A SHELTER FOR AN BINH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

By A Call to Share (ACTS)

Goal SGD 20,000

Ongoing (Closes 8 August 2021)

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A SHELTER FOR AN BINH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

In 1989, Fr. Peter Phan Dinh Son returned to his hometown (on Highway 80, start of Canal F) to visit his home-bound mother. He soon discovered that the children of poor farmers in the village could not attend school and was compelled to make education possible for the impecunious young.

Fr. Son and his friend, a teacher Mr. Ngan, reached out to all villagers (regardless of religion) along the Cai San River and even canals far from the national highway to send their children to school. An Binh Elementary School was then formed out of basic attap huts for classes Grade 1 to 5. During the flood season, they would ferry the children by boat to school for lessons. In 2009, unable to receive government aid, a Vietnamese benefactor in Switzerland helped realised a permanent school, built with 12 simple classrooms and an administration office.

For nearly 30 years, An Binh Private Primary School had seen generations of students graduate and Fr. Son's enthusiasm for education and love for the poor children remain fervent. In 2018 due to parish commitments, infirmity and old age, Fr. Son realized it was necessary to find collaborators to continue the work of education in the province, he then invited the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to administrate and teach at the school.

Can Tho province is located at the Mekong delta region and the land is constantly wrecked by extreme harsh seasons of droughts and floods. Presently, the surrounding compound of this original building is fully exposed to sun and rain, so to shield the young students during school activities, plastic canvas are secured with humble rope-ties to surrounding trees. During weatherstorms, the flimsy canopies are often destroyed with fallen debris posing a danger to the young children.

Frequent floods have also resulted in movement of alluvial soil underground in this area, the impact is a slowly sinking school grounds! Today, this existing schoolyard is ridden with cracks and potholes with ponding and overgrown moss presenting a common sight.

The new school shelter will serve as a multi-purpose hall and a protected space for the young children to continue to enjoy an education at An Binh Elementary.

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