Project No. 43 – Construction of a kitchen in Sinh Long (Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam)
On June 15th, 2022 and December 9th, 2022, I personally met again with representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Tuyen Quang province (after 2019) in order to talk about projects in this province. After various suggestions, I chose a useful and important project. It is located in Sinh Long commune, Na Hang District, Tuyen Quang Province. The commune is 62 km far from the center of Na Hang district.
Na Hang is a northern highland district of Tuyen Quang Province, 110 km from the provincial center. The district borders with Bac Kan Province to the east, Tuyen Quang Province to the west and south, Ha Giang and Cao Bang Provinces to the north. It has a total area of 86,353.73 ha, of which 4,662.96 ha is agricultural land; forest area 75,149.03 ha; other lands 6,541.74 ha.
Na Hang district consists of 11 townships, 1 city and 114 villages with 10,662 households (47,879 people, including 9,339 ethnic minority households with 42,887 people accounting for 90%).
The district has 12 ethnic groups (Kinh, Tày, Cao Lan, Dao, Sán Dìu, Mông, Nùng, Hoa, Pu Péo, Thái, Mường and Thai). The poverty rate amounts 50.65. The rate of malnourished children under the age of 5 amounts 21%.
The commune of Sinh Long, 62 km far from the center of the district, is having a particularly difficult time. 696 households and 3,237 people live there. The poverty rate amounts 90.09%. The per capita income is 33.36 million VND/person/year. Agricultural production is the main source of income. The percentage of ethnic minorities is 99.04%. The rainy season is from April to September.
Sinh Long Kindergarten has a total area of 1,396.1 square meters. In the school year 2022-2023, 272 students attend school. A total of 25 teachers teach there. There are 18 classrooms and 1 boarding house. Since years, the kitchen area is a wooden barrack without any furnishings and not weatherproof. Cooking is done on a fireplace right on the clay floor for everyone.
Accordingly, Sinh Long’s kindergarten needs a tiled, weatherproof kitchen (60 square meters, one floor) with electricity, water supply and drainage.
Construction volume: approx. € 15,000.00 (construction time: approx. 3 months after signing the project)
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!
Status May/June, 2023: On May 18th, 2023, the construction of the kitchen in Sinh Long started after the contract has been signed. On June 6th, 2023, I (Isabelle Müller) personally visited the construction site and met the responsible authorities and the construction management. Everything is progressing well and we are confident that the new building will be handed over on schedule at the start of the new school year 2023-2024.
Status July/August, 2023: The construction work is progressing well. The building is standing. The walls were plastered and the floors tiled. It will soon be painted and the official handover is expected to take place in September 2023 as planned.
Status September, 2023: On September 6th, 2023, just in time for the new school year 2023-2024, the official handover of the new kitchen took place in Sinh Long with our German and Vietnamese team. The building is divided functionally and looks great.
We also handed over warm knitted sweaters, socks and bags on behalf of the Rural Women Organization in Untergröningen. The children will definitely be warmer in winter. The joy was enormous. We also gave to the children hundreds of children’s books, learning materials, paper, pens and notebooks as part of our Project No. 38 (“Books for a Better Future“), which were collected and donated by Ms. Yen Vu and friends. The joy and gratitude were great as well.
The kindergarten children and the teachers organized a wonderful program at this important occasion. Now the children will have much better living conditions. The teachers and the cooks are relieved. We wish the children, the teachers and Sinh Long commune much success for the future!:)