English Lessons at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Hue

In order to improve the communication skills in English for the officials of Thua Thien Hue Workers’ Union, Hue Help collaborated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Worker’ Union of Thua Thien Hue Province. Hue Help organised three English classes for nearly 90 officials with the teaching participation of voluntary teachers from Hue Help. After more than six months of implementation, the course was ended successfully on 30th December 2011. This was a pilot programme that Hue Help carried out in Hue. And we will work with the partners to assess the programme and to plan for the coming years.

-Khanh Truong, Representative of Hue Help

Improving the Quality of Education for the Children in Our Shelter

One of Hue Help’s activities that we take special pride in is the improvement of education for the children in our shelter. We are fully aware that education is the best way for disadvantaged children to improve their future prospects. With that in mind, we hire tutors to come to the shelter to teach the children the official school subjects, such as Math, Physics, Chemistry, and English.

Before and throughout each school year we work closely with the tutors to exchange information about the classes and the students so as to assure the best possible results for all involved.

This school year we are happy to report some very encouraging results!  One student in particular, Truong, passed his entry exam to Thua Thien Hue College of Education. This is a great sign and we hope that many more of our kids will follow Truong into universities in the near future.

Besides the academic subjects, we also hold classes that help the children physically, such as swimming and kung fu classes.  Engaging in extracurricular activities such as these gives the children an opportunity to relax after working hard in school as well as giving them exercise to improve their health.

In the future Hue Help will hold courses on life skills, such as emotional control, communication, confidence-building, creative problem solving, listening and sharing, time management, safety, and effective study skills. These courses will offer the children the basic knowledge necessary to be successful as they apply their education toward achieving their dreams.

Truong, future student of Thua Thien Hue College of Education

Swimming for Safety Urban Programme 2011 Closing Ceremony

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On August 21st, 2011 Hue Help collaborated with Hue Sport Centre to organize the closing ceremony of the Swimming for Safety training course for the orphans of Hue city.

The training programme lasted for one month, from 12 July to 18 August, for 110 children living in five orphanages: Xuan Thuy, An Tay, ThuyXuan, Nguyen Trai and Hue Children’s Center. The children were taught basic swimming techniques and survival skills for when they have fallen in water. The programme’s goals were to improve the children’s health while also reducing the rate of drowning for children, which is a very serious issue in Vietnam.

By the end of the month it was clear the programme was a success! According to the results of the final assessment, 85% of the participating children now have basic swimming skills and 70% of children mastered the breast-stroke technique.

At the closing ceremony, we also organized a swimming competition for the children to show-off their new skills and to have some fun with each other. Xuan Phu orphanage won the first prize!

– Khanh Truong