They Want To Study But Can’t Afford To

Nguyen Thi Duyen, 18, a HSCV beneficiary


18-year-old Nguyen Thi Duyen has two sisters, Nguyen Thi Ouyen, 20 and Nguyen Thi Hien, 15. Despite their excellent grades, all three of them are seriously contemplating dropping out of school to find work to help with the family expenses.

Both their parents are rice farmers but their 39-year-old mother cannot work, as she suffers from heart disease and problems with her kidneys and liver. The family spends about $50 a month on her medical bills. Desperate to make ends meet, they have sold everything they own in the house and even borrowed about $2200 to foot the medical bills.

The family’s income is nowhere near enough to sustain the mother’s heavy medical bills, even though the Duyen and Hien are both on the Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam (HSCV) educational scholarship.

Their family has been receiving assistance from HSCV for the past 4 years, and it is because of the educational scholarships that the girls are able to continue studying. HSCV’s Rice Distribution Programme also helps alleviate the family’s financial burden.

Duyen is waiting for a sponsor so that she can continue her education through the Educational Post High School Scholarship while her sister Hien will continue benefit from the educational scholarship to finish her high school education. Without sponsorship the family will be unable to be a part of the Rice Distribution programme, and suffer more.

You can help to make sure that does not happen.


The cost to sponsor a child for an Educational Post High School Scholarship is $400 per year.
The cost to sponsor a family for a year’s worth of Rice Distribution is $320.
The cost to sponsor a child for an educational scholarship is $80 per year.