Charity opens kindergarten in southern Vietnam

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Charity organization Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program opened a kindergarten in Vietnam's Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau on Thursday.

The school in Khanh Binh Tay Commune, Tran Van Thoi District, is managed by the Ca Mau Union of Friendship Organizations.

It cost VND1.6 billion (US$77,000) and has six classrooms that can accommodate around 180 children, a hygienic toilet area, a safe electricity system, and a water purification system. Park Hyatt Saigon has donated valuable equipment to the school.

LVAP CEO Trish Franklin said: "Early childhood education can be the single greatest difference between success and failure in society.

"Learning is the most powerful tool in the world and education is wisdom. Education is another name for happiness."

Park Hyatt Saigon general manager Michael Golden said, "Education is the basic element for any kind of development. Education starts a new life for children of this poor area."

The kindergarten will also have an indirect impact on families in the community, allowing adults to have more time to work and improve their family income.

Vo Quoc Thong, deputy chairman of the Tran Van Thoi District People's Committee, said: "We are happy about the opening of this kindergarten. We urge local people and organizations to take good care of the new school.

"Plants and trees should be grown so that this kindergarten looks more beautiful. Together we will try to make this kindergarten a national-standard school."

Dang Thi Hue, head of the school, said: "This area still faces many difficulties. This year our school plans to run a semi-boarding program for our children here. But we still lack equipment and facilities. We hope generous donors will continue to support us."

Last year LVAP spent  more than VND 4.5 billion on education in disadvantaged areas.

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