The New York-based Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Education (IVCE) has established the Rural Villages Scholarship Foundation to support poor students in rural areas of Vietnam.
|Students at a primary school in Quang Ngai Province. The New York-based Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Education (IVCE) has established the Rural Villages Scholarship Foundation to help poor students in rural areas of Vietnam. VNS Photo Cao Ba Lam|
President of the Institute, American-Vietnamese Tran Thang told Việt Nam News that the foundation plans to hand out 400 scholarships worth VND200 million (US$8,700) to students in provinces of Quang Binh and Quang Tri later this year.
Thang said the foundation will provide scholarships for two provinces each year stating from 2019.
Last year, IVCE presented VND100 million in financing for building classrooms and fresh water projects for schools in Bac Lieu and Gia Lai provinces.
In 2017, total VND200 million was raised to support students in the two provinces of Lam Dong and Quang Ngai.
The American-Vietnamese president also said the institute will auction precious things, including paintings by famous artists and copies of the ancient map of Hoang Sa (Paracels), to raise money for the scholarship foundation.
IVCE, a New York non-profit organisation founded in 2000, aims to raise awareness about Vietnamese culture and expand the educational opportunities of Vietnamese students. It also promotes Vietnamese culture and education in the US and abroad.
American-Vietnamese donors have given a 150-map collection published between 1826 and 1980, which indicate the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos belong to Vietnam.