First of all, thank you for your interest in this campaign!
The Phieu Linh Project is a social project that co-operated by a group of passionate students, who come from universities across Vietnam, from the North to the South. “Phieu Linh” is a Chinese-Vietnamese word, literally means the state of wandering aimlessly. Implicitly, it represents our project’s beneficiaries — the street vending children selling handicrafts. “Phieu Linh” can be pronounced as “feeling” or “fill-in” in English. This term is broadly understood! You can have your own interpretation about its meaning, whether it’s the “feeling” of being empathized with those miserable lives, or it’s a desire of “filling-in” their empty mind, their aimless future a bold dream and a direction.
Our project takes and addressed the problem of child labor in the tourism sector in Sapa, Vietnam. Sapa is a small and beautiful town located in Lao Cai province, a border area between Vietnam and China. As a place of cultural interaction, Sapa is mingling itself with the booming of the hospitality industry and catching up with Vietnam economics development, but its people are left far behind. The loop of Poverty - Dropout of School - Child Labor is an intangible barrier that keeps them out of society’s development. Its strategic location in the border area with China along with its sceneries that attracted 2.5 million visitors in the first six months of 2017, has become prerequisites for modern-day slavery, cross-border human trafficking, and prostitution. Child labor is an intermediate leading to those social vices. The street vending children are easy to fall into the trap of those terrific problems when most of them aren’t equipped enough to protect themselves or recognize the dangers that lie behind them. Moreover, child labor deprives children of childhood, adversely affects school attendance and learning ability. In addition, children working as underage labors reduce their average income in the future and increase the likelihood of their children going to work early. In this way, poverty and child labor is passed on from generation to generation.
Sapa: the creator and the solver of miserable lives— street vending children!
Hence, The Phieu Linh Project aims tolower the number of children engaging in any form of child labor in the tourism sector, including street vending children by:
(1) Empowering them with education.
- Lecture-based workshops; inspirational and reflective classroom-based activities
- “Storyteller” activity
- Scholarships to attend a vocational training school
(2) Showing them how to exploit tourism in a proper way, which will solve the problem from its origin.
- Visit Sapa O’Chau, a local social enterprise that contributes to the community by sustainable tourism.
- Be inspired by Shu Tan, a role model who named her in Forbes Vietnam 30 under 30 List 2016 (the founder of above mentioned social enterprise).
Our objectives/expected outcomes for the project’s beneficiaries include:
- To be able to realize that street vending children is a form of child labor and is a drawback of tourism in Sapa.
- To be able to acknowledge and understand how to utilize the advantages of tourism in a proper way to improve their life and their community.
- To be able to change the perception that studying was unnecessary and be able to go to school in the next school year.
- To be inspired and empowered to become change-makers for their ethnic minorities community.
Your donations will help those children attend a vocational school in Hanoi, which is the capital city of Vietnam. This will ultimately empower them with better education, guarantee a better job and decent pay in the future, as well as more opportunities that would otherwise not be available. Let’s bring what we know about the outside world and what the world has to offer to those children!
As a token of appreciation for your donations, we will formally inform you through email about the process and the project's success measurement after it being conducted from July 6-July 14, 2019.
The Phieu Linh Project
For more information about The Phieu Linh Project, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/projectphieulinh/
Further information about drop out of school status in Sapa:
“40.52 percent of the surveyed working children had dropped out of school, with 34 of them (18.5 percent) re-illiterate. Most primary students dropped out at the beginning of secondary school, with the main reasons being poverty, poor school performance and a perception that studying was unnecessary. The number of children who never went to school was also high.” -ILO reported. (http://www.ilo.org/ipecinfo/product/download.do?type=document&id=27735).