CEF enables girls living in poverty to attend school, boosting their chances of a life with meaningful choices and expanded opportunities. Education in Vietnam is free but the price of school fees, uniforms and required “extra tuition” tutoring classes prevents many young girls from ever entering the schoolhouse. This amazing grassroots program is managed by Linda Hutchinson Burn and a staff of six highly competent and dedicated Vietnamese women who place, mentor and oversee over 250 girls in schools each year, including more than 30 currently attending university. Each girl is screened to assess her family’s financial needs. Girls accepted into CEF’s sponsorship program can attend school and are mentored by CEF staff, who remain in contact with each girl’s family and her teachers. More recently, CEF launched a program to give academically-promising secondary school girls a chance to go on to university.
As a result of CEF’s successes, we doubled our annual support, allowing for the expansion of their sponsorship program, providing the opportunity for an education to more girls and young women.
WITH YOUR HELP
THIEN WILL GRADUATE FROM UNIVERSITY THIS YEAR
"My major is Chemistry at Da Nang University
of Science and Education. When I was in school, going on to university was impossible because I thought it was only for ones who are from rich families. Since I belonged to the CEF sponsorship program, my point of view on tertiary education has changed. With CEF’s guidance and support, I gradually come to see that university is for those who have passion and determination. I am very satisfied with my major, and I know that my future is in my hands."
Thien graduated from university in 2020! She immediately landed a dream job with the well-known National Textile and Garment Group located in nearby DaNang, where she leads a chemical engineering team performing chemical dye experiments and analyses.
“Words can’t express my happiness. I now have a full-time job and a future, and before I had nothing,” she said during a recent call with CCI donors. Thien now wants to pay it forward by helping more girls like herself attend school to get an education and a future with opportunity.
Our operating costs are covered and we take no salaries, so all your money goes to the programs.