Eliminating Poverty Through Education

Our program at Nguyen Shack aims to help children receive a good education and get a head start in life. Nguyen Shack always supports the local government to build new schools or to renovate schools in the areas where we run our business. We also encourage the children from the village to come to the Shack to practice their English with our guests. When the kids come we like to share our ecological values with them to reinforce the government effort to make Vietnam a more environmentally friendly country.

At Nguyen Shack – Can Tho, we support six young children living in the village pagoda by paying for their school fees and their food. These children were left by their parents at the pagoda because in Vietnam it is not socially acceptable for unmarried women to have children. This societal pressure causes some young women to abandon their infants. You can meet the children at the pagoda on the bicycle tour that we run daily.

At the pagoda, food and accommodation are offered to anyone that needs help. To give and to receive is at the heart of Buddhism – no matter how much you have you share what you have and you receive what is offered. The pagoda survives only from donations of food and money from the local community. Nguyen Shack has a large garden and we often bring vegetables from the garden to the pagoda for the children. Many of our guests have donated money, school supplies, and clothes.

Access to Medicine

We also support a traditional medicine clinic helps poor people in the area get herbal medicine for free or for a reduced price. The clinic runs on a system of donations. Patients pay what they can afford.

Support the Victims of Agent Orange

Nguyen Shack – Phong Nha, part of Quang Binh province, is where the American military used the most amount of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Because of this, many people have been born with physical or mental disabilities, and they are unable to take care of themselves. The social welfare they receive is not large enough, so we have decided to match the amount that the government gives them.

We believe that a measured amount of carefully targeted help can make all the difference

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