“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind!” – Swiss Philosopher, poet and critic Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

VIETNAM – Mekong Delta

FRS is working with The Dariu Foundation (TDF) in the construction of a kindergarten in the Vinh Long province, Vietnam, to be ready around August 2017.

TDF, established in 2002, is a Swiss-based International NGO, operating in Vietnam since 2003, Myanmar 2014 and India 2016, with activities focusing on microfinance and education. Its mission is EMPOWERING LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WITH MICROFINANCE AND EDUCATION. Today (2017) the foundation is providing microfinance services to over 17,000 low income clients in Vietnam, 2,000 clients in Kolkata, India and expanding into the Mandalay region of Myanmar. TDF provided more than 12,000 scholarships to the most disadvantaged students among the poorest families in the targeted areas. It is offering computer skills training and code literacy to approximately 30,000 students in these areas via our 34 existing mobile schools; also supporting the local communities by building 26 kindergartens enabling over 8,000 kids with access to schools everyday.

TDF’s kindergarten building project helps to build new schools in areas where there are no schools or access for children is difficult, aimed at creating access to education for children in the underserved communities. It also allows the parents to work full time without having to organize childcare. (Children at home in these areas have a higher risk of home accidents, water drowning, abuse or malnutrition.)

Each kindergarten normally consists of three classrooms and required facilities, which can accommodate around 120-200 children. The kindergartens are self-sustainable as the local parents and partners contribute to the running costs.