Getting Involved with the Community - Project Sprouts
As an all-volunteer organization, Project Sprouts is committed to using our time and efforts to support impoverished schools and students by providing them with much-needed tools for education. We also believe that through education our students can help not only themselves but also their communities. For this reason, we want to ensure that our students have the proper wear for their long journeys to get to school and that they have what they need to succeed when they arrive.
Project Sprouts is based here in Hanoi and works with local organizations and villages that are based primarily in the mountainous regions of northern Vietnam. We believe in making learning as comfortable as possible for students, so we raise money for Teacher and Student Kits during the Spring and Summer to prepare for the start of the school year, and then fundraise for winter coats and waterproof boots during the Fall and Winter months. We focus most of our efforts on areas that are quite inaccessible and therefore the students there lack access to many of the taken-for-granted resources that students in the big cities have in their local corner shops.
One of our biggest pushes this past year has been “Students Helping Students.” We think it is very important for students of all ages, to realize that they are part of something bigger than just themselves and understand that sometimes there is another reality happening alongside their own. To this end, in the past year, we have been very surprised and grateful for the outreach from schools here in Hanoi and further abroad. Students of all ages have invited us in to speak, created presentations for their schools, and put on fundraisers and drives to collect items and donations for our students and families. We even recently had a powerful team of 3rd and 4th grade girls put on a school festival called “Sprouts Market” in Australia, in our honor, to spread awareness of some of the problems their student counterparts face in remote areas here in Vietnam. Wow!
We are very grateful for our community partners and friends here in Hanoi and further abroad. We appreciate every local business that has worked with us to help raise awareness and donations for our cause. We couldn’t have done it without you, and you guys rock. These last months we have had donations coming in from our local Hanoi community as well as from all over the world. We have even had holiday performances and fundraisers put on in our name, in the United States! The outreach and support from the community this past year has been incredible, and we just want to say thank you to everyone who gives and supports whenever you can.
We especially want to take a moment to say thank you to all of our wonderful, dedicated volunteers. Each one of you is special and warm at heart, and we could not be Project Sprouts without you.
As a very small organization, we try and do what we can when we can. If you would like to donate or volunteer to help us out, please send us an email at [email protected] or send us a message through our Facebook page.