A group of 10th graders from the HCM City-based Vietnam Australia International School is working on a project to donate solar lamps to needy students in the Ea-Rớt Village in the Central Highland province of Dak Lak.
|A group of 10th graders from the HCM City-based Vietnam Australia International School works on solar lamps. — Photo courtesy of the organiser|
Under the “Thắp Sáng Tri Thức” (Light up Your Knowledge) project, the students have made their own lamps called Aser40 with the help from their mentor, Nguyen Ly Thuy, a teacher of math.
They have also received support from the Green Innovation and Development Centre Vietnam (GreenID), a non-governmental organisation that promotes the co-benefits of sustainable energy, good practices about renewable energy, and energy efficiency.
Green ID helps them to call for donations and connect with Ea Rot Village authorities.
So far, the group has received VND59 million (US$2,531) in donations and 100 solar panels for the programme.
They aim to have VND75 million ($3,217) and 175 panels to give lamps to more than 170 students at the Ea-Rớt Primary School.
Ea-Rớt, a poor village in Krong Bong District, has a population of 946, with most of them Mong.
Children in the village who must work to support their families after school study at night. However, the village has not yet connected with the national power grid, so they do not have enough lights for study.
Thuy said: “I want the students to feel happy about the gifts. Happiness is the biggest gift.”
More details for the project can be found at https://www.facebook.com/aser40.