What has been the impact of your solution to date?
This project is a replication/expansion on a previously successfully implemented project in Vietnam’s commune of Suoi Cat. This previous project directly benefited over 100 children and parents. As a result of this project 100% of children now have birth certificates; 90 children go to school; teachers are better trained; malnutrition has been reduced and health has improved through health monitoring with regular follow-up; the canteen has provided to be a resource center for learning and better hygiene; and families/teachers are better informed of children’s care and learned to develop a safe environment at home and at school. This replication project in Phu Yen also aims to achieve these same goals, in education, health and hygiene, on a larger scale; while also using teacher education, language training and awareness activities as empathy activation and anti-discrimination tools, in order to facilitate improved child educational attainment and socialization.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
This project directly and indirectly engages 4052+ stakeholders. The impacts of this project includes improvements in three areas: Improved education: Schools will be opened for the whole school day; nine teachers will receive training in language, early childhood care and empathy, thus improving 229+ student’s quality of education and rational skills development for future educational development. Improved health/nutrition: All children will receive nutritious school lunches, reducing child malnutrition. Improvements will be made to two damaged classrooms, including improved sanitation and hygiene facilities. Enhanced cultural understanding and empathy: Student and the community will work together to improve on these skills, allowing for enhanced cultural understanding and development.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Language barriers – Minority students do not speak Vietnamese, therefore incorporating language lessons for both minority and non-minority teachers and students to enable them to better understand each other. Canteen Challenges – Because children are being fed at school, parents may not properly feed them at home. Therefore, parent education on health and nutrition is important in helping parents understand the necessity of providing children with healthy balanced meals. Project Continuity – Economic challenges are a major problem faced in this region. Therefore to allow for project sustainability, AEA will decrease its activities and financial obligations slowly, working with the government and community to increase funding and relinquishing management to the local school.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Within the first six months improvements in health, education and social engagement between students will be developed.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Children education and health will have measurably improved; children exhibit empathy through improved cultural understanding.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
Pierre Bernard Le Bas was a young volunteer working in India; through the experiences he gained in India, Le Bas returned to France believing in the value of utilizing education as a fundamental development tool. Upon his return, Pierre Bernard Le Bas founded Aide et Action in February 1981. Approximately six months after the creation of Aide et Action, Le Bas commented to his supporters: “What was obviously a crazy project at the outset gradually took shape...and we are now sponsoring 1,816 children as of August 12, 1981.” Today, thirty years later, there are 57,000 sponsors contributing to the education of more than two million children. There are thousands of stories to tell with our 30-years experiences. However, all of these stories incorporate similar components, these are stories of communities and villagers, from Togo to Vietnam, of the children and adults in far flung places who can now read, write and count, thanks to the teams from Aide et Action and its partners.