Making papers with the “Red river kids”
On 1st and 2nd April, we had exciting and meaningful activities with the children at School on the Boat, a non-profit organization helping the “Red River children” in their schooling.
Their families are in precarious situations: they live illegally by the waterside of the Red River, and earn between US$2 to $5 per day per family. Sanitary conditions are also worrying, specifically unsafe floating houses and the daily use of the polluted and dirty water from the Red River
Many of the children living beside the Red River don’t have birth certificates. And even if they have one, they still can’t go to the public school because their parents can’t afford to pay the 270 US$ fees for the public school.
Zó wants to help these children to have the opportunity to learn something new about the local knowledge and the Vietnamese traditional paper. On the one hand, we have shared the knowledge of Vietnam traditional paper, and they have learned how to make paper together. On the other hand, their eagerness to learn continue to motivate us.
We do hope not only the children at School on the Boat but also our next generation will join our preservation of our traditional paper together.
Much thanks to School on the Boat for the incredible work done for disadvantaged children living along the Red River and the Long Bien area.
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