Inspirational Lives: Girls Taking on the World

The Children’s Education Foundation

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From all around the world, the incredible challenge women face and the amazing obstacles they overcome deserve to be noticed. Today, we celebrate – and bring to light – the strong girls we sponsor around the world.

The Children's Education Foundation works to break the poverty cycle by helping girls from impoverished or marginalized communities complete school or receive further education or training.

Every girl deserves a bright future. At the Children’s Education Foundation, it’s their task to make sure nothing gets in these girl’s way. Girls deserve the chance to take on the world. They deserve an education, a healthy start in life and the chance to go further than they ever dreamed possible.

While there are many ways you can make a difference through CEF, at Calla we chose to sponsor a young girl for her education fees. In fact, we feel so strongly about the potential of this program to break the poverty cycle, we now sponsor three girls.

Here are the three incredibly strong girls we are lucky enough to work with.

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Vu Thi Hong Nhung was born in 2001 and has been an orphan child since she was 5 years old. Her father died in a motorbike accident, and her mother got married 3 years ago and has a son with her second husband. Therefore, Nhung has been living with her grandparents who are poor farmers. Although she lives in such difficult circumstances, Nhung is a very good student. She has been recognized as outstanding and top at her school. 

Nguyen Doan Ky is a little lovely girl who lives with her mother and 2 little sisters in a small shared room. Her father died from a cancerous thyroid around a year ago, after 2 periods of treatment.  The family borrowed over $5,000 from relatives and neighbours to pay for all the hospital costs.

Doan Ky is in grade 3 next term and she has been doing well at school. She is the second best student in her class and always gets good marks. Ky likes all subjects at school but math and music are her favourite subjects. This is the reason why she dreams of being a singer in the future. In her spare time, she likes reading comics and looking after her little sister. 

Bui Thi Hong Vy was born into a poor family in Dai Loc. Although she is 9 years old she looks smaller than other children her age. She enjoys going to school. She is now in grade 4.  When she comes home after school she often helps her father to do some household chores, such as cooking the rice, collecting some vegetables from the garden, going to the market and shopping for him, and playing with her two younger brothers at home.

Unfortunately, last December Vy’s mother passed away from a heart disease. To afford her funeral they had to sell all the ducks they had. Since Vy’s mother died, her father has had to be the mother of the family also.