In-depth Evaluation of Our Inaugural Project Sites

Recently, we embarked on a project evaluation trip to revisit two school sites in Tuan Giao district - VFE's very first project site. With a commitment to firsthand assessment and community engagement, we delved deep into the realities of Toa Tinh Kindergarten and Muong Thin Primary School. Join us as we unveil the insights garnered from our evaluation journey.

Toa Tinh Kindergarten

Our first stop took us to Toa Tinh Kindergarten, where we had constructed new classrooms, a kitchen, and sanitary facilities in 2018. It was heartening to see these facilities being utilized effectively, providing a conducive environment for students to live and learn. The classrooms are not only clean and well-maintained but also adorned with colorful decorations, creating a vibrant atmosphere for the children. In addition, the structural integrity of the buildings remains stable, ensuring a safe and secure environment for students and staff.

The school lacks sufficient funding to hire dedicated cooking staff, so mothers of the children take turns coming to prepare lunch

Muong Thin Primary School

Next, we visited Muong Thin Primary School. 5 boarding rooms, 1 kitchen and 1 storeroom built in 2018 are being utilized for their intended purpose effectively, providing suitable accommodations for students. They are consistently maintained in a clean and decent condition. Minor maintenance issues, such as light and fan repairs, are promptly addressed, contributing to the functionality of the rooms. The structural integrity of the construction remains largely unchanged since completion 6 years ago, reflecting their robust construction and durability.

Vegetables planted by teachers and students
Due to water deficiency at Muong Thin School, students bring water from their homes

The school has been grappling with a severe water shortage persisting for the past year. This shortage stems primarily from deforestation for irrigation and farming purposes, resulting in diminished water sources available for school use. As a temporary measure, the school has resorted to purchasing water and encouraging students to bring water from their homes. 

Our evaluation trip provided us with valuable insights into the progress and challenges of our projects. It reaffirmed the importance of community engagement and sustainable development practices in achieving lasting impact. Moving forward, we are committed to addressing the identified needs of the schools and exploring innovative solutions to empower the communities we serve.

As we bid farewell to Tua Giao District, we extend an invitation to join us in our mission of education empowerment.