|A "Red Scarf house" hand-over ceremony in Phu Tan, October 27, 2018.
Third-grader Danh Thao Nguyen of Vo Truong Toan Primary School in U Minh district is the eldest in a family of 3-children. Nguyen has been fatherless since she was small. All family burdens are carried by her mother who has taken any and all available jobs to make a living.
Understanding her mother’s hardships, Nguyen has done her best and gained the title “Excellent pupil” for two consecutive academic years.
To reduce economic difficulties, the district’s Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneers Brigade Council has presented Nguyen’s family a “house of Red Scarf” worth US$1,500 which is donated by benefactors and local teachers and teenagers.
Ly Thi Hien, Nguyen’s grandmother, is moved to say, “I want to thank everyone for their help in building the house for my grandchild. Nguyen’s situation is extremely difficult. She lost her father at an early age and remains vulnerable because of it.”
Pham Lam Gia Linh, a fourth-grader of Vuong Nhi Chi Primary School, is in a similar situation. Despite the family’s difficulties, Linh has studied well for many consecutive years. The district’s brigade council has begun constructing a Red Scarf house for the poor pupil. Linh said from now on he will be no longer afraid of heavy rain or wind.
“In the past whenever there was a thunderstorm, I used to worry that the house would collapse. My family had quickly moved in with the neighbors during such times. I’m so excited to have a new house,” said Linh.
Nguyen Viet Trinh, Deputy Secretary of the district’s Youth Union and President of the Brigade Council, said 11 Red Scarf houses have been built and handed over so far.
The move helps local children better understand the national tradition of mutual affection and sharing.
“The humanitarian program aims to help poor pupils stabilize their lives and encourage them to continue to study. We have increased the support rate to US$1,500 so that the beneficiary can build a new and strong house for long-term use,” said Trinh.