Project No. 18 – Construction of a primary school with kindergarten, teacher´s room, kitchen and sanitary facilities with water tank in Cao Chu Phin, Sang Tung commune, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province in the north of Vietnam.
Status May 12th, 2018: On May 12th, 2018 the LO-ANH Foundation team (LOAN Stiftung, Isabelle Müller and Corinna Buchholz) visited at one’s own expense and not at the expense of the foundation the village Cao Chu Phin, Sang Tung commune, Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province in the north of Vietnam.
The mountainous district of Dong Van is about 150 kilometers far from Ha Giang city, located at the North Pole of Vietnam. This border district has 17 communes and two towns. It is next to the Chinese Yunnan province from the north to the west with a border line of more than 54,6 Km, Yen Minh district in the south and Meo Vac district in the east. The total land area of the district is 44497 ha, with 13165 ha agricultural area (29,58%), 30171 ha rock area (67,8%) and a remaining non-agricultural land area.
The district has 14857 households and counts over 70000 people coming from 17 ethnic minorities: H´Mong (88,4%), Tay, Giay, LoLo, Pu Peo, Hoa, etc…
The commune of Sang Tung is 30 kilometers far from the district center and one of the most remote and difficult communes of the Dong Van district. It was established 1961 and has 15 hamlets with 727 households or 3635 people, most of them from the ethnic minority ´Mong (98,7%). The commune has a total land area of 3022,76 ha, with 415,75 ha agricultural area and 1518,05 forest. The socio-economical situation is underdeveloped and the education level is extremely low.
The hamlet Cao Chu Phin is 5 kilometers far from the center of the commune, located at the west area. Its terrain is difficult and the population lives scattered in the mountains. The winters are very cold with temperatures under the freeze point. 47 households live here (267 people). The rate of poverty is high: 35 households are poor (184 people or 74,4%) and 5 households are near-poor (26 people or 10,64 %). Most of the people live from growing rice and corn on rock slots of the mountain sides.
The school of Cao Chu Phin is 35 kilometers far from the district center, with 28 kilometers asphalt road and 5 kilometers rocky road where cars cannot drive. The Cao Chu Phin school is part of the Sang Tung secondary school in Dong Van district. In fact, the school of Cao Chu Phin is out of operation. The 48 students are divided into 3 classrooms. One class gets lessons in the headquarter of the hamlet and the two other classes get lessons in the old house of a local. Because there is no teacher´s room, the teachers stay at the hamlets headquarter or in the kitchen of the private house.
The commune is seeking for a new, “real” school for its children. The project would be sustainable because the number of children is constantly growing and the teachers are already available. Locals are also ready to donate their land and the whole population would tear down the old clay hut by their own, in order to save costs and prepare the construction site.
3 classrooms, 1 teacher´s room, 1 kitchen and sanitary facilities with water tank
Overall funds needed: approx. 37.096,00 USD (or approx. 32.300.00 €)
As a turnover foundation, the LO-ANH Foundation (LOAN Stiftung) can provide help directly. We would like to carry out this project, but are dependent on every financial donation. We remain optimistic that we will be able to collect the necessary funds.
In cooperation and in continuous contact with our Vietnamese partners, we will as always supervise and guide this project personally and on site. We will report on the progress regularly.
We would be delighted if you were to provide us with moral and financial support in this endeavor. Thank you very much!
On October 31st, 2019 our team is on the site as planned. We have great weather on that day, but it wasn’t so in the last weeks. Heavy rainfalls deleted the construction works. Because of the bad roads, some construction materials could not reach the site (and only one man volunteered to drive the truck to the site, because of the dangerous roads). The workers could not do more, even though they had been working day and night. The walls could not be painted because of the humidity. Nevertheless, regarding the hard conditions of living and working of the locals, a small handover ceremony took place in Ly Chu Phin (village in the neighborhood) for the site in Cau Chu Phin. The locals sang old songs and danced.
Furthermore, we have some good news: Thanks to this project, the small path that we used to drive on with motorcycles to the site has been enlarged by the government, so that now the village of Cau Chu Phin is almost reachable by car. The villagers are very happy about the new road. Now they can reach better the other villages around and bring their goods there easier!:)
The project should be finished before the end of this year and the children are happily looking forward to going to “their” new school. Our Vietnamese team keeps us informed. We are optimistic and will report.