THE FUNDAMENTAL CONDITION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Mekong Plus runs several programs in schools as this is a very effective way for community development.
Education is very expensive. In Cambodia school fees are free but complementary classes -often given by the same teachers!, in the evening, are essential and very expensive. The same in Vietnam, but school fees are expensive. High schools are often far away, thus transport is then needed, and some students must rent a room. The cost of high school amounts often to around 50 €/month!
« Improving our school is fine, but helping the children to access the school is even more important! » The words of a headmaster in Rumdoul. The villagers rate access to education for all children as their TOP priority. Every year with the schools, we organize the solidarity run: more than 125.000 children, teachers and parents join! They make small donations, on average a total of close to 38.000 €!
We then give scholarships: 20 € for primary & lower secondary schools, 40 € for high school students. Over the years, more people join the solidarity runs, make higher donations. And attendance in schools increase!
Another way to help is to give children a bicycle. This is really important if their school is too far to walk to.
How to support poor children’s education:
>50$: scholarship for 1 high school student for 1 year
>50$: on second bicycle for a student living too far from school
>100$: scholarship for 3 primary/lower secondary children.