Charity Projects by TAS Students
HEARTBEAT VIETNAM 2019
Within the academic year 2018 – 2019, TAS students and teachers raised over $9000 to contribute to the Heartbeat Vietnam fund. With this money, our students have been able to help 8 children with heart defects receive heart surgeries without worrying about the medical cost.
3 children have been given the chance to have heart surgeries so far. Our students are beyond happy to see their contribution bring invaluable opportunities to these children to have a normal, healthy life, and relieve the financial burden for their families in these trying times.
To get to know the 3 lucky children patients that have been undergoing heart surgeries that change their lives, please click here.
5 more children patients will soon be arranged for hospitalization. TAS students are looking forward to meeting them in person and seeing another 5 lives saved from the danger of heart defects.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT 2019
Project Name: Sponsorship of 1 house and volunteer engagement
Location: Tien Giang Province
Project Beneficiaries: 1 low-income household, 15 volunteers (students & teachers)
Project summary: House sponsorship and staff engagement through volunteer build activities: 2 days of February 28 and March 1
With funding from The American School (TAS), Habitat for Humanity Vietnam has supported a low-income family to build new home with water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in order to increase their shelter and socioeconomic security. 15 students and teachers from TAS engaged as volunteers to contribute to building a new house over the course of two days.
It is always our students and teachers’ honor to join forces with Habitat for Humanity Vietnam to provide decent housing to people with substandard living conditions and give back to the community. TAS students and teachers really appreciated the experience they had with such a meaningful and important charity cause. With their support, another Habitat house was being built to become the new home for people with substandard living conditions.
Here are what our teacher and students shared about this trip:
“The build is a fun project and I enjoyed visiting the community and joining the build as I like getting outside, engaging in physical work, and the best thing of joining the build is that I could give back to the community.” – Ms. Tatum Kashap.
“I want to say it by just one word: “spectacular”! It was something that I have never tried or done before in my life. Now I knew how houses are built and I experienced myself mixing cement with sand as well as laying bricks, which are really interesting.” – Shannon, grade 10.
“I was fairly tired because construction is not an easy task, but I think you can find something else rewarding like being helpful through this program, through building a house because you know you can help other people.” – Seoyeon (grade 12).
TAS STUDENT BUILD – FINAL REPORT
Project Date: May 2018
Project Name: Sponsorship of – 1 house and volunteer engagement
Reporting Period: Feb 2018 – May 2018
Location: Binh Hoa Village, My Hoi Commune, Cao Lanh District, Dong Thap Province
Project Beneficiaries: 1 low-income household, 17 volunteers (students & teachers)
Project summary: House sponsorship and staff engagement through volunteer build activities: 3 days of March 26, 27 & 28
With funding from The American School (TAS), Habitat Vietnam has supported a low-income family to build new home with water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to increase their shelter and socioeconomic security. 17 students and teachers from TAS engaged as volunteers to contribute to build a new house.
- Selected a household for sponsorship
- Provided grant to the home-owner to build a decent home with adequate water, sanitation and hygiene facilities
- Finalized housing design in consultation with the home-owner
- Submitted build application to local authority for approval
- Provided the home-owner with training in volunteer hosting
- Prepared construction for volunteer build
- Communicated with TAS for logistics preparation
- Successfully hosted 17 students and teachers to build a house on 26-28 March in Dong Thap Province, Southern Vietnam. The volunteers donated 42 hours to build alongside the family
- Home dedication organized with the participation of the home-owner, Habitat-Vietnam’s representative and local government partners
Annex I: Volunteer Build
Within our mission to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live, it has been an honor and privilege for Habitat for Humanity Vietnam to partner with youth and local schools, particularly during the Habitat Young Leaders Build campaign from December 2017-April 2018.
The American School has recently partnered with Habitat Vietnam to support underprivileged Vietnamese families in need of safe shelter. In March 2018, a team of 17 TAS students and teachers travelled to My Hoi Commune, Cao Lanh District to build a new house for a low-income family. With the generous donation and volunteer contribution from TAS, a vulnerable family obtained not just decent, an affordable home but also improved health, greater life opportunities and a far brighter future.
The new house contains one bedroom, one guestroom and a kitchen, a concrete foundation and frame, new roofing and a new toilet.
Marko– a student of TAS – said that he thought this event was just a fun experience, but he felt rewarding and said it was time to get close to the family and their life.
Flora Ho– a student of TAS – said that the little boy in this family wants to be a policeman in future, so I hope he can focus on his studies to come true his dream through this house and do what he wants.
The young volunteers experienced firsthand the impact they had made in the life of family in need of a simple, decent and affordable home. Habitat for Humanity Vietnam alone cannot end poverty housing. It will take the efforts of business, governments, volunteers and other nonprofits. With generous support from schools like TAS, we can improve lives and communities at home and around the globe.
Annex II: Family Story
Family of Mr. Le Hung Dung
Address: Binh Hoa Village, My Hoi Commune, Cao Lanh District
Mr. Dung and his family with the old house before
Dung family has 6 members: he and his wife and 4 children. Their monthly income is roughly 100 USD, barely enough for him to provide for his family and the children. His old house was sub-standard and about to collapse. The wooden frames were badly decayed, the floor was made of soil & old brick, and the wall and roof were rusted iron sheets. Their new home is a massive improvement from their old one as it contains safe rooms for the girls and the wife for lady’s privacy, as well as access to clean water and sanitation.
A completed new house with brighter future for Dung and his family
A completed new house with brighter future for Dung and his family
The family in front of the new house, at hand-over day
Annex III: Photo of TAS Students
TAS students were working to build the house foundation
TAS students were working to build the house wall
The story of the family also has been told through a very touching video clip “Definition of Happiness” made by TAS students. You can click on the link as below to access this wonderful story and experience.
Heartbeat Vietnam Fundraising Week (November 20 – 24th, 2017)
The Cause: Heartbeat Vietnam provides surgeries for unfortunate children who have congenital heart defects and cannot afford the lifesaving surgery.
The Goal: $7,200 USD to save the lives of 6 children
The Process: A suggested donation of 500,000 Dong per student returned in the red envelope and additional items for sale throughout the week.
- Please place your donation inside the envelope, seal it, write your child’s name and grade and return it to the homeroom teacher. The suggested envelope donation is 500,000 Dong per student. Feel free to donate more or less as you feel is appropriate. All students who return their red envelope on Monday, November 20th will receive a free casual day pass to be used at any time.
- The envelope donation allows the student to participate in the “Fun Dress Days” all week. For more information about the fun dress days please see the bulletin board in the school entrance way.
- Please note that the donation in the envelope is separate from the money to purchase the fundraising items for sale throughout the week. Additional spending money will be required to buy the fundraising items and to participate in the fundraising games and activities.
- Parents of Early Childhood and lower Elementary School students can put extra spending money for the week in the envelope with a note for their teacher to help them manage their money for the week. Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School students should carry spending money with them and budget it as they best see fit.
- The prices of most of the fundraising items for sale will range between 10,000 Dong and 20,000 Dong. The t-shirts will cost 150,000-200,000 Dong. The estimated daily spending money for the purchase of fundraising items is 50,000 Dong, excluding the t-shirt sale.
- The TAS – Heartbeat Vietnam tee shirts cost 200,000 VND for adult sizes and 150,000 VND child sizes. They are made of cotton spandex blend. The shirts can be worn at any point during the HBVN week or on casual Fridays. The t-shirts are in limited supply and are available on a first come, first served basis.
- Students will be running booths either with the class in ECC/Elementary or with their advisory teachers in MS/HS. For more information on what your child is doing please speak with them or their teacher.
Thank you in advance for your generous donation to this great cause!