Looking Forward foundation
From October 2008, our project supports poor children in the south of Vietnam. We pay their tuition and other costs related to school, to make the children go (back) to school and get educated.
In Nha Trang, our fund is being helped by ms. Thanh, ms. Thuy, and ms. Chi . At the beginning of each month, they give the donated money, that we send, directly to the parents / guardians of ‘our’ children. These nice ladies are all doing this voluntarily; they only receive a small compensation of expenses such as for gasoline and telephone.
The main purpose of our school project is to keep children of poor parents, which are forced to quit school, continue going to school by paying the costs of this. The reason for quitting school are, mainly, insufficient financial means of the parents, for example because of illness, a father who left or died, or extreme poorness. Every child in the world should at least have the chance for a good life. To learn how to read, write, count, etcetera, is crucial for such a chance in life.
Our fund prefers to support children who live at home, in a private family (not at an orphanage or children’s centre for homeless). Our (Western) welfare work may disturb as less as possible the life of the supported pupil.
In November 2020, the number of supported children became 85. For most of these children, we searched and found personal sponsors for their tuition (monthly 12-16 euro). Our organization ensures these sponsors are updated about ‘their’ children by regularly sending school results and pictures.
Still there are some children without sponsor. We are searching for financial support for them.
Our fund supports children by paying the costs of going to school:
– 10 selected pupils from Dien Dien primary school (partly supported by primary school ‘De Wegwijzer’ in ’s Gravenmoer, the Netherlands),
– 1 pupil at the Tieu Hoc Chung My primary in Phan Rang,
– 43 selected pupils from four secundary schools in Dien Khanh (Tran Quang Khai, Mac Dinh Chi, Trinh Phong and Nguyen Du) ,
– 29 selected pupils from high schools: Hoang Hoa Tam and Nguyen Thai Hoc in Dien Khanh.
– 2 students from Cao Dang vocational in Nha Trang,
Next to the sponsoring of school money, our small fund is also working on some other projects. If you have some money left for poor, needy children, we ask you to spend this on one of the school related projects (see ‘Projecten’).
About twice a year we sent a newsletter with extra information to all sponsors.
Every year we try to travel to Vietnam (at own expense) to meet ‘our’ children, their parents / guardians, the 3 managers and to check all expenses. This year 2020 we were unfortunately not be able to travel to Vietnam because of the Covid-19 virus. Our local managers toke over our work and say goodbye to the students who have finished their regular 12-year schooling and were allowed as many new students in need to join our project.
Hopefully you read our story and look at the significant pictures. We hope you feel sorry for these children and want to help them. Like a famous Dutch singer sings in one of his songs: ‘Throw a small rock in the river, so the stream will change forever! Or: You have the possibility to positively change the life of a poor child with only a small gift!
Johan and Lidy Verschuren-Heijkant, Dongen Vaart
Nieuwsbrief 13 July 2015
Nieuwsbrief 14 Dec. 2015
2015-11 LF – Conditions
Besides (monthly) schoolmoney for ‘our’ children for regular 12-year education, our fund tries to finance some other small projects. We only do this when there is enough money. If you are attracted to a specific project and you like to support it, you can transfer money to our bank account: (BIC: RABONL2U) IBANnr. NL15RABO 01360.36.562 Looking-Forward foundation
Your gift does not have to be big. A t-shirt and pair of trousers for a child at Loc Tho orphanage costs only 3 euro. Giving breakfast to a hungry child for one week even costs less.
Project 1: A few schoolbooks more:
“Our” Looking-Forward-pupils get besides their monthly schoolfee also compensation for their needed schoolbooks. At the end of May, when school year has ended, pupils has to buy new schoolbooks for coming year to study. Manager Hiep buys all these book packages for all pupils for reduced prices. As a gesture of friendship principals from supported schools are aloud to choose 10 to 15 other pupils-in-great-needs to receive also a book package payed by our fund. Each year the L-F management decide how many pupils from poor parents we can make happy.