Vietnam School Project

Vietnam School Project

Many of the children in the area where we source our Vietnamese cinnamon do not attend school simply because they live too far from the schools and have no way to get there and back everyday. Our Well Earth sustainable sourcing program is helping these kids.

 

We're providing lodging and food for 500 children of the people who provide our Vietnamese cinnamon — the cassia growers, the hired day laborers, the seed gatherers and other workers.

The program has provided 300 dormitory-style bunk beds for children who stay at their schools during the week and subsidizes their daily meals. Each bunk has a straw mat base that is covered by their roll-up bedding when it’s time to sleep. Desktops are attached to the headboards, allowing each bunk to serve as an individual study station. We also provide funding for books and school supplies.

The schools represent dramatic change in Vietnamese society, helping create a literate people who are better equipped to be a part of a modern and industrialized Vietnam and break down barriers to diversity, For example, some ethnic groups, like the Dao, were semi-nomadic just a few decades ago, but are coming to the idea that education is important for every child. And just 20 years ago, it was rare to see girls older than 12 or 13 in school at all. Now, they are commonly among the students from the region who go on to study at a university.

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