The Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program (LVAP) on Tuesday handed out bikes and helmets to 176 disadvantaged children in the rural district of Tay Hoa in Phu Yen Province.
The 176 students were selected from different primary schools in the district. The aim of the program is to give assistance to poor children by providing them with an independent means of transport.
The Loreto Program, whose slogan is "lifting learners into the future," seeks to ameliorate the difficulties poor children have getting to school, which often cause them to drop out of school.
LVAP CEO Trish Franklin said she hoped for a brighter future for not only the bike recipients themselves but also those closest to them. "A bike can change a life. A life can change a community," she explained.