WHAT DO CEF DO?
Children’s Education Foundation – Vietnam works to break the poverty cycle by helping girls from impoverished or marginalised communities complete school or receive further education or training. By helping females CEF believes this not only helps young women but gives to succeeding generations and their communities the possibility of a better life with more choice.
A better life for young women can mean many things. A girl who completes her schooling grows into a women who is better able to look after her health and that of her children. By finishing schooling herself, she will care more that her children finish theirs and be better able to support them while they are in school. As a result of the skills and competencies she has gained during her schooling, she will be better equipped to earn a living and so have greater independence and dignity. An educated young women is also at considerably less risk of becoming a victim of sex trade or ending up an imprisoned worker in a sweatshop.
The sense of self-esteem and confidence that completing school gives, can contribute significantly and society as a whole.
While there are many ways you can make a difference through CEF, at Calla we chose to sponsor a young girl for her education fees. In fact we feel so strongly about the potential of this program to break the poverty cycle, we now sponsor three girls.
They each have their own unique story as to why they have come to the attention of the CEF and why their families cannot afford to pay for their schooling.