed their support by organizing a local book drive and fundraising 12,500,000VND for the Emergency Children's Literacy Bag Program.
Savills Hotels APAC also joined hands and supported our project via their Oscar Night networking event in Ha Noi with total fundraising of 14 million VND. Their beverage sponsor for the night - Lý Gia Viên also showed their generous support for the Literacy Bags Project with a $1,000 donation.

Program preparation

After finalizing our fundraising campaign, our program team started contacting Quảng Bình Union of Friendship Organization to search for schools that were heavily damaged during the flooding. We came across 3 schools and spoke to the principals to learn about the devastating effects of the aftermath. Through our pre-assessment, we learned that in Quảng Bình, the floodwaters measured up to 4.88m. Especially in Quảng Minh A Elementary school (Ba Đồn District), the roofs on 5 classrooms were blown away by the heavy wind. In Thanh Thuỷ's school (Tuyên Hoá District), the floodwater covered the entire ground floor. 

Aftermath pictures from Quảng Minh A School
The floodwater covered the ground floor of Thanh Thuỷ School

Within two weeks of preparation, we ordered and purchased all the essential items including 2,377 storybooks, 3352 notebooks, 1950 pens, 975 bags, 975 pencils, 975 erasers, and 975 rulers. These items were carefully wrapped and packaged by our enthusiastic volunteers just in time for Christmas delivery to the students. 

A sample bag with 3 storybooks and essential schools' stationery
Our crowded office was busy packing the bags for the students

Our visit to the schools

Our Program Coordinator - Mr. Bao traveled to Quảng Bình province to visit the students and teachers in person. Amidst the cold weather in the rural areas of Quảng Bình, we were warmly welcomed by the schools.  

Mr. Quyet - The principal of Thanh Thuỷ Elementary School welcomed our team and expressed his gratitude for these meaningful gifts.

One of the most special things about our donation trip was that Biti's also came along and supported more than 500 bags for 2 schools: Thanh Thuy and Le Truc. At Thanh Thuy School, 431 students received our Literacy Bags. They each got a brand new pair of shoes sponsored by Biti’s as well. 

A student boy is reading his new book with great curiosity

At Lê Trực School, 117 students whose houses were heavily flooded were also supported by our Literacy Bags.

Mr. Bao - TLP Program Coordinator (on the left) along with Ms. Nguyen - Le Truc's Principal (in the middle) and Ms. Giang - Sustainability Manager from Biti's (on the right) posed for a group picture with the students.

At Quảng Minh A school, 427 students from Grade 1- Grade 5 received our beautiful literacy bags. We were amazed by the friendly welcome from Ms. Hang - the Principal and the students' excitement with their brand new bags.

With the generous support from many compassionate donors, we were able to put together a successful program that helps rebuilt children's education paths in the flood-hit areas.

We would also like to send our special thank you to PACCOM (People's Aid Coordinating Committee) and Quảng Bình Union of Friendship Organization for assisting us throughout the process. Our dedicated volunteers also played an important part in packing these beautiful and meaningful gifts. We are proud to have ended the year very strongly with such an impactful program.

Here to more wonderful journeys in 2021. From The Library Project team, Happy New Year!

Call for Support to Aid Children in Flood-Hit Areas in Central Vietnam

Call for Support to Aid Children in Flood-Hit Areas in Central Vietnam

The Central Region of Vietnam has been devastated by torrential downpours and flooding since October 6, 2020. This catastrophic natural disaster has caused significant damage in many provinces, such as Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien Hue.

Many families are displaced, and this relocation has disrupted their children’s educational progress.

In addition to not attending schools, their books and school supplies are also severely damaged. In the wake of this tragic situation, The Library Project (TLP) will support the children and families living in the affected provinces.

TLP will be providing an emergency Children’s Literacy Bag for children affected by this disaster. Each bag will contain three age-appropriate books, training for parents, literacy activities for children, and school supplies, such as a notebook, pen, pencil, and crayons. Each bag costs $11 USD (250,000 VND). This cost includes training for parents and all related logistics costs.

1 Children’s Literacy Bags: $11 USD (250,000 VND)
3 Children’s Literacy Bags: $33 USD (750,000 VND)
5 Children’s Literacy Bags: $55 USD (1,250,000 VND)
15 Children’s Literacy Bags: $165 USD (3,750,000 VND)
50 Children’s Literacy Bags: $550 USD (12,500,000 VND)

With assistance from the People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM), we will work directly with local governments in the affected provinces to ensure aid goes to those in the greatest need.

Your help matters more than ever.

Or via bank transfer:

Name: The Library Project
Account number: 2000 148 5200 8837
Bank: Ngân hàng TMCP XNK Việt Nam (Vietnam Eximbank), Ho Chi Minh Branch
Transfer note: Support for students in Central Vietnam
Bank Address: 4B Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
SWIFT Code: EBVIVNVX (for overseas transfers only)

(Please note that “quick transfers” do not successfully work with our account. Please proceed with a normal bank transfer.)

For more information on how you can get your company involved, please contact Ms. Lan at lannguyen@library-project.org or via phone number 090 328 7376.

Thư kêu gọi hỗ trợ các em học sinh vùng lũ ở miền Trung Việt Nam

Những ngày vừa qua, đồng bào miền Trung đã và đang phải hứng chịu các cơn mưa lớn và lũ lụt kéo dài, gây nhiều thiệt hại về tính mạng và tài sản. Nhiều hộ gia đình ở các tỉnh Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên Huế phải di dời đến những nơi trú ẩn an toàn. Đối với các em học sinh, ngoài việc không thể cắp sách đến trường, sách vở và đồ dùng học tập của các em cũng bị hư hỏng nặng nề do thiên tai.

Để đồng hành cùng các em vượt qua thách thức, The Library Project tổ chức chương trình quyên tặng các Túi Học tập cho các em học sinh trong vùng lũ. Mỗi túi sẽ bao gồm ba quyển sách thiếu nhi, tài liệu hướng dẫn đọc sách và các dụng cụ học tập cần thiết (tập vở, bút,..). Mỗi túi trị giá 250,000 VND và đã bao gồm tất cả chi phí vận chuyển và mua sắm.

1 Túi Học tập: 250,000 VND
3 Túi Học tập: 750,000 VND
5 Túi Học tập: 1,250,000 VND
15 Túi Học tập: 3,750,000 VND
50 Túi Học tập: 12,500,000 VND

Với sự hỗ trợ từ Ban Điều phối Viện trợ Nhân dân (PACCOM), The Library Project sẽ làm việc trực tiếp với chính quyền và cơ quan chức năng tại các tỉnh để hỗ trợ trực tiếp ở trường học bị thiệt hại nặng nhất.

Hãy cùng The Library Project chung tay hướng về miền Trung!

Chuyển khoản:

Tên tài khoản: The Library Project
Số tài khoản: 2000 148 5200 8837
Ngân hàng TMCP XNK Việt Nam (Vietnam Eximbank), chi nhánh Hồ Chí Minh Hội sở
Nội dung chuyển khoản: Hỗ trợ học sinh miền Trung
Địa chỉ: 4B Tôn Đức Thắng, Quận 1, TP.HCM
Mã SWIFT: EBVIVNVX (áp dụng cho chuyển khoản từ nước ngoài)

(Xin lưu ý sử dụng chế độ ‘Chuyển thường’ khi chuyển khoản đến tài khoản của The Library Project)

Để biết thêm thông tin về cách công ty bạn có thể hỗ trợ, vui lòng liên hệ với Ms. Lan tại lannguyen@library-project.org hoặc qua số điện thoại 090 328 7376.

Volvo Trucks Donated a Reading Room to a Rural Elementary School

On September 25, 2020, Volvo Trucks donated a Reading Room to a rural elementary school located in Shaanxi, China. Seventy-four students benefited from this beautiful school library.

We were happy to welcome the Volvo Trucks team on this special donation day. They conducted two programs with the students; a short discussion on transportation safety and a STEAM literacy activity. After the library was set-up and the activities were complete, they played a football game with the children.

"I am so grateful for the many years of continued support that the Volvo Trucks team has shown to improving rural children's literacy in China.  They are truly making the world a better place, one book at a time," said Tom Stader, The Library Project's Founder and Executive Director.

This donation will have a long-lasting impact on both the students and teachers. Reading Rooms provide an entire school with access to high-quality educational books. The content ranges from STEAM books (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), literature, comic books, environmental protection, and equality. The Library Project team also provided a comprehensive teacher training course for the teachers and administrators. We see this as essential to every library donation. Our teacher training course focuses on how to properly manage their new library and making sure it stays in good condition. The course provides teachers with ways to use books in their classrooms, how to work with other teachers to use their school library, and educates teachers on how to create a system for their school to allow students to check-out books to read at home.

Thank you to everyone at Volvo Trucks, the Shaanxi government, and the Board of Education for making this library possible!

Please take a moment and check out a few photos from this library donation.

About Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks are one of the largest medium to heavy-duty truck brands in the world. More than 95% of the trucks they build are over 16 tonnes. And they make vehicles that are sold and serviced in more than 130 countries all over the world. Their strategy revolves around satisfied and productive customers and in this, they're supported by over 2100 dealerships and workshops. Trucks constitute their main product selection, but they also provide aftermarket products and service as well as specific offers. Through their entire organisation they focus on their core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental care. They strive for satisfied customers and to be an attractive employer.

Cisco Sytems Vietnam Supports One Reading Room to Tân Lược Primary School

On July 3rd, Cisco Systems Vietnam partners with The Library Project to donate one Reading Room to Tân Lược Primary School. This donation has impacted 1,063 students and 42 teachers. 

Our Journey

Tân Lược Primary School is located in Bình Tân District - a rural district bordering with Can Tho City and is 40km away from Vinh Long city center. Along the 809 Highway connecting Vinh Long city center to Binh Tan district are vast green paddy fields. 

The central school is under renovation at the time of our arrival. They are in the process of building 18 new classrooms, bringing the total number of classrooms at this school to 28 rooms. Once the renovation is complete, the central school will merge with a smaller satelite campuse that they manage.  This will greatly improve the education that the children attending the satelite school will receive.

Although our entrance to the library is relatively narrow and muddy due to the rain last night, the logistics work of moving heavy boxes is quickly completed with the enthusiastic support from Cisco volunteers.

We are warmly welcomed by the school’s administration. In attendance are representatives from the Vinh Long Union of Friendship Organization and the Binh Tan District Board of Education. Ms. Thuy Luong, General Director of Cisco Vietnam, expresses her great pleasure of visiting the school and her belief in the long-lasting impact of a new library on the academic development of Tan Luoc School. On behalf of the school, teachers, and students, the Principal, Mr. Nghia, also expresses his gratitude for Cisco's support with their donation of a school library. 

A New Beginning

After our meeting, Cisco volunteers begin their work by setting up the library. We start with stamping the books and assembling the rolling carts for the Innovation Corners.  

Once each book is placed on the shelf, and each educational poster is placed on the wall, a beautiful library is slowly coming to life. 

While the library is being organized by the Cisco team, our Program Coordinator conducts a Teacher Training session with the school’s librarian. The training focuses on helping their librarian to operate and maintain the library effectively. The librarian was also given two library management handbooks, compiled and published internally by The Library Project.

A Beautiful Library

A brand new library has come to life! This beautiful library is our proud achievement after months of coordination between Cisco and The Library Project, from a simple idea to a functional library. 

The cooperation between Cisco Vietnam and The Library Project has turned an old classroom into a spacious new library. The new Reading Room would become a learning space for more than 1000 students at Tan Luoc Primary School. 

On behalf of Cisco Systems Vietnam, Ms. Luong Thi Le Thuy - General Director of the company - presented a new Reading Room to Mr. Luu Huu Nghia - Principal of Tan Luoc Primary School.

Our Reading Room donation to Tan Luoc Primary School provides five bookshelves with more than 1000 books ranging from different topics. This will be an important starting point for students on their quest of discovery.

The Library Project has designed seven educational posters dedicated only to elementary school students. Together with the World Map and Vietnam Map, these posters will support the teachers and students with Biology, Geography, Science subjects. 

The Innovation Corners are a special gift from Cisco for the Tan Luoc Primary School. These places will nurture young talent to become future scientists, inventors, and artists. This is where students can freely express their creativity with their peers. 

Our Literacy Program

After lunchtime, we begin our Literacy Program with the students. This has always been the most anticipated part of our donation in which students can explore their new library. Our Program Coordinator introduces the new library to the students and shares reading steps. We start our program with an energetic warm-up game. 

After the warm-up game, students are asked to choose their favorite book on the shelf. 

...and look for their most favorite picture…

...and share it with their friends....

The colorful book with eye-catching illustrations is a page-turner for students. 

The students have the chance to share their favorite picture/page in front of the class. 

Library instruction and rules are one of the important parts of our Literacy Program. 

Instructions on how to read and practice are central to the Literacy Program. The goal of this activity is to teach students reading fluency and comprehension skills. 

Reading instruction is conducted directly by Cisco volunteers. 

Cisco volunteers will read the story to a small group of students and lead the discussion by asking them questions, and then students can freely express their opinions. 

The stories that are used in this activity have been carefully selected by our staff. The words convey meaningful messages about honesty, compassion & gender equality. 

Each book is a way to open up a new and colorful world. Reading a good book is a beautiful journey for every student. 

Thanks to the guidance from Cisco volunteers, the students enthusiastically all share their thoughts on their new library.

Explore the new Innovation Corners

Students get excited about the Innovation Corners. We believe that this is the first time students get to see so many cool educational toys. Educational toys in the Innovation Corners not only allow students to turn unique, daring ideas into reality, but also help them practice teamwork and communication skills. 

We have so much fun during this donation with the Cisco team and the students. We are happy with the beautiful library, and we believe that the Cisco Library Project donation will have a long-lasting impact for many generations to come at the Tan Luoc Primary School.

About Cisco Systems Vietnam

Cisco Systems, Inc. is a US multinational technology corporation headquartered in Silicon Valley. The company is the world's leading supplier of computer networking products, systems, and services. Cisco established a representative office in Vietnam in 1998. In 2004, Cisco changed its legal status to become a 100% foreign-invested enterprise with the name of Cisco Systems Vietnam Co., Ltd. (Cisco Systems Vietnam Limited).